DCGI approves Glenmark’s phase-I clinical trial for its novel molecule GRC 54276

The company will initiate the trial by June 2022 to determine the safety, tolerability and preliminary anti-tumour activity of the molecule

Glenmark Pharma announced that it has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to conduct a phase-I clinical trial of its novel small molecule, GRC 54276, a hematopoietic progenitor kinase 1 (HPK1) inhibitor. GRC 54276 is one of the many novel molecules from Glenmark’s resident, Innovative Medicines Group, headed by Dr Nikhil Amin, Chief Scientific Officer, specialising in the development of novel molecular entities for critical unmet medical needs.

HPK1 is a key regulator of T cell, B cell and dendritic cell-mediated immune responses, which improves anti-tumour immunity by activating and priming T cells. GRC 54276 has shown tumour cell killing ability in pre-clinical studies as a single agent and as well in combination with checkpoint inhibitors, making it a high-priority target in immuno-oncology, Glenmark said in a statement.

The study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of GRC 54276 as a monotherapy, and also in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in patients with advanced solid tumours and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Glenmark will initiate phase-I clinical trial in India by June 2022, and also plans to file an IND in the US and Clinical Trial Applications in Europe to kick-off a fully global clinical study programme, the statement added.

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