We are focused on the discovery and development of potentially best-in-class or first-in-class precision oncology therapies. To achieve this, we are focused on addressing issues such as tolerability and combinability, resistance, and disease escape through brain metastases.
Our product candidates include:
Our discovery and research programs include:
Our most advanced candidate, ELVN-001, is a potent, highly selective, small molecule kinase inhibitor designed to specifically target the BCR-ABL gene fusion, the oncogenic driver for patients with CML.
Although the approval of BCR-ABL TKIs has improved the life expectancy of patients with CML significantly, tolerability, safety, resistance, and patient convenience concerns have become more prominent as patients can now expect to live on therapy for decades. These issues can result in the loss of molecular response and disease progression for many patients and drive approximately 20% patients to switch therapy within the first year and approximately 40% to switch in the first 5 years.
Our preclinical studies showed that ELVN-001 does not meaningfully interfere with the activity of kinases known to limit efficacy and tolerability of approved ATP-competitive TKIs. Additionally, given ELVN-001's mechanism of action, it potentially represents a complementary option to allosteric BCR-ABL inhibitors, which may play an increasingly important role in the standard of care.
ELVN-001 was also designed to be active against the T315I mutation, the most common BCR-ABL mutation, which confers resistance to nearly all approved TKIs. Importantly, ELVN-001 was designed to be a more attractive option for patients with comorbidities, on concomitant medications or desiring more freedom from stringent administration requirements.
Our second product candidate, ELVN-002, is a potent, selective and irreversible HER2 inhibitor with activity against various HER2 mutations, including Exon 20 insertion mutations (E20IMs) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), for which there are currently no approved small molecule inhibitors.
ELVN-002 is designed to inhibit HER2 and key mutations of HER2, while sparing wild-type EGFR and avoiding EGFR-related toxicities. We believe that if ELVN-002 achieves this profile, it will be able to achieve an improved therapeutic index compared to current approved and investigational TKIs as well as provide a meaningful therapeutic option to patients with brain metastases, a key mechanism of resistance to current therapies in patients with NSCLC and other HER2 driven diseases.
While the initial focus for this program is for HER2 mutant NSCLC, we intend to seek to expand the opportunity to patients with other HER2 mutations as well as HER2 amplified tumors including breast, colorectal, and gastric cancers.
In addition to our two lead programs, we are pursuing several additional research stage opportunities that align with our development approach. We are in the process of screening and optimizing the chemistry for multiple programs and expect to make a product candidate nomination for our third program in the first half of 2023. We believe that the collective experience of our team, along with the insights we develop from our initial programs, will enable us to efficiently test our preclinical hypothesis and continue to design high quality program candidates for future opportunities.