Healthcare Industry News: Mesothelioma
News Release - January 31, 2007
Alfacell Appoints David Sidransky M.D. as Vice Chairman and Lead Independent DirectorBLOOMFIELD, N.J., Jan. 31 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Alfacell Corporation (Nasdaq: ACEL ), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel ribonuclease therapeutics for cancer, today announced the appointment of David Sidranksy M.D. as vice chairman and lead independent director. Dr. Sidransky, 46, has been a member of Alfacell's board of directors since 2004.
"We're delighted that the board has appointed David to this position," said Kuslima Shogen, chairman and chief executive officer of Alfacell. "This reflects his significant contribution to the company over the past two years and his increased commitment going forward during what is a transformational year."
About Alfacell Corporation
Alfacell Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company using proprietary ribonuclease (RNase) technology in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
ONCONASE is a first-in-class therapeutic from Alfacell's proprietary ribonuclease (RNase) technology platform. ONCONASE has been shown in vitro and in vivo to target tumor cells while sparing normal cells. ONCONASE is internalized by endocytosis and released into the cytosol of the cancerous cell, where it selectively degrades tRNA beyond repair. In doing so, ONCONASE inhibits protein synthesis, stops cell cycle proliferation, and induces apoptosis (programmed cell death).
In addition to the ongoing confirmatory Phase IIIb registration study in malignant Mesothelioma, the company is also conducting an ONCONASE Phase I / II trial in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) and solid tumors.
For more information, please visit www.alfacell.com.
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