Tiltan Pharma announced that it has enrolled the first U.S. patient, at White Plains Hospital in Westchester County N.Y., in a Phase 2 clinical trial of its anti-angiogenic product, TL-118, for the treatment of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
The Phase 2 study is already ongoing in four major oncology centers in Israel: The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Hadassah Medical Center, Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center and the Rambam Medical Center. The clinical trial will enroll 80 patients with newly diagnosed metastatic pancreatic cancer that have not yet been treated with chemotherapy. The trial includes two treatment groups with 40 subjects each. The control group is allocated to standard chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, and the treatment group receives TL-118 in addition to standard-of-care chemotherapy.
TL-118 was initially tested in a mouse model of pancreatic cancer. In these pre-clinical studies, TL-118 monotherapy has been shown to inhibit tumor growth significantly, compared to the standard-of-care chemotherapy. Moreover, TL-118 therapy in combination with the standard-of-care chemotherapy has eliminated the tumors in all treated animals.
TL-118 inhibits new blood vessel formation in tumors and thus inhibits their blood supply and growth. TL-118 is formulated as an oral solution administered once daily at home. It is comprised of a combination of agents that