CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Epizyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPZM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company creating innovative personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers, today provided a corporate update and reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.
"2013 has been an important year for Epizyme as we translate the science of epigenetics into personalized therapeutics," said Robert Gould, Ph.D., chief executive officer. "We currently have two ongoing clinical programs, which to our knowledge are the only histone methyltransferase (HMT) inhibitor programs to have entered human clinical development. EPZ-5676, an inhibitor of the HMT DOT1L, is being developed as a treatment for patients with acute leukemias with rearrangements of the MLL gene (MLL-r). The dose escalation stage of the Phase 1 study of EPZ-5676 is proceeding and no dose-limiting toxicities have been observed to date. We have been highly encouraged by the tolerability thus far and believe this represents a significant step forward for this first-in-class epigenetic program and for the entire field. We anticipate completion of this stage by the end of the year. In the fourth quarter of 2013, we will share top-line dose escalation data and, based on data from the dose escalation stage, plan to initiate an expansion cohort stage that will be limited to patients with MLL-r. This expansion cohort is expected to provide an initial assessment of therapeutic effect in this population in 2014."
Dr. Gould continued, "In addition, for EPZ-6438, an inhibitor of the HMT EZH2 being developed as a treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients with oncogenic point mutations in EZH2, Epizyme, with our partner Eisai, initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial in June 2013. T
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