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Phase I/II-data on Systemic Application of the TGF-beta2-inhibitor AP 12009 to be Presented

REGENSBURG, Germany, May 10th, 2007 - Antisense Pharma today announced, that the abstract entitled “Preliminary Results of a Phase I/II-Study in Pancreatic Carcinoma, Malignant Melanoma, and Colorectal Carcinoma with the TGF-beta2 Inhibitor AP 12009” has been selected for poster presentation at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A, from June 1st - 5th.

In the Phase I/II-trial the antisense drug AP 12009 is administered intravenously in patients with either pancreatic carcinoma (stage IVA/IVB), metastatic melanoma (stage III/IV), or advanced colorectal carcinoma (stage III/IV) as a 7-day continuous infusion every other week. “The first milestone of the study has been achieved, as the maximum tolerated dose was determined with this treatment schedule”, explains Hubert Heinrichs, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer at Antisense Pharma. Patient recruitment is still ongoing in study sites in Germany as further dose escalations with a modified dosing schedule are now performed. The design of the study, first efficacy and safety data will be presented at the poster presentation (Poster Board No. AA5, Abstract ID 4607) on June 4th 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the session “Gastrointestinal (Noncolorectal) Cancer”. Prof. Thomas Seufferlein, Vice Head of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Ulm and Principal Investigator of the Phase I/II-Study will be available for questions from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the poster in Hall A2 on Level 3 of McCormick Place South Building.

About Antisense Pharma

Antisense Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company located in Regensburg, Germany. The company focuses on targeted therapies for malignant tumors and is dedicated to discovering and developing drugs based on antisense technology for worldwide commercialization.

The agents specifically block the synthesis of key cancer proteins. The lead product AP 12009 is targeting Transforming Growth Factor-beta2 (TGF-beta2), a crucial factor that promotes tumor progression via multiple pathomechanisms. AP 12009 is in advanced clinical development for the treatment of high-grade glioma as well as in Phase I/II clinical trial for various other solid tumors. The further product pipeline covers preclinical drug candidates as well as compounds in research and discovery. Antisense Pharma has been honored with the Bavarian Innovation Award and the German Founders Award.

This document contains forward-looking statements with respect to the future business of Antisense Pharma GmbH. By their nature, forward-looking statements and forecasts involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that could occur in the future. There is a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially. Antisense Pharma GmbH disclaims any intent of obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

For further information please contact:

ANTISENSE PHARMA GmbH

Dr. Heike Specht / Public Relations
Josef-Engert-Str. 9, D-93053 Regensburg
Phone: +49-941-92013-0
Fax: +49-941-92013-29
e-mail: pr@antisense-pharma.com
www.antisense-pharma.com

 

Posted: May 2007

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