Fast-Track proposals will be accepted.
Number of Anticipated Awards: 2-4
Budget (total costs, per award):
Phase I: up to $300,000 for up to 9 months
Phase II: up to $2,000,000 for up to 2 years
PROPOSALS THAT EXCEED THE BUDGET OR PROJECT DURATION LISTED ABOVE MAY NOT BE FUNDED.
The clinical value of an agent is reflected by both its efficacy and its toxicity. In the chemoprevention space, the intention to minimize toxicity is even greater, since agents are administered to a relatively healthy (albeit high-risk) population, and most chemopreventive agents require administration over long periods of time. This limit on toxicity presents a major challenge in the development of chemopreventive agents with acceptable benefit risk ratios.
Our ability to identify populations at higher risk of developing cancer has significantly improved over the past decade. For example, women with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) are at increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, and potentially other cancers (e.g., pancreatic); individuals with Lynch syndrome are at increased risk of developing multiple cancer types including colorectal, endometrial, and gastric cancer. We are also able to detect cancer at earlier stages and often as precancerous lesions. Multiple studies have shown that these individuals at high risk for cancer or with precancerous lesions could benefit from chemoprevention approaches. A small number of chemopreventive agents have found some degree of success in the clinic, including tamoxifen and raloxifene for breast cancer prevention, and aspirin and celecoxib for colorectal cancer prevention. However, the systemic toxicities of these agents have limited their widespread use and acceptability.
Local agent delivery is an important strategy to reduce toxicity of chemopreventive agents, while maintaining clinical benefit. Local delivery of an agent can be performed by a physician or self-administered by an individual, which overcomes some of the access barriers that exist in healthcare. A localized chemoprevention approach is ideal in high risk individuals or individuals with premalignant diseases, as the agent can be applied locally to provide high drug concentrations at specific locations from where early disease would originate, while limiting systemic toxicity.
The goal of this concept is to solicit proposals to advance the development and/or application of local delivery devices or formulations for chemoprevention. The technology should be designed for effective delivery of agent to a specific organ while minimizing systemic toxicities. Acceptable toxicities will depend on the agent and target population. Toxicity should not exceed minimal grade 2 local toxicities, while short term local grade 3 toxicity may be acceptable in some populations. The proposed local delivery device/formulation may utilize any technology or agent capable of meeting the goals of this topic. Examples of local administration include topical (for oral, breast, skin or cervical cancers), inhalant or aerosolized (for lung or esophageal cancers), or digestive (for esophageal, stomach, or colorectal cancers). Proposals for development of local delivery devices or formulations via other administration routes or for other cancer types are also encouraged. Potential chemoprevention agents include but are not limited to active metabolites of tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, anti-progestin agents, rexinoids, Cox2 inhibitors, PARP inhibitors, Imiquimod, Polyphenon® E, Stat inhibitors, Tyrosine kinase inhibitors, etc.
The activities that fall within the scope of this contract solicitation include development and application of local delivery formulations or devices. Examples of appropriate activities include pre-clinical toxicity and efficacy studies in appropriate animal models, acceptability studies, and initial first-in-human testing. The offerors may develop a local delivery approach for FDA approved chemoprevention agents or for novel chemoprevention agents. For novel chemoprevention agents, the offerors should demonstrate significant reduction in cancer incidence in suitable cancer prevention animal models. Phase II clinical trials and beyond are not appropriate for this mechanism; investigators are encouraged to seek support for these studies from alternative NCI programs.
Closing date: October 22, 2018, 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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