Sierra Reports Late-Breaking Preclinical Data for SRA737 Presented at AACR 2019

Late-breaking oral presentation reports profound, durable synergistic activity for immunotherapy combined with SRA737+LDG, its Chk1 inhibitor plus low dose gemcitabine (LDG), in small cell lung cancer models

VANCOUVER, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Sierra Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: SRRA), a clinical stage drug development company focused on advancing targeted therapeutics for the treatment of patients with significant unmet needs in hematology and oncology, announced that preclinical data for SRA737+LDG, its Chk1 inhibitor plus non-cytotoxic low dose gemcitabine (LDG), in combination with immunotherapy, are being reported today in a late-breaking oral presentation at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2019 being held in Atlanta, Georgia.

"Given the limited response rates for anti-PD-L1 drugs in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), better treatment options are sorely needed. Our data, showing durable tumor regressions when combining SRA737+LDG with anti-PD-L1 in a mouse model, warrant further clinical studies to investigate the potential of this approach as a strategy to improve outcomes in our patients," said senior researcher Lauren Averett Byers, M.D., Associate Professor of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

In the study, SRA737+LDG demonstrated significant anti-tumor activity when combined with anti-PD-L1 in a mouse model of SCLC, resulting in durable tumor regressions. These results were accompanied by an induction of anti-tumor cytotoxic T-cells and M1 macrophages and a corresponding reduction in several pro-tumorigenic cell types in the tumors of drug-treated animals.

"The unique replication stress-inducing properties of SRA737 as potentiated by non-cytotoxic low dose gemcitabine have been previously demonstrated to result in intrinsic anti-tumor activity in multiple preclinical models. These striking new data provide evidence for SRA737+LDG's activation of innate immune signaling and the establishment of an anti-tumor immune microenvironment that synergizes with immune checkpoint inhibitors," said Dr. Christian Hassig, Chief Scientific Officer, Sierra Oncology. "These findings provide a mechanistic basis for the growing body of evidence highlighting a synergistic interplay between replication stress and anti-tumor immune responses and afford a compelling rationale for evaluating SRA737+LDG with immunotherapy in the clinic."

SRA737 AACR Late-Breaking Oral Presentation:
Date/Time: Monday, April 1st from 3:00 to 5:00 pm ET
Session: Minisymposium: Late-Breaking Research 2
Title: Combination treatment of the CHK1 inhibitor, SRA737, and low dose gemcitabine demonstrates profound synergy with anti-PD-L1 inducing durable tumor regressions and modulating the immune microenvironment in small cell lung cancer
Authors: Triparna Sen, Carminia M. Della Corte, Snezana Milutinovic, Lixia Diao, Robert J Cardnell, Ryan J. Hansen, Bryan Strouse, Michael P. Hedrick, Christian Hassig, Jing Wang, Lauren A Byers.
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Room B404

Summary slides from this presentation will be made available on the company's website at

About SRA737+LDG
SRA737 is a potent, highly selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a key regulator of cell cycle progression and the DNA Damage Response (DDR). SRA737+LDG is a novel drug combination, where non-cytotoxic low dose gemcitabine acts as a potent inducer of replication stress that potentiates SRA737's anti-tumor activity.

Phase 1/2 clinical trials of SRA737 as monotherapy (NCT02797964) and in combination with low dose gemcitabine (NCT02797977) in multiple solid tumors (ovarian, prostate, non-small cell lung, squamous (head & neck, anal), colorectal, small cell lung, sarcoma, cervical, anogenital) are ongoing. Sierra has also prepared for a potential clinical study of SRA737 in combination with a PARP inhibitor.

Sierra Oncology retains the global commercialization rights to SRA737.

About Sierra Oncology
Sierra Oncology is a clinical stage drug development company advancing targeted therapeutics for the treatment of patients with unmet medical needs in hematology and oncology. Our lead drug candidate, momelotinib, is a potent, selective and orally-bioavailable JAK1, JAK2 and ACVR1 inhibitor that has been investigated in two completed Phase 3 trials for the treatment of myelofibrosis and has demonstrated a potentially differentiated therapeutic profile encompassing anemia-related benefits, as well as achieving substantive splenic volume reduction and constitutional symptom control.

Sierra is also advancing SRA737 and SRA141. SRA737 is a potent, highly selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1), a key regulator of cell cycle progression and the DNA Damage Response (DDR). SRA737 is currently being investigated in two Phase 1/2 clinical trials primarily focused on patients with ovarian cancer: SRA737-01, a monotherapy study, and SRA737-02, a drug combination study evaluating SRA737 potentiated by non-cytotoxic low dose gemcitabine. SRA141 is a potent, selective, orally bioavailable small molecule inhibitor of Cell division cycle 7 kinase (Cdc7). Cdc7 is a key regulator of DNA replication and is involved in the DDR network, making it a compelling emerging target for the potential treatment of a broad range of tumor types.

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