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Motesanib (AMG-706)

Motesanib (AMG-706)

Amgen Inc.



Motesanib (AMG 706) is an experimental drug candidate originally developed by Amgen[1] but is now being investigated by theTakeda Pharmaceutical Company. It is an orally administered small molecule belonging to angiokinase inhibitor class which acts as an antagonist of VEGF receptors, platelet-derived growth factor receptors, and stem cell factor receptors.[2] It is used as thephosphatesalt motesanib diphosphate.

Motesanib, also known as AMG-706, is an orally administered multikinase inhibitor that selectively targets VEGF receptors, platelet-derived growth factor receptors, and Kit receptors.

Clinical trials

Motesanib was originally investigated for effectiveness against advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), withPhase II trials indicating an effectiveness comparable to bevacizumab when they were both used in combination withpaclitaxel/carboplatin.[3] However a later and more detailed Phase III trial failed to show any benefit for the treatment of NSCLC.[2][4]A second Phase III trial was started in 2012,[5] which focused on patients from Asian backgrounds (performed on the bases ofsubgroup analysis)[6] however this also failed to meet its primary endpoint.[7]

The drug has undergone a Phase II evaluation as first-line therapy for breast cancer[2] however this study found no evidence to support further investigation.[8] Phase II testing against persistent or recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal carcinomas was also unsuccessful.[9]

There have also been 2 separate Phase II clinical trials for thyroid cancer which have both shown promising results.[10][11][12]

Developed at Amgen, the compound is also being evaluated as both monotherapy and in combination with other agents in the treatment of breast, colorectal, lung, thyroid and ovarian cancers. Clinical trials for the treatment of bladder cancer have been terminated.

The National Cancer Institute had been evaluating the potential of the drug in patients with low-grade neuroendocrine tumors; however, no recent development has been reported for this research. The FDA awarded fast track status to motesanib in 2004. In 2008, the compound was licensed to Takeda in Japan.

AMG-706 is synthesized as follows: 1-Acetyl-3,3-dimethyl-6-nitroindoline (I) is reduced by catalytic hydrogenation over Pd/C, giving the aminoindoline (II), which is then coupled with 2-chloronicotinoyl chloride (III) in the presence of DIEA to yield the corresponding nicotinamide (IV). Subsequent condensation of (IV) with neat 4-(aminomethyl)pyridine (V) at 120 °C affords the 2-aminonicotinamide derivative (VI). The N-acetyl group of (VI) is finally removed by acidic hydrolysis to furnish the title compound (1,2).


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Step A—Preparation of 1-acetyl-6-amino-3,3-dimethylindoline

1-Acetyl-3,3-dimethyl-6-nitroindoline (250 mg) was dissolved in MeOH (20 mL), the mixture was bubbled with H2 for 10 min. 10% Pd/C (50 mg) was added and the mixture was stirred under H2 overnight. The mixture was filtered through Celite® and concentrated in vacuo. The crude material was purified by flash chromatography on silica gel with 1:1 EtOAc:CH2Cl2 to afford the title compound as a white crystalline material. MS: 205 (M+1). Calc’d. for C12H16N2O—204.27.

Step B—Preparation of N-(1-acetyl-3,3-dimethylindolin-6-yl){2-[(4-pyridylmethyl)amino](3-pyridyl)}carboxamide

The titled compound was prepared from 1-acetyl-6-amino-3,3-dimethylindoline (Step A) by the method described in Example 82.

Step C—Preparation of N-(3,3-dimethylindolin-6-yl){2-[(4-pyridylmethyl)amino](3-pyridyl)}carboxamide

The titled compound was prepared from N-(1-acetyl-3,3-dimethylindolin-6-yl){2-[(4-pyridylmethyl)amino](3-pyridyl)}carboxamide (Step B) by the deacylation method described in Example 993. MS: 374 (M+1). Calc’d. for C22H23N5O—373.45.


Example 133

N- (3, 3-Dimethy1indolin-6-yl) {2- [ (4-pyridylmethyl) amino] (3- pyridyl) }carboxamide Step A – Preparation of l-acetyl-6-amino-3 , 3- dimethylindoline l-Acetyl-3 , 3-dimethyl-6-nitroindoline (250 mg) was dissolved in MeOH (20 mL) , the mixture was bubbled with H2 for 10 min. 10% Pd/C (50 mg) was added and the mixture was stirred under H2 overnight. The mixture was filtered through Celite® and concentrated in vacuo. The crude material was purified by flash chromatography on silica gel with 1:1 EtOAc :CH2C12 to afford the title compound as a white crystalline material. MS: 205 (M+1). Calc’d. for C12H16N2O-204.27.

Step B – Preparation of N-(l-acetyl- 3 , 3-dimethylindolin-6- yl) (2-[ (4-pyridylmethyl) amino] (3-pyridyl) } carboxamide The titled compound was prepared from l-acetyl-6- amino-3 , 3-dimethylindoline (Step A) by the method described in Example 82.

Step C – Preparation of N- (3 , 3-dimethylindolin-6-yl) {2- [ (4- pyridylmethyl) amino] (3-pyridyl) }carboxamide

The titled compound was prepared from N-(l-acetyl- 3 , 3-dimethylindolin-6-yl) {2- [ (4-pyridylmethyl) amino] (3- pyridyl) } carboxamide (Step B) by the deacylation method described in Example 993. MS: 374 (M+1). Calc’d. for C22H23N50-373.45.


  1. Stafford, edited by Rongshi Li, Jeffrey A. (2009). “Chapter 5. Discovery of Motesanib”. Kinase inhibitor drugs. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. pp. 113–130. ISBN 978-0-470-27829-1.
  2. “Amgen and Takeda’s NSCLC Drug Fails in Phase III Study”. 30 Mar 2011.
  3. Blumenschein Jr, G. R.; Kabbinavar, F.; Menon, H.; Mok, T. S. K.; Stephenson, J.; Beck, J. T.; Lakshmaiah, K.; Reckamp, K.; Hei, Y.- J.; Kracht, K.; Sun, Y.- N.; Sikorski, R.; Schwartzberg, L. (14 February 2011). “A phase II, multicenter, open-label randomized study of motesanib or bevacizumab in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin for advanced nonsquamous non-small-cell lung cancer”. Annals of Oncology 22 (9): 2057–2067. doi:10.1093/annonc/mdq731.
  4. Jump up^ Scagliotti, G. V.; Vynnychenko, I.; Park, K.; Ichinose, Y.; Kubota, K.; Blackhall, F.; Pirker, R.; Galiulin, R.; Ciuleanu, T.-E.; Sydorenko, O.; Dediu, M.; Papai-Szekely, Z.; Banaclocha, N. M.; McCoy, S.; Yao, B.; Hei, Y.-j.; Galimi, F.; Spigel, D. R. (2 July 2012). “International, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Phase III Study of Motesanib Plus Carboplatin/Paclitaxel in Patients With Advanced Nonsquamous Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: MONET1”. Journal of Clinical Oncology 30 (23): 2829–2836. doi:10.1200/JCO.2011.41.4987. PMID 22753922.
  5. “Takeda Initiates Phase 3 Trial of Motesanib in Japan and Additional Asian Countries”. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. Kubota, K.; Ichinose, Y.; Scagliotti, G.; Spigel, D.; Kim, J. H.; Shinkai, T.; Takeda, K.; Kim, S.- W.; Hsia, T.- C.; Li, R. K.; Tiangco, B. J.; Yau, S.; Lim, W.- T.; Yao, B.; Hei, Y.- J.; Park, K. (13 January 2014). “Phase III study (MONET1) of motesanib plus carboplatin/paclitaxel in patients with advanced nonsquamous nonsmall-cell lung cancer (NSCLC): Asian subgroup analysis”.Annals of Oncology 25 (2): 529–536. doi:10.1093/annonc/mdt552.
  7. Jump up^ “Takeda Announces Phase 3 MONET-A Study Evaluating Motesanib (AMG 706) in Patients with Advanced Non-Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Does Not Meet Primary Endpoint”. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  8.  Martin, Miguel; Roche, Henri; Pinter, Tamas; Crown, John; Kennedy, M John; Provencher, Louise; Priou, Frank; Eiermann, Wolfgang; Adrover, Encarna; Lang, Istvan; Ramos, Manuel; Latreille, Jean; Jagiełło-Gruszfeld, Agnieszka; Pienkowski, Tadeusz; Alba, Emilio; Snyder, Raymond; Almel, Sachin; Rolski, Janusz; Munoz, Montserrat; Moroose, Rebecca; Hurvitz, Sara; Baños, Ana; Adewoye, Henry; Hei, Yong-Jiang; Lindsay, Mary-Ann; Rupin, Matthieu; Cabaribere, David; Lemmerick, Yasmin; Mackey, John R (April 2011). “Motesanib, or open-label bevacizumab, in combination with paclitaxel, as first-line treatment for HER2-negative locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer: a phase 2, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study”. The Lancet Oncology 12 (4): 369–376. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(11)70037-7. PMID 21429799.
  9. Schilder, R.J.; Sill, M.W.; Lankes, H.A.; Gold, M.A.; Mannel, R.S.; Modesitt, S.C.; Hanjani, P.; Bonebrake, A.J.; Sood, A.K.; Godwin, A.K.; Hu, W.; Alpaugh, R.K. (April 2013). “A phase II evaluation of motesanib (AMG 706) in the treatment of persistent or recurrent ovarian, fallopian tube and primary peritoneal carcinomas: A Gynecologic Oncology Group study”. Gynecologic Oncology 129 (1): 86–91. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2013.01.006. PMID 23321064.
  10. Motesanib Diphosphate Provides Anticancer Activity Among Patients with Progressive Thyroid Cancer,
  11. Jump up^ Schlumberger, M. J.; Elisei, R.; Bastholt, L.; Wirth, L. J.; Martins, R. G.; Locati, L. D.; Jarzab, B.; Pacini, F.; Daumerie, C.; Droz, J.-P.; Eschenberg, M. J.; Sun, Y.-N.; Juan, T.; Stepan, D. E.; Sherman, S. I. (29 June 2009). “Phase II Study of Safety and Efficacy of Motesanib in Patients With Progressive or Symptomatic, Advanced or Metastatic Medullary Thyroid Cancer”.Journal of Clinical Oncology 27 (23): 3794–3801. doi:10.1200/JCO.2008.18.7815. PMID 19564535.
  12. Sherman, Steven I.; Wirth, Lori J.; Droz, Jean-Pierre; Hofmann, Michael; Bastholt, Lars; Martins, Renato G.; Licitra, Lisa; Eschenberg, Michael J.; Sun, Yu-Nien; Juan, Todd; Stepan, Daniel E.; Schlumberger, Martin J. (3 July 2008). “Motesanib Diphosphate in Progressive Differentiated Thyroid Cancer”. New England Journal of Medicine 359 (1): 31–42.doi:10.1056/NEJMoa075853. PMID 18596272.

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Motesanib Diphosphate (AMG-706)

857876-30-3 diphosphate
453562-69-1 (free base)

N-(2,3-Dihydro-3,3-dimethyl-1H-indol-6-yl)-2-[(4-pyridinylmethyl)amino]-3-pyridinecarboxamide diphosphate

3-​Pyridinecarboxamide, N-​(2,​3-​dihydro-​3,​3-​dimethyl-​1H-​indol-​6-​yl)​-​2-​[(4-​pyridinylmethyl)​amino]​-​, phosphate (1:2)

N-(3,3-Dimethyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-indol-6-yl)-2-(pyridin-4-ylmethylamino)pyridine-3-carboxamide diphosphate

Formula C22H23N5O.2H3PO4

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Takeda Pharmaceutical CEO Yasuchika Hasegawa

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. President Christophe Weber is interviewed recently in Tokyo.

Christophe Weber (L), the new president of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., and CEO Yasuchika Hasegawa pose



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Takeda Submits Marketing Authorisation Application for Vedolizumab in Moderately to Severely Active Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease in the European Union

March 7, 2013

Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) today announced that a Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) has been submitted to The European Medicines Agency (EMA) for vedolizumab, an investigational, gut-selective humanized monoclonal antibody for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease (CD), the two most common types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). If approved, vedolizumab would be the first and only gut-selective biologic agent for UC and CD on the market.

“Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are chronic debilitating diseases with important unmet medical needs, often affecting young people in the prime of their lives,” said Asit Parikh, M.D., Ph.D., vice president, general medicine, Takeda. “We are encouraged by the findings of GEMINI, the vedolizumab Phase 3 clinical development program, which studied approximately 3,000 patients in nearly 40 countries, making it the largest IBD clinical trial program conducted to date.”

Nearly four million people worldwide are affected by IBD, with UC affecting more than 500,000 people and CD affecting approximately 230,000 people in the EU. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. Inflammation caused by CD can involve varying areas of the digestive tract, while UC impacts the colon only. CD and UC can be both painful and debilitating, which may sometimes lead to serious complications and can significantly impact the quality of life for patients.

The MAA submission was supported by Phase 3 clinical studies, GEMINI I, GEMINI II, GEMINI III and GEMINI LTS (Long-term Safety), which are part of the GEMINI Studies™, a four-study clinical research program to investigate the efficacy and safety of vedolizumab on clinical response and remission in moderately to severely active CD and UC patients, who had failed at least one conventional or anti-TNFα therapy.

“With a targeted mechanism of action, vedolizumab has clinical promise as a potential treatment option for people with moderate to severely active CD and UC,” said Paul Rutgeerts, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P., professor of medicine, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. “While there is no known cure, there is a need for new CD and UC treatment options, in an effort to provide patients with additional choices for managing their disease, reducing symptoms and achieving remission.”

About Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are the two most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is marked by inflammation in the lining of the GI tract. CD can impact any part of the digestive tract, and common symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, and/or fever. UC impacts the large intestine only, which includes the colon and the rectum. The most common symptoms of UC include abdominal discomfort and blood or pus in diarrhea. There is no known cause for CD or UC, although many researchers believe that the interaction of an outside agent, such as a virus or bacteria, with the body’s immune system may trigger them. No cure exists for CD or UC; the aim of IBD treatments is to induce and maintain remission, or achieve extended periods of time when patients do not experience symptoms.

About vedolizumab
Vedolizumab was developed for the treatment of CD and UC, as a gut-selective, humanized monoclonal antibody that specifically antagonizes the alpha4beta7 (α4β7) integrin, which is expressed on a subset of circulating white blood cells. These cells have been shown to play a role in mediating the inflammatory process in CD and UC. α4β7 binds with a specific adhesion molecule primarily expressed in the intestinal tract. Therefore, vedolizumab, by preventing this interaction, has a gut selective effect.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited
Located in Osaka, Japan, Takeda is a research-based global company with its main focus on pharmaceuticals. As the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan and one of the global leaders of the industry, Takeda is committed to strive towards better health for patients worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Additional information about Takeda is available through its corporate website,

Vedolizumab is a monoclonal antibody being developed by Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.It binds to integrin α4β7(LPAM-1, lymphocyte Peyer’s patch adhesion molecule 1).[1][2]

The molecule was first identified by Dr. Andrew Lazarovits [1][2] as the murine MLN0002 homologue. His discovery of the mouse equivalent of this antibody—originally applied to anti-rejection strategies in kidney transplantation—was published in the journal Nature in 1996. The drug was then licensed to Millennium Pharmaceuticals of Boston for further development.

As of October 2009, vedolizumab is undergoing Phase III trials.[3] Clinical trials indicate that Vedolizumab was found safe and highly effective for inducing and maintaining clinical remission in patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis [3]. Dr. Brian Faegan, head researcher, reported an absence of any instances of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which is a particularly important finding [4]. It looks like it will be an effective abiologic agent without some of the toxicity issues previously seen with anti-TNF drugs .

It is widely believed now that “vedolizumab can be used either as a first-line treatment or in case of anti-TNF failure” 

  1.  Statement On A Nonproprietary Name Adopted By The USAN Council – VedolizumabAmerican Medical Association.
  2.  Soler, D; Chapman, T; Yang, LL; Wyant, T; Egan, R; Fedyk, ER (2009). “The binding specificity and selective antagonism of vedolizumab, an anti-alpha4beta7 integrin therapeutic antibody in development for inflammatory bowel diseases”. The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 330 (3): 864–75. doi:10.1124/jpet.109.153973PMID 19509315.
  3. NCT00790933 Study of Vedolizumab (MLN0002) in Patients With Moderate to Severe Crohn’s Disease (GEMINI II)

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