SK Biopharmaceuticals SKL27969 gets U.S. FDA trial nod

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SK Biopharmaceuticals SKL27969 gets U.S. FDA trial nod

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SK Biopharmaceuticals received approval to start Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of SKL27969, an anti-cancer treatment candidate, in the United States, the company said Thursday.
 
With permission from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Phase 1 clinical trials will be conducted on 100 patients at 16 institutions to test the candidate’s safety and tolerability.
 
SKL27969 is a drug that works to control Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5). PRMT5 is a type of protein that has been shown to be overexpressed in many types of cancers, as well as negatively correlated with patient survival.
 
SK Biopharmaceuticals aims to develop SKL27969 as a treatment for brain disorders such as brain tumors. Preclinical trials produced meaningful results confirming the candidate’s efficacy, the company said.
 
“SKL27969 is SK Biopharmaceuticals’ first project to develop anti-cancer treatment,” said Cho Jeong-woo, CEO of SK Biopharmaceuticals. “We will endeavor to expand our capability to the anti-cancer treatment sector beyond the central nervous system sector.”
 
SK Biopharmaceuticals built its first anti-cancer drug research and development center in Pangyo, Gyeonggi, in 2017. 

BY SARAH CHEA [chea.sarah@joongang.co.kr]
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