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Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Reports Updated Data from Ongoing Phase 1 Clinical Study of DCC-2618 at the European Society of Medical Oncology 2017 Congress


- Updated Data Include Durable Disease Control Rates in
Heavily Pretreated GIST Patients -

- Reductions in KIT Mutant Allele Frequencies with DCC-2618
Support pan-KIT Activity Across the Spectrum of Exons 9, 11, 13, 14, 17
and 18 Mutations -

Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company
focused on addressing key mechanisms of tumor drug resistance, today
announced the presentation of updated data from its ongoing Phase 1
clinical trial of DCC-2618, the Company's pan-KIT and PDGFRα inhibitor,
in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). The data were
presented in an oral presentation at the European Society for Medical
Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress on September 9, 2017, in Madrid, Spain.
This expands upon data from the same trial presented at the ASCO meeting
in June 2017, providing further validation of the clinical benefit of
DCC-2618 with more patients continuing on therapy out to 12 and 24
weeks. The data showed that in heavily pretreated patients with GIST,
treatment with DCC-2618 at ≥100 mg daily resulted in disease control
rates of 76% at 12 weeks and 57% at 24 weeks.

"The clinical activity observed to date, which includes durable
responses in patients who were resistant to other kinase inhibitors,
supports the planned evaluation of DCC-2618 in a placebo-controlled
randomized, pivotal Phase 3 trial in patients with GIST who have
previously received approved therapies," said Michael D. Taylor, Ph.D.,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. "In
addition to this initial Phase 3 trial in fourth-line GIST patients,
where there are no approved therapies, we plan to initiate a second
pivotal Phase 3 trial in second-line GIST patients comparing DCC-2618 to

"DCC-2618 continues to demonstrate good tolerability and clinical
activity in heavily pretreated patients with GIST," said Oliver Rosen,
M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals. "The extensive
reductions in KIT mutant allele frequencies observed across the spectrum
of exons 9, 11, 13, 14, 17 and 18 mutations supports the pan-KIT
activity of DCC-2618 in these patients."

In an oral presentation, titled "Encouraging activity of novel pan-KIT
and PDGFRα inhibitor DCC-2618 in patients (pts) with gastrointestinal
stromal tumor (GIST)," Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented data from 57 heavily pretreated
GIST patients. As of July 28, 2017, data showed:

  • At daily doses of 100 mg or greater, GIST patients with KIT or PDGFRα
    driven disease on DCC-2618 showed a disease control rate (DCR) of 76%
    at 12 weeks (n=25) and a DCR of 57% at 24 weeks (n=21). DCR is defined
    as patients with stable disease, partial response or complete response
    as assessed by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors, or RECIST.
  • Treatment with DCC-2618 resulted in reductions in cfDNA KIT mutant
    allele frequencies (MAF) compared to baseline values (n=19),
    suggesting pan-KIT activity across the spectrum of exons 9, 11, 13,
    14, 17 and 18 mutations.
  • DCC-2618 was generally well-tolerated at all dose levels studied, and
    a dose of 150 mg once per day was selected for the expansion cohorts
    and planned Phase 3 pivotal trials.

Details for the presentation are as follows:

Title: Encouraging activity of novel pan-KIT and PDGFRα inhibitor
DCC-2618 in patients (pts) with gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST).
Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
Session: Sarcoma: Proffered Paper Sarcoma Session
Sebastian Bauer, M.D., West German Cancer Center, University of Essen
Date and Time: Saturday, September 9, 2017,
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (CEST)

About DCC-2618
DCC-2618 is currently in a first-in-human
Phase 1 clinical trial. DCC-2618 is a pan-KIT and PDGFRα kinase switch
control inhibitor in clinical development for the treatment of KIT
and/or PDGFRα-driven cancers, including gastrointestinal stromal tumors,
glioblastoma multiforme and systemic mastocytosis.

About Deciphera Pharmaceuticals
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals is
a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the
lives of cancer patients by tackling key mechanisms of drug resistance
that limit the rate and/or durability of response to existing cancer
therapies. Our small molecule drug candidates are directed against an
important family of enzymes called kinases, known to be directly
involved in the growth and spread of many cancers. We use our deep
understanding of kinase biology together with a proprietary chemistry
library to purposefully design compounds that maintain kinases in a
"switched off" or inactivated conformation. These investigational
therapies comprise tumor-targeted agents designed to address therapeutic
resistance causing mutations and immuno-targeted agents designed to
control the activation of immunokinases that suppress critical immune
system regulators, such as macrophages. We have used our platform to
develop a diverse pipeline of tumor-targeted and immuno-targeted drug
candidates designed to improve outcomes for patients with cancer by
improving the quality, rate and/or durability of their responses to

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