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Development of an effective and safe systemic Myc inhibitor for the treatment of multiple cancer types.

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Organization address
address: CALLE NAZARET 115-117
postcode: 8035

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 148˙875 €
 EC max contribution 148˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-07-01   to  2019-12-31


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 Project objective

Current cancer therapies target redundant cellular functions often compensated for by cancer cells, resulting in resistance to treatment. Here we propose an innovative approach to inhibit Myc, a non-redundant and “most-wanted” therapeutic target for human cancer. Targeting Myc has long been considered unfeasible because of the potentially catastrophic side effects in normal tissues. Against this dogma, we showed that Myc inhibition by Omomyc, a Myc mutant designed by Dr. Soucek, has a dramatic therapeutic impact in multiple mouse models of cancer, while causing only limited and reversible side effects. Critically, there is no emergence of resistance. Thanks to the ERC-2013-CoG n° 617473, we discovered the unexpected cell-penetrating properties of the purified Omomyc polypeptide. Moreover, we found that it is anti-tumorigenic after local (intranasal) delivery to mouse models of lung and brain tumors, and could therefore become the first clinically-viable direct Myc inhibitor. With this ERC PoC, we propose to develop a new drug based on an Omomyc variant that enables systemic treatment of several cancer types including lymphoma, breast, and melanoma. In all these cancers Myc contributes to multiple aspects of tumorigenesis including immune suppression. At the end of this project we will have a patent protected therapeutic polypeptide active in vitro and in vivo and ready to enter clinical trials Phase I/II in patients and to continue its commercialization. The forecasted peak revenue for such first-in-class drug in those indications reaches 2.612 M€ annually. With this ERC PoC project we will achieve essential milestones to develop this innovative therapeutic polypeptide by establishing the feasibility, including a commercial data package and cost estimations for the industrial production. Passing these milestones will de-risk the product and increase its value and probability of reaching the market by making it ready to be transferred to a spin-off company.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Mireia Pesarrodona, Toni Jauset, Zamira V. Díaz‐Riascos, Alejandro Sánchez‐Chardi, Marie‐Eve Beaulieu, Joaquin Seras‐Franzoso, Laura Sánchez‐García, Ricardo Baltà‐Foix, Sandra Mancilla, Yolanda Fernández, Ursula Rinas, Simó Schwartz, Laura Soucek, Antonio Villaverde, Ibane Abasolo, Esther Vázquez
Targeting Antitumoral Proteins to Breast Cancer by Local Administration of Functional Inclusion Bodies
published pages: 1900849, ISSN: 2198-3844, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201900849
Advanced Science 6/18 2020-03-05
2019 S. Ramón y Cajal, P. Sancho, L. Soucek, H. Peinado, M. Abad, M. Valiente, A. Efeyan, J. Pardo, V. Quesada, J. Jimeno, P. M. Duque, A. Antón, I. Varela, A. J. Schuhmacher
A spotlight on cancer researchers in Spain: new paradigms and disruptive ideas
published pages: , ISSN: 1699-048X, DOI: 10.1007/s12094-019-02199-4
Clinical and Translational Oncology 2020-02-28
2018 Sílvia Casacuberta-Serra, Laura Soucek
Myc and Ras, the Bonnie and Clyde of immune evasion
published pages: S457-S459, ISSN: 2218-676X, DOI: 10.21037/tcr.2018.03.09
Translational Cancer Research 7/S4 2020-02-28
2019 Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Toni Jauset, Daniel Massó-Vallés, Sandra Martínez-Martín, Peter Rahl, Loïka Maltais, Mariano F. Zacarias-Fluck, Sílvia Casacuberta-Serra, Erika Serrano del Pozo, Christopher Fiore, Laia Foradada, Virginia Castillo Cano, Meritxell Sánchez-Hervás, Matthew Guenther, Eduardo Romero Sanz, Marta Oteo, Cynthia Tremblay, Génesis Martín, Danny Letourneau, Martin Montagne, Migu
Intrinsic cell-penetrating activity propels Omomyc from proof of concept to viable anti-MYC therapy
published pages: eaar5012, ISSN: 1946-6234, DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aar5012
Science Translational Medicine 11/484 2020-02-28
2019 Jonathan Whitfield, Laura Soucek
Editorial overview: Peptides in cancer
published pages: iii-v, ISSN: 1471-4892, DOI: 10.1016/j.coph.2019.06.001
Current Opinion in Pharmacology 47 2020-02-28
2019 Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Laura Soucek
Finding MYCure
published pages: e1618178, ISSN: 2372-3556, DOI: 10.1080/23723556.2019.1618178
Molecular & Cellular Oncology 6/5 2020-02-28

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