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Salarius Pharmaceuticals Presents Compelling Data in Two SP-3164 Targeted Protein Degrader Posters at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

SP-3164 demonstrates compelling antitumor activity in animal models of follicular lymphoma and compelling antitumor activity in animal models of multiple myeloma

Preclinical findings support the Company’s planned clinical development of SP-3164 in hematologic cancers

HOUSTON, April 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company using protein inhibition and protein degradation to develop cancer therapies for patients in need of new treatment options, today announced the presentation of two posters related to the company’s novel molecular glue, SP-3164, at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. Both abstracts highlight preclinical findings with SP-3164, with one focused on non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and the other on multiple myeloma (MM).

“These two studies presented at the prestigious AACR Annual Meeting are adding to the growing body of SP-3164 preclinical data demonstrating anticancer activity alone and in combination with standard-of-care treatments,” said David Arthur, president and chief executive officer of Salarius. “In addition, we were excited at the level of interest – at both poster presentations – by representatives from large pharmaceutical companies, biotech companies, and cancer researchers.”

Research presented at AACR by Daniela Santiesteban, Ph.D., director of protein degradation development at Salarius, in a poster titled “SP-3164, a novel Ikaros and Aiolos molecular glue degrader with preclinical activity in non-Hodgkin lymphomas,” demonstrated:

  • The robust protein degradation effects of SP-3164 and validated it as the active anticancer species of avadomide; and
  • SP-3164’s compelling antitumor activity of SP-3164 in animal models of follicular lymphoma, a type of NHL, as a single agent and in combination with approved agents, venetoclax (Venclexta®) or tazemetostat (Tazverik®).

The other poster was presented by Aundrietta Duncan, Ph.D., director of non-clinical development at Salarius, and was titled “SP-3164, a novel molecular glue degrader with activity in preclinical models of multiple myeloma.” These studies demonstrated the protein degradation and antitumor activity of SP-3164 in both cell line and animal models of multiple myeloma. In addition, the data showed SP-3164 induced apoptosis in multiple myeloma cell lines. In animal models, SP-3164 demonstrated superior single-agent activity compared to both lenalidomide (Revlimid®) and pomalidomide (Pomalyst®). Also in MM animal models, the combination treatment of SP-3164 and the approved therapy bortezomib (Velcade®) was superior to the combination of pomalidomide and bortezomib.

Both posters are available on Salarius’ website at www.salariuspharma.com.

About Salarius Pharmaceuticals
Salarius Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapies for patients with cancer in need of new treatment options. Salarius’ product portfolio includes seclidemstat, Salarius’ lead candidate, which is being studied as a potential treatment for pediatric cancers, sarcomas and other cancers with limited treatment options, and SP-3164, an oral small molecule protein degrader. Seclidemstat is currently in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for relapsed/refractory Ewing sarcoma. This trial is currently on a partial clinical hold and is not enrolling new patients. Seclidemstat has received fast track, orphan drug and rare pediatric disease designations for Ewing sarcoma from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Salarius is also exploring seclidemstat’s potential in several cancers with high unmet medical need, with an investigator-initiated Phase 1/2 clinical study in hematologic cancers at MD Anderson Cancer Center. This trial is also currently on a partial clinical hold and is not enrolling new patients. Salarius has received financial support from the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation to advance the Ewing program and was a recipient of a Product Development Award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). SP-3164 is currently in IND-enabling studies and anticipated to enter the clinic in 2023. For more information, please visit salariuspharma.com or follow Salarius on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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