Jonathan Lim, Erasca CEO

Eras­ca touts ear­ly col­orec­tal can­cer da­ta, trims a slate of tri­als and pre­clin­i­cal pro­grams to re­fine fo­cus

Eras­ca be­lieves it’s se­cured the ear­ly clin­i­cal da­ta to show one of its tar­get­ed ther­a­pies holds promise as a “back­bone” for drug com­bi­na­tions, par­tic­u­lar­ly for col­orec­tal can­cer. But to get there, the biotech is chop­ping a string of com­bo tri­als and oth­er dis­cov­ery-stage pro­grams to nar­row its fo­cus.

Gone are three tri­als pair­ing ERAS-007 with dif­fer­ent drugs (two ap­proved, one ex­per­i­men­tal from Eras­ca’s own pipeline) in var­i­ous can­cer types; a tri­al for a KRAS G12C in­hibitor “due to in­creas­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive land­scape for small- and mid-cap bio­phar­ma com­pa­nies”; and three pre­clin­i­cal can­di­dates hit­ting SOS1, MYC and RAS, re­spec­tive­ly.

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