Pro-Pharmaceuticals Files Phase II Clinical Trial Protocol for First Line Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Patients; Regimen Includes DAVANAT(R) with Avastin(R), 5-FU & Leucovorin
"This trial is a strategic complement to our other clinical trials to assess the efficacy and safety of DAVANAT(R) when administered in combination therapies to treat cancer," said David Platt, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "The purpose of this study is to determine if the addition of DAVANAT(R) to the current standard of care will improve patient outcomes."
“This trial is a strategic complement to our other clinical trials to assess the efficacy and safety of DAVANAT(R) when administered in combination therapies to treat cancer”
"In pre-clinical studies, we saw significantly improved anti-tumor activity when co-administering DAVANAT(R) with Avastin(R) and 5-FU as compared with Avastin(R) and 5-FU. Our Phase I results and preliminary Phase II results show that DAVANAT(R) is safe and well tolerated in patients. The goal of this study is to assess the clinical benefit by determining the percentage of patients exhibiting an objective response using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) guidelines.
"We continue to be encouraged by our DAVANAT(R) clinical program progress. We are finalizing the administrative processes, with multiple clinical sites, for our Phase II, line one Cholangiocarcinoma trial as well as our Phase III, line two colorectal cancer trial. In addition, we continue to dose patients and analyze data from our Phase II, line four colorectal cancer trial," Dr. Platt concluded.
Phase II Cholangiocarcinoma Trial
The Company initiated a U.S.-based Phase II study of its lead carbohydrate compound DAVANAT(R) with 5-FU for first line treatment of patients with Cholangiocarcinoma (cancer associated with the bile duct). The objectives of the trial are a complete or partial tumor response (RECIST) and progression-free survival. The multi-center, open-label study will evaluate approximately 30 patients treated with DAVANAT(R) and 5-FU for at least two cycles or to disease progression. Cholangiocarcinoma may represent an opportunity for orphan drug status approval.
Phase III Colorectal Cancer Trial
The Company initiated a Europe-based Phase III clinical trial for second line treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. This study is a multi-center, double blind, randomized trial of 120 patients to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DAVANAT(R) with 5-FU and leucovorin in combination with irinotecan or oxaliplatin.
DAVANAT(R), the Company's lead product candidate, is a proprietary nanotechnology 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(R)
Pro-Pharmaceuticals is a development stage company engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of nanotechnology carbohydrate-based therapeutic compounds for advanced treatment of cancer, liver, microbial, cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases. 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 nanotechnology product candidate, DAVANAT(R), in combination with 5-FU, leucovorin, irinotecan, doxorubicin, oxaliplatin, paclitaxel, cisplatin, and bevacizumab (AVASTIN(R)). Results show that DAVANAT(R) 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.
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