Phase 2 Randomized Study Under Consideration
ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EntreMed, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENMD), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and inflammatory diseases, today announced that it has met the primary endpoint for the efficacy portion of the open label Phase 1/2 study of MKC-1 in combination with pemetrexed (Alimta(R)) in non-small cell lung cancer patients.
The Phase 1/2 study was designed to first evaluate a dose of MKC-1 to be used safely in combination with Alimta(R) to treat patients with advanced NSCLC. Patients were subsequently enrolled into the Phase 2 portion where the primary endpoint was tumor response. The primary endpoint has been met and EntreMed is considering options for further studies in NSCLC patients. Options include the continuation of the current single arm study or a randomized Phase 2 study in the same patient population.
MKC-1 is a novel, orally-active cell cycle inhibitor with in vitro and in vivo efficacy against a broad range of human solid tumor cell lines, including multi-drug resistant cell lines. Data from previous studies with MKC-1 demonstrate broad-acting antitumor effects, showing tumor growth inhibition or regression in multiple preclinical models, including paclitaxel-resistant models.
MKC-1 has been shown to inhibit mitotic spindle formation, prevent
chromosome segregation in the M-phase (mitosis) of the cell cycle, and
induce apoptosis. Furthermore, MKC-1 inhibits the Akt-mTOR signaling
pathways, which may occur through inh
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