Drug Profile


Alternative Names: Elesclomol sodium; STA-4783

Latest Information Update: 10 Sep 2017

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At a glance

  • Originator Synta Pharmaceuticals
  • Class Antineoplastics; Hydrazines; Ketones; Small molecules; Thiones
  • Mechanism of Action Apoptosis stimulants; Chelating agents; HSP70 heat shock protein stimulants; Reactive oxygen species stimulants
  • Orphan Drug Status

    Orphan designation is assigned by a regulatory body to encourage companies to develop drugs for rare diseases.

    Yes - Malignant melanoma
  • New Molecular Entity Yes

Highest Development Phases

  • Discontinued Acute myeloid leukaemia; Cancer; Malignant melanoma; Non-small cell lung cancer; Ovarian cancer; Prostate cancer; Sarcoma

Most Recent Events

  • 15 Mar 2016 Synta Pharmaceuticals enter into an asset purchase agreement with a third party (Synta Pharmaceuticals, Form 10-K, March 2016)
  • 13 Aug 2015 Elesclomol is still in phase II trials for Ovarian cancer (Combination therapy, Second-line therapy or greater) in the USA
  • 09 Apr 2014 Discontinued - Phase-I for Prostate cancer (combination therapy, hormone refractory, late-stage disease, metastatic disease) in USA (IV)
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