Kura Oncology Announces Upcoming Presentations at AACR Annual Meeting 2018

April 9, 2018 at 7:30 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO, April 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kura Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq:KURA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of precision medicines for oncology, today announced that three abstracts relating to the company’s lead product candidate, tipifarnib, and ERK inhibitor, KO-947, will be presented at the upcoming American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2018, which will be held from April 14-18, 2018 in Chicago. The following abstracts are now available on the AACR website at www.aacr.org.

Tipifarnib is Highly Active in HRAS Mutant Lung Squamous Carcinoma Tumor
Models (Abstract # 4917)
Session Category: Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics
Session Title: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
Session Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place South, Exhibit Hall A, Poster Section 41

11q13 Amplification Selects for Sensitivity to the ERK Inhibitor KO-947 in
Squamous Cell Carcinomas (Abstract # 3885)
Session Category: Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics
Session Title: Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacogenomics
Session Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place South, Exhibit Hall A, Poster Section 37

Preclinical Activity of Tipifarnib in Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma (Abstract # 1873)
Session Category: Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics
Session Title: Experimental Agents and Combinations for Hematologic Malignancies 2
Session Date and Time: Monday, April 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place South, Exhibit Hall A, Poster Section 38

Following presentation at the meeting, the posters will be available on Kura's website at www.kuraoncology.com.

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 in solid tumor and hematologic indications. The company plans to initiate the AIM-HN trial, a single-arm, registration-directed trial of tipifarnib in at least 59 recurrent or metastatic patients with HRAS mutant squamous cell head and neck cancer (HNSCC) in the second half of 2018. 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 development. For additional information about Kura Oncology, please visit the company’s website at www.kuraoncology.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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