Kura Oncology Announces Late-Breaking Presentations for Tipifarnib in HRAS Mutant Squamous Head and Neck Cancer and for KO-539 in AML at Upcoming AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference

October 16, 2017 at 7:30 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kura Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq:KURA), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision medicines for oncology, today announced presentations at the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, taking place October 26-30, 2017 in Philadelphia.

A late-breaking poster will be presented on Saturday, October 28, by Dr. Alan Ho of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and will feature data from Kura’s recently-announced positive Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) with HRAS mutations. In addition, the poster has been selected as the subject of a short, oral presentation during the Spotlight on Proffered Papers Session 1 on Friday, October 27.

A second late-breaking poster will be presented on Saturday, October 28, and will feature preclinical data for KO-539, Kura’s potent and selective inhibitor of the menin-MLL interaction, supporting the potential clinical utility of KO-539 in NPM1- and DNMT3A-mutant AML.

The schedule and locations for the late-breaking oral presentation and poster presentations is as follows:

Oral Presentation:

Title of Presentation: Preliminary results from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial of tipifarnib in tumors with HRAS mutations
Date & Time: Friday, October 27, 2017, 10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Alan L. Ho, M.D., Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Session: Spotlight on Proffered Papers Session 1
Location: Terrace Ballroom, 400 Level, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Poster Presentations:

Title of Poster: Preliminary results from a Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial of tipifarnib in tumors with HRAS mutations
Date & Time: Saturday, October 28, 12:30 p.m.4:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Alan L. Ho, M.D., Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Session: Late-Breaking Poster Session A (Clinical Trials)
Abstract Number: LB-A10
Location: Hall E, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Title of Poster: A novel small molecule menin-MLL inhibitor for potential treatment of MLL-rearranged leukemias and NPM1/DNMT3A-mutant AML
Date & Time: Saturday, October 28, 12:30 p.m.4:00 p.m. EDT
Presenter: Francis Burrows, Ph.D., Kura Oncology
Late-Breaking Poster Session A (Epigenetic Targets)
Abstract Number: LB-A27
Location: Hall E, Pennsylvania Convention Center

About Kura Oncology

Kura Oncology is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to realizing the promise of precision medicines for the treatment of cancer. The company’s pipeline consists of small molecule drug candidates that target cancer signaling pathways where there is a strong scientific and clinical rationale to improve outcomes by identifying those patients most likely to benefit from treatment. Kura Oncology’s lead drug candidate is tipifarnib, a farnesyl transferase inhibitor, which is currently being studied in multiple Phase 2 clinical trials. Kura’s pipeline also includes KO-947, an ERK inhibitor, currently in a Phase 1 trial, and KO-539, an inhibitor of the menin-MLL protein-protein interaction, currently in preclinical testing. For additional information about Kura Oncology, please visit the company’s website at www.kuraoncology.com.

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