Oncology Venture - Dovitinib
Dovitinib is an investigational orally active small molecule multi-kinase inhibitor that exhibits potent activity against multiple RTKs involved in tumor growth and angiogenesis.
Therapeutic Target Annual Diagnoses (est.)
Renal cancer (85 % of all kidney cancers) 342,000 (worldwide, 0.85 * 403,000)
Metastatic breast cancer in combination with fulvestrant TBD

How it Works

Dovitinib binds to and inhibits the phosphorylation of type III-V RTKs, such as vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) and platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) that promote tumor cell proliferation and survival in certain cancer cells. In addition, this agent also inhibits other members of the RTK superfamily, including fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 and 3, FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3, stem cell factor receptor (c-KIT), and colony stimulating factor receptor 1. This may further lead to a reduction of cellular proliferation and angiogenesis, and an induction of tumor cell apoptosis.

Clinical Trials

Following refinement of the diagnostic biomarker, the dovitinib DRP will be used to prospectively select patients most likely to respond to the compound for inclusion in a planned Phase 2 trial of dovitinib for the treatment of breast and liver cancer.

In a Phase 3 trial in metastatic renal cell carcinoma, dovitinib achieved therapeutic equivalence with the current standard of care, sorafenib.  Earlier stage studies explored its potential utility in multiple therapeutic indications including liver cancer, breast cancer and various solid tumors. 

A molecular model of dovitinib

Dovitinib DRP

The dovitinib DRP was developed using biopsies taken during Novartis’ clinical trial program, which spanned multiple cancer indications. OV applied its DRP to the samples in a blinded to proof-of-concept study to assess its ability to identify likely responders to dovitinib. The study found a consistent signal that is indicative of the biomarker’s ability to spot responders.

OV will further refine the Dovitinib DRP biomarker to hone its predictive ability by analyzing data from additional biopsies and genomic data sets from other previous, relevant clinical studies with this promising compound.


Oncology Venture licensed global rights to Dovitinib (TKI258) from Novartis in April 2018.


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