Cantrixil is a product candidate in clinical stage being developed for the treatment of ovarian cancer. Cantrixil consists of the active molecule, a potent and selective third generation benzopyran SMETI inhibitor named TRXE-002-01, encapsulated in a cyclodextrin. It is believed to target a wide spectrum of cancer cells, including chemotherapy-resistant tumor-initiating cells that are thought to be responsible for disease relapse.
In December 2020, top-line results of a Phase I open-label study (NCT02903771), conducted at sites in the USA and Australia, were released. The Phase I study met its primary endpoints, establishing clinical proof of concept, subject to further clinical evaluation and confirmation. The results from the Phase I study were published in Cancers, a peer reviewed, open access journal of oncology. A Phase II study with Cantrixil is expected to be initiated in the second half of 2022.
Vivesto acquired the global development and commercialization rights for Cantrixil from Kazia Therapeutics in March 2021. Since acquiring these rights, Vivesto has been working on the continued the development of this asset. An advisory board has been established to obtain input on the clinical development plan. Vivesto will also seek advice from the EMA and FDA. The work to manufacture drug supply for upcoming clinical trials is ongoing.