Healthcare Industry News: BioCryst Pharmaceuticals
News Release - December 11, 2006
Results of Clinical Trial Program Suggest Fodosine(TM) Demonstrates Clinical Activity in Certain Types of Leukemia and LymphomaData Presented at 2006 ASH Meeting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 11 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCRX ) today reported interim results from three clinical studies evaluating the company's lead anti-cancer compound, Fodosine(TM) which is being developed for the treatment of certain types of leukemias and lymphomas. The data were presented Sunday, December 10, 2006 during the 2006 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Among the presentations was a poster entitled, "Oral Forodesine (BCX-1777) is Clinically Active in Refractory Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma: Results of a Phase I/II Study," by Madeleine Duvic et al. This Phase I/II multi-center trial of oral Fodosine(TM) evaluated 34 patients with refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). The overall response rate for these patients was 50%, including three patients with complete response (8.8%) and 14 patients with partial response (41%). Improvement in SWAT scores was observed in patients while on therapy and erythroderma was improved in the majority of patients treated with Fodosine(TM). The study concluded that in addition to a good safety profile, Fodosine(TM) demonstrated clinical activity as a single oral agent in patients with advanced refractory CTCL. Based on these encouraging results, the company plans to initiate a Phase II study of Fodosine(TM) in CTCL.
"These encouraging results validate the potential importance of Fodosine(TM) as a single agent therapy for the treatment of patients with certain types of leukemias and lymphomas," said Charles E. Bugg, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of BioCryst. "We believe that with its robust clinical activity and positive safety profile, Fodosine(TM) may be an important addition to the range of treatments available to hematologists and oncologists."
Additionally, data were presented from a Phase II study of Fodosine(TM) in the treatment of patients with clinically active relapsed/refractory T-cell leukemia (T-ALL). Richard Furman, M.D., presented the poster, "Forodesine IV (BCX-1777) Is Clinically Active in Relapsed/Refractory T-Cell Leukemia: Results of a Phase II Study." In this multicenter Phase II clinical trial, 50 patients with relapsed/refractory T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) were treated. Of those 50 patients, nine exhibited a complete response (18%). Additionally, restoration of normal hematopoiesis was observed during treatment reaffirming the specificity of Fodosine(TM) for leukemia cell populations and indicating the drug's potential for use as a targeted, less- toxic therapy to treat T-ALL.
"The Phase II study of Fodosine(TM) in the treatment of patients with relapsed/refractory T-ALL concluded that IV Fodosine(TM) is safe, well tolerated and effective as a single agent therapy. Based of these positive data, we plan to initiate a pivotal Phase IIb study in patients with T-ALL," said Dr. Bugg.
Data from a third study were presented by Ellen Ritchie, M.D. The poster, entitled "Phase II Study of Forodesine, a PNP Inhibitor, in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory B-Lineage Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," contained interim information from a multicenter Phase II trial designed to determine the safety, efficacy and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics of repeat doses of IV Fodosine(TM) in patients with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (B-ALL). The data presented indicate that Fodosine(TM) is a safe, well-tolerated drug with preliminary evidence of activity as a single agent in B-ALL.
"We believe Fodosine(TM) has the potential to play a valuable role in the treatment of patients with T-cell and B-cell mediated diseases and we look forward to the continued clinical study of Fodosine(TM)," said Dr. Bugg.
BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a leader in the use of crystallography and structure-based drug design for the development of novel therapeutics to treat cancer, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, and viral infections. The Company is advancing multiple internal programs toward potential commercialization including Fodosine(TM) in oncology, BCX-4208 in transplantation and autoimmune diseases, peramivir in seasonal and life- threatening influenza and BCX-4678 in hepatitis C. BioCryst has a worldwide partnership with Roche for the development and commercialization BCX-4208 and is collaborating with Mundipharma Holdings for the development and commercialization of Fodosine(TM) in markets across Europe, Asia, Australia and certain neighboring countries. For more information about BioCryst, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.biocryst.com.
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