Oxigene Announces Positive Results of Phase II Study of Combretastatin (CA4P) in Combination with Paclitaxel and Carboplatin in Patients with Advanced Imageable Malignancies
Topline data from the study indicate that the objectives of the study were met. The imaging confirmed blood flow shutdown in a wide variety of advanced imageable malignancies, safety is in line with expectations and tumor responses were seen in multiple patients. "We are pleased with the study results, and the completion of this study again illustrates our focus on timely execution of our programs" said OXiGENE's President and CEO, Richard Chin, MD.
The study was conducted at the Huntsman Cancer Center (HCI), University of Utah by Dr. Wallace Akerley and his co-investigators. It is anticipated that the results will be presented at an upcoming scientific meeting in 2007.
Despite advances in the management of cancer with radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, there is an unmet medical need for treatments with new mechanisms of action, which may act synergistically with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Tumor vasculature has become a relatively recent target in the development of new cancer therapies, with the focus aimed primarily on compounds that prevent the formation and growth of new blood vessels (i.e., anti-angiogenesis therapy). Combretastatin A-4 Phosphate (CA4P) is a novel anti-cancer agent that has displayed potent and selective toxicity towards tumor vasculature in clinical studies to date. Our strategy for optimizing the antitumor activity of CA4P is to combine it with cytotoxic agents. The rationale for combining CA4P with other cytotoxic regimens stems from the hypothesis that agents with different and potentially complimentary mechanisms of action and with a non-overlapping toxicity profile may achieve synergistic antitumor activity when administered concurrently. CA4P has been shown to enhance and the anti-tumor effects of several chemotherapeutic agents and radiation in animal studies.
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OXiGENE is an emerging pharmaceutical company developing novel small-molecule therapeutics to treat cancer and eye diseases. The Company's major focus is the clinical advancement of drug candidates that selectively disrupt abnormal blood vessels associated with solid tumor progression and visual impairment. OXiGENE is dedicated to leveraging its intellectual property position and therapeutic development expertise to bring life saving and enhancing medicines to patients.
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Posted: December 2006