Ajax Therapeutics Announces FDA Clearance of IND Application for AJ1-11095, a First-in-Class Type II JAK2 inhibitor, for the Treatment of Myelofibrosis

– AJ1-11095 is the first Type II JAK2 Inhibitor to ever enter the clinic- 

– Phase 1 dose escalation study expected to begin in 2H 2024 –

New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, May 13, 2024Ajax Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing next generation JAK inhibitors for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), today announced that it has received clearance for its Investigational New Drug (IND) application from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a Phase 1clinical study of AJ1‑11095, a first-in-class Type II JAK2 inhibitor, for the treatment of patients with myelofibrosis.

“We are thrilled to obtain clearance to advance AJ1-11095 into the clinic and excited to bring this innovative new medicine to patients with myelofibrosis,” said Martin Vogelbaum, co-founder and CEO of Ajax Therapeutics. “This is an important milestone for our company and our first program to enter the clinic and the first clinical study to ever evaluate a Type II JAK2 inhibitor in patients.”

“We look forward to the clinical development of AJ1-11095 in myelofibrosis and to initiating our Phase 1 dose escalation study, AJX-101, later this year,” said David Steensma, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Ajax. “As a first-in-class therapy with a unique mechanism as a Type II inhibitor of JAK2, AJ1-11095 was developed to provide a much-needed new treatment for patients with myelofibrosis by offering the potential for improved efficacy with disease modifying effects compared to existing therapies.”

About AJ1-11095

AJ1-11095 was designed by Ajax, through our collaboration with Schrödinger, to be a next generation JAK2 inhibitor by using structure-based drug design and computational methods at scale to selectively bind the Type II conformation of the JAK2 kinase and to provide greater efficacy with disease modification compared to all currently approved JAK2 inhibitors which bind the Type I conformation of JAK2. Additionally, AJ1-11095 has been shown in preclinical studies to reverse marrow fibrosis, reduce mutant allele burden and maintain efficacy against MPN cells that become resistant to chronic Type I JAK2 inhibition.

About Myelofibrosis

Myelofibrosis (MF) is a rare blood cancer that affects approximately 20,000 patients in the United States. The disease is characterized by spleen enlargement, scarring (fibrosis) in the bone marrow, progressive anemia, and debilitating symptoms, such as fatigue, night sweats, itching, and abdominal discomfort, which can impair a patient’s’ quality of life. The most widely used treatment for MF patients are Type I JAK2 inhibitors which can reduce spleen size and provide symptomatic improvement but have little effect on the underlying cause of disease.  Over time, most MF patients stop Type I JAK2 inhibitor therapy.  The most common causes for treatment discontinuation include a lack of benefit or loss of response, adverse events, and disease progression, leaving significant unmet treatment needs for these patients. 

About Ajax Therapeutics

Ajax Therapeutics, Inc. is pursuing uniquely selective approaches to develop novel next generation therapies for myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), including myelofibrosis. By combining the deep cancer and structural biology insights of our founding scientists with the industry’s most advanced computational drug discovery and protein structure platforms, we aim to discover and develop more precisely designed therapies to address the significant unmet needs for patients with MPNs.

Please find more information at www.ajaxtherapeutics.com. 

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Kathryn Morris, The Yates Network LLC

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