Myriad also reported data from two completed Phase 1 clinical trials of Azixa in a total of 66 patients, one in patients with refractory solid tumors that may also have had brain metastases and the other in patients with known brain metastases. The trials were designed to explore the safety and pharmacokinetics of Azixa and to find the maximum tolerated dose of the compound. Myriad reported that in the Phase 1 studies, Azixa appeared to have a biological effect on patients' metastases from many different primary tumors, including non-small-cell lung cancer, which is consistent with the mechanism of the drug candidate.
Azixa is one of two compounds in clinical trials discovered through EpiCept's Anti-cancer Screening Apoptosis Program (ASAP). EPC2407, a novel small molecule vascular disruption agent and apoptosis inducer for the treatment of cancer patients with advanced, solid tumors and lymphomas, is currently in Phase I clinical development by EpiCept. In July 2007, EpiCept announced the acceleration of the Phase I clinical trial, with results expected later this year. EpiCept expects to initiate a second Phase I efficacy trial for EPC2407 as a combination therapy in patients with well vascularized solid tumors and intends to choose multiple tumor targets for the compound's Phase II trials as the clinical profile from the ongoing monotherapy trial emerges.
About EpiCept's ASAP Technology
Cancer cells often exhibit unchecked growth caused by the disabling or
absence of the natural process of programmed cell death, which is called
apoptosis. Apoptosis is normally triggered to destroy a cell from within
when it outlives its purpose or it is seriously damaged. One of the most
promising approaches in the fight against cancer is to selectively induce
apoptosis in cancer cells, thereby checking, and perhaps reversing, the
|SOURCE EpiCept Corporation|
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