Aptose to Present at the Cantor Global Healthcare Conference

SAN DIEGO and TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aptose Biosciences Inc. (“Aptose” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: APTO, TSX: APS), a clinical-stage precision oncology company developing highly differentiated oral kinase inhibitors to treat hematologic malignancies, today announced that the Aptose management team will participate in the Cantor Global Healthcare Conference being held September 26-28, 2023, in New York City.

Dr. William G. Rice, Chairman, President and CEO of Aptose, will participate on a panel, Targeted Therapies for AML, and with Mr. Fletcher Payne, CFO of Aptose, will be hosting one-on-one meetings during the conference. To schedule a one-on-one meeting with the Aptose management team, please contact your conference representative.

Cantor Global Healthcare Conference 2023

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Presentation Time: 9:10 - 9:40 AM (Track 2)
Format: Panel Presentation, Webcast
Speaker: William G. Rice, PhD, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Webcast Link: Click here

Recent Clinical Data Highlight with Tuspetinib

Aptose recently provided an update from the ongoing APTIVATE Phase 1/2 clinical trial with lead agent, tuspetinib, a once daily oral agent with a unique kinase targeting pattern being developed for the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) AML. As of August 1, 2023, fifteen (15) patients had been dosed with the tuspetinib/venetoclax (TUS/VEN) doublet, ten (10) had reached an efficacy evaluable stage, and five (5) of the ten evaluable patients had achieved early responses (composite Complete Response rate (CRc) includes any CR, CRh, CRi and CRp). Among the ten (10) evaluable patients, nine (9) had failed prior venetoclax treatment (Prior-VEN), representing an emerging population with severe unmet medical need. Four (4) of the nine (9) Prior-VEN failure patients had already achieved responses with TUS/VEN (44% CRc). Three (3) responses emerged among seven (7) of the evaluable patients with wildtype FLT3 (43% CRc), which accounts for approximately 70% of the AML population, yet there are few treatment options and little in development for the wildtype patient population. Additionally, two (2) of three (3) patients with mutated FLT3 (67%) achieved responses. As a single agent, TUS at its RP2D of 80mg achieved a 42% CR/CRh rate in patients who had not failed prior therapy with venetoclax, and as the TUS/VEN doublet achieved a 44% CRc rate in Prio-VEN failure patients, demonstrating the utility of TUS across AML populations. Importantly, TUS as a single agent and the TUS/VEN combination continue to be safe and well tolerated.

AML Subgroup        CRc Responses to TUS/VEN      
Evaluable (10)                     50% (5 of 10)
Prior-VEN (9)                      44% (4 of 9)
FLT3-WT (7)                        43% (3 of 7)
FLT3-MUT (3)                      67% (2 of 3)

Aptose expects to update these data and release data on additional evaluable patients next month during the European School of Haematology (ESH) meeting in Estoril, Portugal.

About Aptose

Aptose Biosciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to developing precision medicines addressing unmet medical needs in oncology, with an initial focus on hematology. The Company's small molecule cancer therapeutics pipeline includes products designed to provide single agent efficacy and to enhance the efficacy of other anti-cancer therapies and regimens without overlapping toxicities. The Company has two clinical-stage oral kinase inhibitors under development for hematologic malignancies: tuspetinib (HM43239), an oral, myeloid kinase inhibitor being studied as monotherapy and in combination therapy in the APTIVATE international Phase 1/2 expansion trial in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML); and luxeptinib (CG-806), an oral, dual lymphoid and myeloid kinase inhibitor in Phase 1 a/b stage development for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies. For more information, please visit

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For further information, please contact:

Aptose Biosciences Inc.
Susan Pietropaolo
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

LifeSci Advisors, LLC
Dan Ferry, Managing Director


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