Kinnate Biopharma Inc. Presents Preclinical Data From its Lead RAF Inhibitor Candidate KIN-2787 at ASCO 2021

Data highlights in vitro and in vivo activity of KIN-2787 against human cancers driven by Class I, Class II and Class III BRAF mutations

SAN FRANCISCO and SAN DIEGO, June 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kinnate Biopharma Inc. (Nasdaq: KNTE) (“Kinnate”), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers, announced results from preclinical studies evaluating its lead RAF inhibitor candidate, KIN-2787. These data will be presented today during a virtual poster session at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

KIN-2787, Kinnate’s most advanced product candidate, is an orally available small molecule pan-RAF inhibitor being developed for the treatment of patients with lung cancer, melanoma, and other solid tumors. Unlike currently available treatments that target only Class I BRAF kinase mutations, Kinnate has designed KIN-2787 to target Class II and Class III BRAF mutations, where it would be a first-line targeted therapy, in addition to covering Class I BRAF mutations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Kinnate’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for KIN-2787 and the company anticipates initiating a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial of the candidate in patients with mutant BRAF-driven solid tumors in mid-2021.

“These data are important, early signals of the potential anti-tumor activity of KIN-2787 and support our IND application recently cleared by the FDA,” said Eric Murphy, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, and co-founder of Kinnate. “Our approach targets dimer signaling in specific patient populations with BRAF mutations while minimizing MAPK paradoxical activation. KIN-2787 shows pronounced in vitro and in vivo activity against human cancers driven by Class I, II and III BRAF alterations, and these results support our phase 1 clinical trial initiating shortly in these defined molecular subtypes.”

The poster presentation, delivered by Aleksandra Franovic, PhD, Senior Director of Translational Medicine at Kinnate, highlights data which show that treatment with KIN-2787 resulted in exposure-dependent inhibition of MEK-ERK phosphorylation and was accompanied by the successful suppression of MAPK transcriptional targets at the RNA and protein level. High selectivity was displayed for all three RAF family kinases in screens evaluating its activity against more than 600 kinases. Due to potent dimer inhibition, KIN-2787 did not demonstrate significant paradoxical activation in these studies. Twice daily (BID) dosing was well-tolerated and led to prolonged target coverage and a trend towards more frequent and deeper tumor responses in vivo.

Kinnate’s poster presentation (Abstract #3116), titled “The next-generation pan-RAF inhibitor, KIN-2787, is active in class II and class III BRAF Mutant models,” will be available for on-demand viewing at 09:00AM ET today and can be accessed via: https://conferences.asco.org/am/attend.

About Kinnate
Kinnate is focused on the discovery and development of small molecule kinase inhibitors for difficult-to-treat, genomically defined cancers. Kinnate’s mission is to expand the reach of targeted therapeutics by developing products for underserved populations. Kinnate utilizes its deep expertise in structure-based drug discovery, translational research, and patient-driven precision medicine, which it refers to as the Kinnate Discovery Engine, to develop targeted therapies. Based in San Francisco and San Diego, California, the Kinnate team is composed of drug discovery experts supported by a distinguished group of scientific advisors. For more information, please visit www.kinnate.com.

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Contacts:

Investors:
Patti Bank
Westwicke, an ICR Company
415-513-1284
investors@kinnate.com

Media:
Colin Sanford
203-918-4347
colin@bioscribe.com


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