Healthcare Industry News: DAVANAT
News Release - March 30, 2006
Pro-Pharmaceuticals Completes Patient Enrollment in Stage 1 of Phase II Colorectal Cancer Trial Evaluating DAVANAT(R) with 5-FUNEWTON, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--March 30, 2006--Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex: PRW ), a developer of novel carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds, today announced that patient enrollment has been successfully completed in Stage l of its Simon Two-Stage designed Phase II trial for third- and fourth-line treatment of colorectal cancer patients. In this Phase II study, patients with colon cancer, which has spread despite treatment with approved therapies, are receiving DAVANAT® plus 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) in monthly cycles for at least two cycles or until their disease progresses.
The study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DAVANAT® plus 5-FU to shrink tumors or prevent further growth. These patients are refractory to 5-FU and have a minimum of 12 weeks to live. Dosing of patients began in May 2005. The Company expects to report preliminary results in the second quarter of this year as patients continue to receive treatment. Additional information is available at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
DAVANAT® is a proprietary polysaccharide polymer comprised of mannose and galactose carbohydrates in a CARBOSOME(TM) formation that enables the targeted delivery of chemotherapy drugs to protein receptors (lectins) on cancer cells.
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience®
Pro-Pharmaceuticals is a development stage company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds for advanced treatment of cancer, as well as liver, microbial, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, and viral infections. Initially, the product pipeline is principally focused on increasing the efficacy and decreasing the toxicity of approved chemotherapy drugs. The Company has been conducting clinical and pre-clinical studies with its lead product candidate, DAVANAT®, in combination with 5-FU, leucovorin, irinotecan, doxorubicin, oxaliplatin, paclitaxel, cisplatin, and bevacizumab (AVASTIN®). Results show that DAVANAT® exhibits a broad spectrum of activity with tested drugs. Founded in 2000, the Company is headquartered in Newton, Mass. Additional information is available at www.pro-pharmaceuticals.com.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: Any statements in this news release about future expectations, plans and prospects for the Company, including without limitation statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements as defined in the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because of uncertainties and risks facing the Company, many of which are outside of the Company's control, future events could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. More information about those risks and uncertainties is contained and discussed in the "Management Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's most recent quarterly or annual report and in the Company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements herein represent the Company's views as of the date of this news release and should not be relied upon to represent the Company's views as of a subsequent date. While the Company anticipates that subsequent events may cause the Company's views to change, the Company disclaims any obligation to update such forward-looking statements.
Contact: Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Anthony D. Squeglia: 617.559.0033; firstname.lastname@example.org. AVASTIN is a trademark of Genentech, Inc.
DAVANAT and Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience are registered trademarks of Pro-Pharmaceuticals. CARBOSOME is a trademark of Pro-Pharmaceuticals.
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