Healthcare Industry News: colorectal cancer
News Release - April 4, 2007
Pro-Pharmaceuticals Announces Tampa General Hospital Dosing Patients with DAVANAT(R)/5-FU in Phase II, First Line, Advanced Biliary Cancer Clinical TrialNEWTON, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Amex:PRW ), a developer of first-in-class carbohydrate therapeutic compounds, today announced that Tampa General Hospital began dosing patients in a Phase II, first line, biliary cancer trial. The Phase II trial is an open-label, multi-center trial of DAVANAT® with 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) to treat patients with advanced bile duct and gall bladder cancer.
Phase II, First Line, Biliary Cancer Trial
The Company is actively recruiting patients in a Phase II study of DAVANAT® with 5-FU for first line treatment of advanced biliary cancer. The primary objectives of the trial are a partial or complete tumor response and stable disease. Secondary outcomes include progression-free survival and quality of life. The multi-center, open-label study will evaluate up to 42 patients treated with DAVANAT® and 5-FU for at least two cycles or to disease progression. An end stage, cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct) patient from the Phase I, all solid tumors, cancer trial remained on study for 13 months, far exceeding expectations. Treatment of biliary cancer may represent an opportunity for orphan drug status approval.
Clinical sites participating in this trial include the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Barrett Cancer Center in Cincinnati, Ohio; University of Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany and Sourasky Medical in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The Company expects additional sites to become active soon. Additional information on this trial and the Company's Phase II, first line, colorectal cancer clinical trial, can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov website, key word: DAVANAT®.
DAVANAT®, the Company's lead drug candidate, is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate polymer) composed of mannose and galactose (galactomannan). The Company believes DAVANAT®'s mechanism of action is based upon binding to lectins on the surface of cancer cells. It is theorized that DAVANAT® targets specific lectin receptors (Galectins) that are over-expressed on cancer cells. Current research indicates that Galectins affect cell development and play important roles in cancer, including tumor cell survival, angiogenesis and tumor metastasis. This form of targeted delivery may allow for higher doses of chemotherapy administration with no increase in toxicity.
About Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital (TGH) serves a 12-county region with a population in excess of 4 million people in West Central Florida. TGH serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Since 1971, the College of Medicine has graduated nearly 1,700 physicians and prepared 2,000 doctors in specialty residency programs. Ranked among the nations top 100 research universities, USF and TGH are committed to developing advances in medicine through both clinical practice and research.
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience®
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in the discovery, development, and commercialization of carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds for advanced treatment of cancer, liver, microbial, cardiovascular, and inflammatory diseases. The Company's initial focus is the development of a new generation of anti-cancer treatments using carbohydrate polymers with the intent of enhancing the safety and efficacy of chemotherapy agents. The Company's technology capitalizes on the natural properties of carbohydrates to increase efficacy and reduce toxicity; "rescue" drugs that were shelved for toxicity or "half-life" issues; increase the solubility of existing drugs, and develop carbohydrate polymers as new chemical entities. The need to improve drug therapies, particularly anti-cancer agents, is significant and represents a large market opportunity. DAVANAT®, the Company's lead product candidate, is a polysaccharide (carbohydrate polymer) composed of mannose and galactose (galactomannan). The Company has been conducting clinical and pre-clinical studies with 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. The Company is developing additional carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds that are currently in the pre-clinical stage of development. Founded in 2000, the Company is headquartered in Newton, Mass. Additional information is available at www.pro-pharmaceuticals.com.
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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 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.
DAVANAT and Advancing Drugs Through Glycoscience are registered trademarks of Pro-Pharmaceuticals. CARBOSOME is a trademark of Pro-Pharmaceuticals. AVASTIN is a registered trademark of Genentech, Inc.
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