Kronos Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: KRON), a company dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by cancer, and Tempus, a leader in artificial intelligence and precision medicine, today announced a multi-year collaboration that provides Kronos Bio with access to Tempus’ real-world genomic and transcriptomic data and data analytics tools.
Under the agreement, Kronos Bio will have access to a number of precision medicine tools, including Tempus’ modeling lab, which houses a growing repository of molecularly profiled organoids. Access to such data and tools will help Kronos Bio accelerate the preclinical and clinical development of its current and future portfolio, by for example, using organoid models to generate biomarker hypotheses that can be tested in the clinic or in virtual molecularly defined patient cohorts drawn from Tempus’ extensive data sets.
The collaboration builds on an earlier agreement announced in February under which Tempus is performing molecular characterization of tumor samples from patients enrolled in Kronos Bio’s Phase 1/2 clinical study of the company’s CDK9 inhibitor KB-0742. Tempus will retrospectively sequence and analyze these patient samples to assess the relationship between MYC copy number, MYC expression levels and clinical response. Tempus will also explore a path to developing a companion diagnostic.
The expanded relationship leverages Kronos Bio’s deep expertise in transcriptional regulation and Tempus’ next-generation-sequencing capabilities, as well as drawing on each company’s computational biology capabilities. Kronos Bio also has the option to join Tempus’ TIME Trial® Network, which supports rapid patient identification, site activation and enrollment of select clinical trials.
“With a shared commitment to improving patient outcomes, we are building upon our existing work with Kronos Bio to advance the company’s portfolio of clinical programs, including lanraplenib and KB-0742,” said Marc Yoskowitz, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Life Sciences at Tempus. “We look forward to harnessing the strength of our entire platform to support the discovery and development of novel cancer therapeutics.”
The capabilities provided under the expanded agreement offer Kronos Bio the opportunity to access real-world data to further refine current understanding of transcription regulatory networks (TRNs), which could help accelerate clinical development.
“This partnership will bring together Kronos Bio’s knowledge and experience with transcriptional regulatory networks and Tempus’ sequencing expertise and exceptional data analytics tools and organoid models,” said Jorge DiMartino, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer and executive vice president, Clinical Development at Kronos Bio. “We are looking forward to working together now and in the future, as we continue to progress our current clinical candidates, test rational combinations, and bring forward new ones, with the goal of getting medicines to patients as quickly as possible.”
Tempus is a technology company advancing precision medicine through the practical application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. With one of the world’s largest libraries of matched clinical and molecular data, and an operating system to make that data accessible and useful, Tempus enables physicians to make near real-time, data-driven decisions to deliver personalized patient care and in parallel facilitates discovery, development and delivery of optimal therapeutics. The goal is for each patient to benefit from the treatment of others who came before by providing physicians with tools that learn as the company gathers more data. For more information, visit tempus.com.
About Kronos Bio, Inc.
Kronos Bio is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering and developing therapies that seek to transform the lives of those affected by cancer. The company focuses on targeting dysregulated transcription factors and the regulatory networks within cells that drive cancerous growth. Kronos Bio’s lead investigational therapy is entospletinib, a selective inhibitor targeting spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) in development for the frontline treatment of NPM1-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The company is also developing KB-0742, an oral inhibitor of cyclin dependent kinase 9 (CDK9), for the treatment of MYC-amplified solid tumors.
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