Nuvectis Pharma Announces FDA Clearance of NXP900 IND

Fort Lee, NJ, May 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nuvectis Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCT) (“Nuvectis” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative precision medicines for the treatment of serious conditions of unmet medical need in oncology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) cleared the Company’s Investigational New Drug Application (“IND”) for NXP900, which includes the Phase 1 clinical trial protocol.

“The IND clearance by the FDA is a significant milestone for the NXP900 development program and for our overall corporate strategy, further demonstrating our ability to execute our business plan,” said Ron Bentsur, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nuvectis. Mr. Bentsur continued, “Nuvectis now has two precision oncology, clinical-stage drug candidates, each with several potential opportunities in cancers that represent serious conditions of unmet medical need. We believe that NXP900 presents a unique opportunity due to its differentiated mechanism of action and pharmacologic attributes, and we are excited to start the clinical program to unlock its therapeutic potential.”

About NXP900

Nuvectis licensed exclusive world-wide rights to NXP900, a novel inhibitor of the SRC family of kinases (“SFKs”) with low nanomolar potency against YES1 and SRC, from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Over activation of SFKs occurs frequently in tumor tissues and they are central mediators in multiple oncogenic signaling pathways. YES1, a key member of the SFKs, enhances the phosphorylation, nuclear localization and oncogenic activity of YAP1, a key Hippo pathway effector. In preclinical studies, NXP900 demonstrated robust single agent antitumor activity in several in vivo xenograft models, including in squamous cell cancers such as cervical, head and neck and esophageal carcinomas in which Hippo pathway mutations and copy number abnormalities are prevalent. In addition, NXP900 in combination with osimertinib (the active ingredient in TAGRISSO®) in vitro and with enzalutamide (the active ingredient in Xtandi®) in vivo demonstrated the potential ability to reverse acquired resistance to these drugs in non-small cell lung cancer and metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer, respectively.

About Nuvectis

Nuvectis Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative precision medicines for the treatment of serious conditions of unmet medical need in oncology. The Company is currently developing two drug candidates, NXP800 and NXP900. NXP800 is a clinical stage, oral small molecule currently in a Phase 1b study. NXP800 was granted Fast Track Designation by the FDA for the treatment of platinum-resistant, ARID1a-mutated, ovarian carcinoma. NXP900 is a novel inhibitor of SFKs with low nanomolar potency against YES1 and SRC. The IND for NXP900 has been cleared by the FDA and the Phase 1a study is expected to commence in the coming months.

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Forward Looking Statements

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Nuvectis Pharma Contact:
Ron Bentsur
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
rbentsur@nuvectis.com 

Media Relations Contact:
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LifeSci Advisors
Tel: 917-680-5608
ccalabrese@lifesciadvisors.com 

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