Kazia Therapeutics — Collaboration may expand utility to combo therapies

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Kazia Therapeutics — Collaboration may expand utility to combo therapies

Kazia Therapeutics has announced a research collaboration with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (an Australia-based cancer research center) to investigate the utility of its lead asset, paxalisib (PI3K/mTOR inhibitor) in solid tumors. The collaboration plans to build on previously conducted research, including the potential use of paxalisib as an immune modulator in solid tumors. We note that the company recently announced encouraging data in a preclinical melanoma study, highlighting Kazia’s growing focus on exploring indications other than brain cancer and brain metastases, following the recent setback in the GBM AGILE study where paxalisib was unsuccessful in graduation to stage 2 of the Phase III trial.

Soo Romanoff

Written by

Soo Romanoff

Managing Director - Head of Content, Healthcare

Healthcare

Kazia Therapeutics

Collaboration may expand utility to combo therapies

Research update

Pharma and biotech

19 December 2022

ADR research

Price

$0.53

Market cap

$8m

ADR/Ord conversion ratio 1:10

Net cash (US$ m) at end-September 2022

3.4

ADRs in issue

16.34m

ADR code

KZIA

ADR exchange

Nasdaq

Underlying exchange

ASX

Depository

BNY

ADR share price performance

52-week high/low

$8.65

$0.53

Business description

Kazia Therapeutics is a late-stage clinical pharmaceutical company with lead asset paxalisib (a PI3K inhibitor that can cross the blood-brain barrier, licensed from Genentech) in a pivotal study for GBM and in early-stage studies in childhood brain cancers, DIPG and AT/RT. The other asset is the Phase I drug EVT801, an inhibitor of VEGFR3.

Next events

Interim data from EVT801 Phase I study

H1 CY23

Phase III GBM AGILE top-line data

H2 CY23

Interim data from Phase II PNOC22 trial

CY23

Analysts

Soo Romanoff

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Jyoti Prakash, CFA

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Nidhi Singh

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Kazia Therapeutics is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Kazia Therapeutics has announced a research collaboration with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (an Australia-based cancer research center) to investigate the utility of its lead asset, paxalisib (PI3K/mTOR inhibitor) in solid tumors. The collaboration plans to build on previously conducted research, including the potential use of paxalisib as an immune modulator in solid tumors. We note that the company recently announced encouraging data in a preclinical melanoma study, highlighting Kazia’s growing focus on exploring indications other than brain cancer and brain metastases, following the recent setback in the GBM AGILE study where paxalisib was unsuccessful in graduation to stage 2 of the Phase III trial.

Year end

Revenue
(US$m)

PBT*
(US$m)

EPADR
(US$)

DPADR
(US$)

P/E
(x)

Gross yield
(%)

06/21

10.5

(3.1)

(0.25)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/22

0.0

(14.6)

(1.08)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/23e

0.0

(18.6)

(1.12)

0.0

N/A

N/A

06/24e

10.6

(16.8)

(1.01)

0.0

N/A

N/A

Source: *Converted at 1.45/US$. Dividend yield excludes withholding tax. Investors should consult their tax advisor regarding the application of any domestic and foreign tax laws.

Paxalisib is an inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K), which, unlike typical drugs in the class, can cross the blood-brain barrier. Paxalisib is Kazia’s most clinically advanced asset. An ongoing Phase III study in glioblastoma, GBM AGILE, did not graduate to an expansion stage, but the first stage of approximately 150 patients remains ongoing, with final data expected in H2 CY23. Paxalisib is also being evaluated in seven other ongoing investigator-sponsored clinical trials, both in primary brain cancers (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, DIPG, and primary central nervous system lymphoma) and secondary cancers that have metastasized to the brain.

The preclinical collaboration with QIMR Berghofer is led by Professor Sudha Rao and is focused on assessing the effectiveness of PI3K inhibition as a potential immune modulator of the tumor microenvironment. If confirmed, it could pave the way for usage of paxalisib as a combination treatment with checkpoint inhibitors such as Keytruda (pembrolizumab, Merck) and Opdivo (nivolumab, Bristol Myers Squibb) in solid tumors such a breast and lung cancers. Results from the research are expected to be published in H1 CY23 with the possibility of progressing to the clinic in CY23, provided the preclinical data is encouraging. Initial in-vitro findings are encouraging, with paxalisib demonstrating inhibition of both the primary tumor and metastasis by boosting the immune response within the tumor microenvironment. We see this collaboration as a step towards exploring the applicability of paxalisib in other (ie non-central nervous system) cancer indications, a departure from the company’s traditional focus on brain cancers (both primary and secondary).

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