• Press Release

Clinical Trial Will Evaluate Saracatinib in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

  • New York, NY
  • (January 13, 2020)

Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, National Jewish Health, and the Yale School of Medicine have been granted $4.7 million by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to conduct phase 1b/2a clinical trials of the experimental medication saracatinib to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

IPF is a serious, progressive disease that causes scarring of the lungs and other disabling pulmonary symptoms. The numbers of patients with this illness and of those newly diagnosed are increasing. The cause is not known and no cure has been discovered. Two medications, ninetedanib and pirfenidone, are approved for treatment of the disease. Both medications slow the progress of scarring, but do not cure the disease or improve quality of life.

Saracatinib, an experimental medication produced by AstraZeneca, inhibits the activity of Src kinases, enzymes that speed up chemical reactions in molecules of the body. Many kinases participate in cellular signaling associated with fibrosis. Originally developed as a cancer treatment, saracatinib was selected for possible effectiveness against IPF after genomic studies demonstrated overlap in the genes and signaling pathways relevant in IPF and those affected by saracatinib.

The Saracatinib in the Treatment of Patient with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (STOP IPF) trial will enroll 100 participants with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to receive either saracatinib or placebo for 24 weeks. Researchers will evaluate safety and tolerability of saracatinib in IPF, identify relevant biomarkers of Src kinase activity and fibrogenesis, and explore early indicators of saracatinib efficacy. The Medicine Clinical Trials Office at Mount Sinai will be involved in the implementation and oversight of this study

“The STOP IPF trial is an exciting study that will take us beyond the landmark trials that brought us the antifibrotic medications which slow progression of IPF, a relentless disease,” said Maria Padilla, MD, Director of the Pulmonary Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung Disease Program and Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “With this trial we aim to demonstrate efficacy of saracatinib and at the same time gain greater understanding of fibrosis and of biomarkers that can be used to guide response to treatment of IPF. We are proud to be part of this important multi-center study and look forward to its successful enrollment and completion.”

Greg Downey, MD, Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, and Naftali Kaminski, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, are co-Principal Investigators in the trial.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a top-ranked academic medical center in New York City, and National Jewish Health, the nation’s leading respiratory hospital based in Denver, Colorado, have partnered to create the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute. To learn more about the Mount Sinai – National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, visit our website, Facebook, or Twitter.


About the Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with 48,000 employees working across eight hospitals, more than 400 outpatient practices, more than 600 research and clinical labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time—discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.

Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 9,000 primary and specialty care physicians and 11 free-standing joint-venture centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida. Hospitals within the System are consistently ranked by Newsweek’s® “The World’s Best Smart Hospitals, Best in State Hospitals, World Best Hospitals and Best Specialty Hospitals” and by U.S. News & World Report's® “Best Hospitals” and “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The Mount Sinai Hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report® “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll for 2023-2024.

For more information, visit https://www.mountsinai.org or find Mount Sinai on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.