TYME Announces Orphan Drug Designation for Potential Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Bedminster-based Tyme Technologies, Inc. (TYME), an emerging biotechnology company developing cancer metabolism-based therapies (CMBTs™), announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company Orphan Drug Designation for its lead pipeline candidate, SM-88 (racemetyrosine), as a potential treatment for patients with pancreatic cancer.

The FDA’s Office of Orphan Drug Products grants orphan status to support development of medicines for underserved patient populations, or rare disorders, that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Orphan Drug Designation provides certain benefits, including market exclusivity upon regulatory approval, if received, exemption of FDA application fees and tax credits for qualified clinical trials.

“Receiving Orphan Drug Designation for SM-88 is another important milestone to emerge from our innovative pipeline of cancer metabolism-based compounds,” said Steve Hoffman, chairman and chief executive officer of TYME. “We are pleased with the progress we are making in the clinic and believe that SM-88, which is now in multiple late-stage clinical trials offers the potential to play a significant role in establishing a new treatment paradigm for more than 57,000 patients who are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer annually within the United States.”

SM-88 is an oral investigational modified proprietary tyrosine derivative that is believed to interrupt the metabolic processes of cancer cells by breaking down the cells’ key defenses and leading to cell death through oxidative stress and exposure to the body’s natural immune system. Clinical trial data have shown that SM-88 has demonstrated encouraging tumor responses across 15 different cancers, including pancreatic, lung, breast, prostate and sarcoma cancers with minimal serious grade 3 or higher adverse events. SM-88 is an investigational therapy that is not approved for any indication in any disease.

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