C4 Therapeutics Announces FDA Orphan Drug Designation for CFT8634 for the Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcoma
WATERTOWN, Mass., March 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- C4 Therapeutics, Inc. (C4T) (Nasdaq: CCCC), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing targeted protein degradation science to develop a new generation of small-molecule medicines and transform how disease is treated, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to CFT8634 for the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma.
The FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development grants orphan designation status to drugs and biologics that are intended for the safe and effective treatment, diagnosis or prevention of rare diseases, or conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. Orphan Drug Designation provides certain benefits, including financial incentives, to support clinical development and the potential for up to seven years of market exclusivity in the U.S. upon regulatory approval.
“Patients living with synovial sarcoma currently have limited treatment options. After first-line treatment with chemotherapy, the benefit of which is typically of limited durability, patients with metastatic synovial sarcoma tend to do poorly. The FDA’s decision to grant orphan drug designation to CFT8634 is an important recognition of the potential of our targeted protein degrader to address this dire unmet medical need faced by patients and their families,” said Adam Crystal, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer of C4 Therapeutics.
CFT8634 is a BiDAC™ degrader targeting BRD9 for the treatment of cancers that are dependent on BRD9, including synovial sarcoma and SMARCB1 deleted cancers. BRD9 has been considered an “undruggable” target because inhibitors of the bromodomain of BRD9 are not effective in treating these cancers. However, C4T’s TORPEDO® platform was leveraged to discover CFT8634, an orally bioavailable, selective degrader of BRD9. Unlike BRD9 inhibition, BRD9 degradation is efficacious in preclinical models of synovial sarcoma. In December 2021, the FDA cleared C4T’s investigational new drug (IND) application for CFT8634 to proceed with the proposed Phase 1/2 trial in patients with synovial sarcoma and SMARCB1-null solid tumors. Site activation efforts have commenced and the trial remains on track to begin dosing patients in the first half of 2022.
About C4 Therapeutics
C4 Therapeutics (C4T) (Nasdaq: CCCC) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to delivering on the promise of targeted protein degradation science to create a new generation of medicines that transforms patients’ lives. C4T is leveraging its TORPEDO® platform to efficiently design and optimize small-molecule medicines that harness the body’s natural protein recycling system to rapidly degrade disease-causing proteins, offering the potential to overcome drug resistance, drug undruggable targets and improve patient outcomes. C4T is advancing multiple targeted oncology programs to the clinic and expanding its research platform to deliver the next wave of medicines for difficult-to-treat diseases. For more information, please visit www.c4therapeutics.com.
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