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Turning Point Therapeutics Announces FDA Clearance of Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for Combination of Elzovantinib and Aumolertinib in EGFR Mutant Met-Amplified Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Turning Point Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: TPTX), a precision oncology company developing next-generation therapies that target genetic drivers of cancer, today announced that the company has received clearance from the FDA for the company’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application for the combination of elzovantinib and aumolertinib in EGFR mutant MET-amplified advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The company expects to initiate the Phase 1b/2 SHIELD-2 combination study in mid-2022.

Aumolertinib is EQRx’s third generation EGFR inhibitor which is approved in China for first line treatment of EGFR mutant NSCLC and second line treatment of T790M+ EGFR mutant NSCLC. The combination of elzovantinib and aumolertinib will be studied in this Phase 1b/2 trial in patients with EGFR mutant MET-amplified advanced NSCLC who have progressed following treatment with osimertinib. The study will evaluate the safety, tolerability and preliminary efficacy of the combination regimen.

Preclinical data suggest the combination of MET and EGFR inhibition has the potential to increase anti-tumor activity based on complementary mechanisms. It is estimated that 15 to 20% of patients who progress on a first-line EGFR inhibitor develop MET amplification as the basis of acquired resistance.

“We are pleased with the clearance of this IND,” said Mohammad Hirmand, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “We look forward to initiating the trial in mid-2022 and exploring the potential clinical benefits of this investigational combination therapy.”

About Turning Point Therapeutics Inc.
Turning Point Therapeutics is a clinical-stage precision oncology company with a pipeline of internally discovered investigational drugs designed to address key limitations of existing cancer therapies. The company’s lead drug candidate, repotrectinib, is a next-generation kinase inhibitor targeting the ROS1 and TRK oncogenic drivers of non-small cell lung cancer and advanced solid tumors. Repotrectinib, which is being studied in a registrational Phase 2 study in adults and a Phase 1/2 study in pediatric patients, has shown antitumor activity and durable responses among kinase inhibitor treatment-naïve and pre-treated patients. The company’s pipeline of drug candidates also includes elzovantinib, targeting MET, CSF1R and SRC, which is being studied in a Phase 1 trial of patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors harboring genetic alterations in MET; TPX-0046, targeting RET, which is being studied in a Phase 1/2 trial of patients with advanced or metastatic solid tumors harboring genetic alterations in RET; and TPX-0131, a next-generation ALK inhibitor, which is being studied in a Phase 1/2 trial of previously treated patients with ALK-positive advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. The company is driven to develop therapies that mark a turning point for patients in their cancer treatment. For more information, visit

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Adam D. Levy, PhD, MBA


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