FORT COLLINS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VetDC, Inc., a veterinary cancer therapeutics company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has granted a conditional approval of Tanovea™-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection) for the treatment of lymphoma in dogs. Tanovea-CA1 is anticipated to be available to veterinarians in the spring of 2017.
“This is a significant milestone for VetDC, and we are excited to announce the first ever FDA-approved drug for canine lymphoma,” stated Steven Roy, VetDC’s President and CEO. “We look forward to introducing Tanovea-CA1 to the veterinary cancer community in the months to come.”
“The conditional approval of Tanovea-CA1 represents a first on multiple levels for veterinary oncology, and we eagerly anticipate adding this very active and promising new drug to our lymphoma fighting arsenal,” noted Dr. Philip J. Bergman, a board-certified veterinary oncologist at VCA-Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center in Bedford Hills, NY.
Tanovea-CA1 (rabacfosadine for injection) is a novel small molecule drug designed to preferentially target and attack rapidly dividing cancer cells implicated in lymphoma. Tanovea-CA1 has demonstrated anti-tumor activity in both naïve and relapsed canine lymphoma cases, with a generally well-tolerated safety profile. Tanovea-CA1 is administered intravenously every three weeks for up to five doses.
About Canine Lymphoma
Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer in dogs. Lymphoma originates from white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are a normal part of the immune system and protect the body from infection, but in lymphoma, they grow abnormally. Although lymphoma can affect virtually any organ in the body, it most commonly starts in organs that function as part of the immune system, such as the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow. The signs of lymphoma in dogs vary depending on which organs are affected. The cause of canine lymphoma is unknown.
About VetDC, Inc.
VetDC (www.vetdc.com), a Colorado State University startup, is changing the way new cancer medicines are developed for companion animals, leveraging novel advancements from human biotechnology that have demonstrated success in animal studies. In addition to Tanovea-CA1 for canine lymphoma, VetDC is developing VDC-597, a novel, dual-acting PI3K/mTOR inhibitor for multiple veterinary cancers.