SAN DIEGO, March 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX), a late-stage targeted oncology company, today announced it will present initial preclinical data on the Company's synthetic lethal PRMT5 inhibitor during a late-breaking minisymposium at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Virtual Annual Meeting taking place April 10-15, 2021.
"At Mirati, we are applying leading-edge drug discovery strategies, such as synthetic lethality, to translate this exciting research approach into meaningful, targeted therapeutic options for patients with cancer," said James Christensen, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief scientific officer, Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. "We look forward to presenting early preclinical data at AACR from our internally-discovered, potentially first-in-class, synthetic lethal PRMT5 inhibitor, as an example of how Mirati is progressing the science of novel targets."
Mirati is developing a novel synthetic lethal PRMT5 inhibitor targeting the methylthioadenosine phosphorylase (MTAP)-deleted patient population. Deletions of the MTAP gene locus are commonly observed in pancreatic, lung, and bladder cancers, among others, and are linked to poor patient outcomes. PRMT5 is an enzyme critical to the survival of normal and tumor cells and is partially inhibited by methylthioadenosine (MTA) which accumulates in MTAP-deleted cancers. Mirati's differentiated approach selectively targets the PRMT5/MTA complex in MTAP-deleted cancer cells while sparing normal cells and represents a precision medicine strategy.
Title: Fragment based discovery of MRTX9768, a synthetic lethal-based inhibitor designed to bind the PRMT5/MTA complex and selectively target MTAP/CDKN2A-deleted tumors
Author: Matthew Marx, Ph.D., senior vice president, drug discovery, Mirati Therapeutics, Inc.
Abstract #: LB003
Late-Breaking Minisymposium 1
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Additional information can be found at www.aacr.org.
About Mirati Therapeutics
Mirati Therapeutics is a late-stage biotechnology company whose mission is to discover, design and deliver breakthrough therapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer and their loved ones. The company is relentlessly focused on bringing forward therapies that address areas of high unmet need, including lung cancer, and advancing a pipeline of novel therapeutics targeting the genetic and immunological drivers of cancer. Mirati is using its scientific expertise to develop novel solutions in two registration-enabling programs: adagrasib (MRTX849), an investigational small molecule, potent and selective KRAS G12C inhibitor, as monotherapy and in combination with other agents, and sitravatinib, an investigational spectrum-selective inhibitor of receptor tyrosine kinases in combination with checkpoint inhibitor therapies. Mirati is also advancing its differentiated preclinical portfolio, including MRTX1133, an investigational KRAS G12D inhibitor, and other oncology discovery programs. Unified for patients, Mirati's vision is to unlock the science behind the promise of a life beyond cancer.
Forward Looking Statements
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