APL-101 (c-METi)

APL-101: c-Met inhibitor

APL-101 is a novel, potent, selective and orally bioavailable small molecule c-Met inhibitor that targets the dysregulation of c-Met pathway in multiple tumors. It is a selective and potent inhibitor of the c-Met receptor kinase, which is over-expressed and/or mutated in several tumor types. 

c-Met, the hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) receptor, is an oncogene encoding tyrosine kinase receptor. It mainly exists in epithelial cells, and plays an important role in cell differentiation, proliferation, cell cycle, movement, and apoptosis. c-Met dysregulation is often associated with tumor growth, invasion and metastasis. Uncontrolled c-Met signaling in cancer cells can occur through a number of mechanisms, including c-Met protein overexpression, MET gene amplification, MET gene mutation or fusion/rearrangement. Because of its pleotropic role in cellular processes important in oncogenesis and cancer progression, c-Met is an important target in anticancer therapy. The dysregulation of c-Met signaling pathway has been detected in various solid tumors, indicating the potential of c-Met inhibitors for tumor-agnostic and pan-cancer therapies. 

Apollomics retains worldwide rights to APL-101 outside of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Competitive Advantages

  • Targeting multiple cancers with c-Met amplification with or without exon 14 skipping mutation

  • Combination potential with immune checkpoint inhibitors

  • Superior blood-brain barrier permeability compared to other c-Met inhibitors in cell models

  • Favorable preclinical safety profile

Preclinical and Clinical Trials

APL-101 has demonstrated preclinical tumor inhibitory effect in a variety of human primary c-Met amplified gastric, hepatic, pancreatic and lung cancer xenograft models. The Phase 1 clinical trial demonstrated the safety and tolerability of APL-101 and a dose was selected to advance to Phase 2. APL-101 also showed preliminary anti-tumor activity in subjects with exon 14 skipping mutation and/or MET amplification in a Phase 1 trial conducted in China by our partner, Beijing Pearl Biotechnology Co., Ltd. In collaboration with Caris MPI, Inc., we have developed an RNA-based companion diagnostic strategy that employs whole transcriptome sequencing for patient selection in clinical trials of APL-101.

Apollomics Sparta

Sparta Phase 2 Clinical Trial
An international multicenter, open-label study evaluating the safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary efficacy of APL-101.
Trial: NCT03175224

Target Indications:

  • Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with MET exon 14 skipping alterations
  • Glioblastoma multiforme with MET amplifications and fusions
  • Solid tumors with MET amplifications and fusions
Trial Details
Trial Name: APOLLO
Agents: APL-101 (c-Met inhibitor) + APL-501 (anti-PD-1)
Indication: Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Trial: NCT03655613
Trial Details
Trial Name: APOLLO
Agents: APL-101 (c-Met inhibitor) + nivolumab (anti-PD-1)
Indication: Renal Cell Carcinoma
Trial: NCT03655613
Trial Details
Trial Name: APOLLO-2
Agents: APL-101 (c-Met inhibitor) + I/O +/- Chemotherapy
Indication: NSCLC

China Partner & Clinical Trials:

Beijing Pearl Biotechnology Co. Ltd. has development rights in China for APL-101 where it is referred to as PLB1001.

Trial Details
Type: Single Agent
Indication: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Trial: NCT04258033

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