Our Pipeline

As we evolve with our science, our multifaceted approach builds a robust pipeline of patient direct therapies.

At Ikena®, we are advancing a portfolio of targeted therapies intended to enable a personalized approach for every patient with cancer.

Our Pipeline


IND Enabling

Phase 1



Hippo-altered cancers including EHE, MPM, other NF2 altered tumors, and additional YAP/TAZ fusion tumors

Phase 1

IK-930+Osimertinib for EGFRm resistant NSCLC
Additional combos combating therapeutic resistance to other targeted agents

IND Enabling


RAS and RAF altered cancers
IND Enabling

Preclinical synergies with multiple agents

IND Enabling

Targeted Oncology Programs in the Hippo and RAS Signaling Pathways

Our targeted oncology efforts include programs that target the Hippo and RAS pathways, emphasizing our philosophy of designing treatments for tailored patient populations that are identified through the genetic makeup of their tumors.

The Hippo Signaling Pathway

As a key driver of cancer pathogenesis, the Hippo pathway regulates cell fate, proliferation, and survival. The pathway is genetically altered in approximately 10% of all human cancers. In certain tumors, the genetic alterations in the Hippo pathway can be as frequent as 40%, for example as in malignant Mesothelioma, and in epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE), a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma, where 100% of patients have key Hippo pathway fusion genes.

The Hippo pathway is also implicated in therapeutic resistance, potentially providing compensatory growth and survival signals in tumors when patients are treated with other therapies. Resistance to multiple targeted therapies and tumor recurrence can be linked to YAP/TEAD activation. Overcoming resistance mechanisms can deepen and prolong responses.

Hippo Signaling Pathway Alterations and Activity Trigger Tumor Growth

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IK-930: TEAD Inhibitor

IK-930 binds to TEAD transcription factors near the end of the Hippo pathway and prevents the expression of multiple target genes that drive cancer progression, metastases, and therapeutic resistance. We are exploring the potential of IK-930 both as a monotherapy in patients with Hippo pathway-mutated cancers and in combination with other targeted therapies.

The RAS Signaling Pathway

The RAS pathway is a well-known cancer-driving pathway that is mutated in approximately 30% of all human cancers. For decades, the RAS pathway was considered undruggable. Despite advancements in recent years targeting RAS-mutated cancers, approximately 85% of RAS mutations are not addressed by current product candidates or approved therapies. We believe that the key to addressing the unmet need for patients with these mutations is to target the pathway on multiple levels and understand the resistance mechanism to achieve deep and sustained responses.

Exploring Addressable Targets in the RAS Signaling Pathway

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IK-595: MEK-CRAF Inhibitor

Ikena’s development candidate, IK-595, traps MEK and RAF in an inactive complex, more completely inhibiting RAS signals than existing inhibitors. IK-595’s ability to complex CRAF, in particular, prevents a well-recognized signaling bypass mechanism that cancer cells employ to drive therapeutic resistance to other drugs in this class. In addition, trapping CRAF in an inactive complex prevents the kinase independent anti-apoptotic function in RAS and RAF mutant cancers, a mechanism that cannot be addressed with first generation MEK inhibitors or pan-RAF inhibitors. IK-595 is being developed as an oral therapy, with a half-life enabling a pharmacokinetic profile potentially superior to other drugs, with the goal of developing an optimal therapeutic window for patients.

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