Genasense Data in Patients with Advanced Melanoma to be Featured at 4th International Melanoma Congress
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., October 24, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genta Incorporated announced that clinical data from the Company's programs for Genasense(R) (oblimersen) in patients with advanced melanoma will be featured at the 4th International Melanoma Congress. The conference will take place at the New York Marriott Financial Center Hotel, New York, NY from November 1-4, 2007. A poster session featuring the Genasense data will take place on Thursday November 1 from 8-10 am EDT.
Titles and authors include the following:
Progression-free survival (PFS) with an oblimersen-dacarbazine regimen in advanced melanoma: PFS difference is not explained by assessment asymmetry. Presenter: E. Gilles.
Overview of the AGENDA Study: A randomized, double-blind study of Genasense plus dacarbazine in chemotherapy-naive patients with advanced melanoma and low LDH. Presenter: A. Bedikian.
A Phase I study of the triple combination of oblimersen, temozolomide, and Abraxane in patients with advanced melanoma and normal LDH. Presenter: A. Pavlick.
Pharmacokinetics of oblimersen in combination with dacarbazine in metastatic melanoma: randomized intra-subject evaluation. Presenter: D. Kerob.
Genasense inhibits production of Bcl-2, a protein made by cancer cells that is thought to block chemotherapy-induced apoptosis (programmed cell death). By reducing the amount of Bcl-2 in cancer cells, Genasense may enhance the effectiveness of current anticancer treatment. Genta is pursuing a broad clinical development program with Genasense evaluating its potential to treat various forms of cancer.
Genta Incorporated is a biopharmaceutical company with a diversified product portfolio that is focused on delivering innovative products for the treatment of patients with cancer. The Company's research platform is anchored by two major programs: DNA/RNA-based Medicines and Small Molecules. Genasense(R) (oblimersen sodium) Injection is the Company's lead compound from its DNA/RNA Medicines program. Genta is currently recruiting patients for a global Phase 3 trial of Genasense in patients with advanced melanoma. The leading drug in Genta's Small Molecule program is Ganite(R) (gallium nitrate injection), which the Company is exclusively marketing in the U.S. for treatment of symptomatic patients with cancer related hypercalcemia that is resistant to hydration. The Company has developed an oral formulation of the active ingredient in Ganite that is currently undergoing initial clinical trials as a potential treatment for diseases associated with accelerated bone loss. Genta is partnered with IDIS (www.idispharma.com) on a program whereby both Ganite(R) and Genasense(R) are available on a "named-patient" basis in countries outside the United States.
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Posted: October 2007