LIXTE Biotechnology Announces Sarah Cannon Research Institute Joins City of Hope’s Ongoing Phase 1b Clinical Trial in Evaluating Lixte’s Lead Anti-Cancer Compound, LB-100, in Small Cell Lung Cancer

Clinical Trial Focuses on Assessing Whether LB-100 Enhances the Effectiveness of a Standard Regimen Combining Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy for Untreated Small Cell Lung Cancer as it Does in Animal Models

PASADENA, CA, April 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LIXTE Biotechnology Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIXT) (“LIXTE” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage drug discovery company developing pharmacologically active drugs for use in cancer treatment, announced that Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) ) at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville, Tennessee, is joining an ongoing Phase 1b clinical trial initiated at City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the United States, to assess the combination of LIXTE’s first-in-class protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) inhibitor LB-100 with a standard regimen for previously untreated, extensive stage disease small cell lung cancer (ED-SCLC) (NCT04560972).

City of Hope continues as the coordinating center for the trial with Ravi Salgia, M.D., PhD, as the principal investigator. The SCRI component of the trial will be led by Melissa Johnson, M.D. Drs. Salgia and Johnson are nationally recognized leaders in lung cancer research and care.

John S. Kovach, M.D., LIXTE’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are excited to have SCRI at Tennessee Oncology joining this important clinical trial. The involvement of SCRI, one of the world’s leading oncology research organizations, is expected to increase the accrual of patients to this clinical trial, thus reducing the time required to demonstrate the feasibility, tolerability, and efficacy of adding LB-100 to this regimen. If a significant improvement in outcome is seen with the addition of LB-100 to this regimen, this would be an important advance in the treatment of this very aggressive disease.”

Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D., City of Hope’s Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology, commented, “City of Hope is pleased that this trial is continuing and will be accessible to more small cell lung cancer patients who are in need of more therapeutics options.”

Melissa Johnson, M.D., Director, Lung Cancer Research, SCRI, commented, “Small cell lung cancer is a very aggressive cancer with few therapeutic advances in recent years. We remain committed to identifying and advancing novel therapies for these patients. Dr. Salgia’s protocol adds Lixte’s lead compound, LB-100, to both chemotherapy and immunotherapy in a promising new approach to this disease.”

About LIXTE Biotechnology Holdings, Inc.

LIXTE Biotechnology Holdings, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on new targets for cancer drug development and developing and commercializing cancer therapies. LIXTE has achieved a breakthrough with its novel, first-in-class lead clinical compound and PP2A inhibitor, LB-100, demonstrating that LB-100 is well-tolerated in cancer patients at doses associated with anti-cancer activity. Based on extensive published preclinical data (see, LB-100 has the potential to significantly improve outcomes for patients undergoing various chemotherapies or immunotherapies. LIXTE's new approach has no known competitors and is covered by a comprehensive patent portfolio. Initial proof-of-concept clinical trials are in progress.

About City of Hope

City of Hope's mission is to deliver the cures of tomorrow to the people who need them today. Founded in 1913, City of Hope has grown into one of the largest cancer research and treatment organizations in the U.S. and one of the leading research centers for diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. City of Hope research has been the basis for numerous breakthrough cancer medicines, as well as human synthetic insulin and monoclonal antibodies. With an independent, National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center at its core, City of Hope brings a uniquely integrated model to patients spanning cancer care, research and development, academics and training, and innovation initiatives. City of Hope’s growing national system includes its Los Angeles campus, a network of clinical care locations across Southern California, a new cancer center in Orange County, California, and treatment facilities in Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix. City of Hope’s affiliated group of organizations includes Translational Genomics Research Institute and AccessHope. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and LinkedIn.

About Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) is one of the world’s leading oncology research organizations conducting community-based clinical trials. In 2022, SCRI formed a joint venture with US Oncology Research to enhance clinical trial access and availability across the country. Focused on advancing therapies for patients over the last three decades, SCRI is a leader in drug development. It has conducted more than 600 first-in-human clinical trials since its inception and contributed to pivotal research that has led to the majority of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA today. SCRI’s research network brings together physicians who are actively accruing patients to clinical trials at more than 250 locations in 26 states across the United States. 

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