Our Pipeline

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology (SDP Oncology) is committed to advancing translational research on novel pathways in order to develop meaningful medicines for patients with cancer.

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  • *DSP-7888 is also known as ombipepimut-S and adegramotide/nelatimotide.
  • Active, not recruiting.
  • Alvocidib was formerly known as flavopiridol.


  • Additional, ongoing clinical trials conducted in Japan by Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., are not listed on this website. For information about these trials, please visit https://www.ds-pharma.com/rd/clinical/pipeline.html
  • All development candidates are investigational agents, and their safety and efficacy have not been established. There is no guarantee that any of these agents will receive health authority approval or become commercially available in any country for the uses being investigated
  • For additional information on clinical studies, including studies that are actively recruiting, please see www.clinicaltrials.gov or contact us
  • To learn more about SDP Oncology’s Expanded Access and Compassionate Use Policy, please visit our guidelines


ACM=alvocidib, cytarabine, and mitoxantrone; ACVR1=activin A receptor type 1; AML=acute myeloid leukemia; AXL=member of the Tyro3-Axl-Mer (TAM) subfamily; BCL-2=B-cell lymphoma 2; BMP=bone morphogenic protein; CDK=cyclin-dependent kinase; CTLA4=cytotoxic T-lymphocyte–associated protein 4; CTL=cytotoxic T lymphocyte; DIPG=diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma; MCL-1=myeloid cell leukemia 1; MDS=myelodysplastic syndromes; NK cells=natural killer cells; PD1=programmed cell death protein 1; PIM=proviral integration site for Moloney murine leukemia virus; PK=pyruvate kinase; PKM2=pyruvate kinase M2 isoform; RTK=receptor tyrosine kinase; TLR=Toll-like receptor; TGF-β =transforming growth factor–beta; TNK=tyrosine kinase non-receptor; WT1=Wilms’ tumor 1.


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