ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Clinical Trial Support Agreement with Janssen to Evaluate EPI-7386 Combinations in Patients with Prostate Cancer

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ESSA Pharma Inc. Announces Clinical Trial Support Agreement with Janssen to Evaluate EPI-7386 Combinations in Patients with Prostate Cancer
ESSA Pharma (NASDAQ: EPIX ) Inc.

("ESSA", or the "Company") (EPIX), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies for the treatment of prostate cancer, today announced that the Company has entered into a clinical trial support agreement (the "Agreement") with Janssen Research & Development, LLC ("Janssen") to enable evaluation of ESSA's first-in-class N-terminal domain androgen receptor inhibitor, EPI-7386, in combination with apalutamide as well as the combination of EPI-7386 with abiraterone acetate plus prednisone in patients with prostate cancer.

Under the terms of the Agreement, ESSA will sponsor and conduct a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating the safety, pharmacokinetics, drug-drug interactions, and preliminary anti-tumor activity of EPI-7386 when administered in combination with either apalutamide or abiraterone acetate plus prednisone. Janssen will supply apalutamide and abiraterone acetate. ESSA will retain all rights to EPI-7386.

Cohort A of the Phase 1 clinical trial will assess EPI-7386 in combination with abiraterone acetate plus prednisone in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer ("mCRPC") and high-risk metastatic castration-sensitive prostate cancer ("mCSPC"). Cohort B is a Window of Opportunity study in which patients with non-metastatic CRPC will receive up to 12 weeks of single agent EPI-7386 before adding standard-of-care apalutamide.

"We are pleased to have this agreement in place in order to further investigate EPI-7386 in combination with apalutamide and abiraterone acetate plus prednisone in a variety of prostate cancer patient populations," said David R. Parkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of ESSA. "Preliminary clinical data from EPI-7386 combination studies with standard-of-care antiandrogens in mCRPC patients have shown a favorable safety profile and encouraging early signs of anti-tumor activity. We look forward to examining EPI-7386 with apalutamide and abiraterone acetate with prednisone in additional prostate cancer populations to assess the safety, tolerability, optimal dose(s) and preliminary anti-tumor activities of these approaches."

About EPI-7386

EPI-7386 is an investigational, highly-selective, oral, small molecule inhibitor of the N-terminal domain of the androgen receptor. EPI-7386 is currently being studied in a Phase 1 clinical trial (NCT04421222) in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer ("CRPC") whose tumors have progressed on standard-of-care therapies. The U.S. FDA has granted Fast Track designation to EPI-7386 for the treatment of adult male patients with mCRPC resistant to standard-of-care treatment. ESSA is also conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial (NCT05075577) of EPI-7386 in combination with enzalutamide in metastatic CRPC patients who have not yet been treated with second-generation antiandrogen therapies. ESSA retains all rights to EPI-7386 worldwide.

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