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Epizyme and Celgene Advance EPZ-5676 DOT1L Inhibitor Clinical Program to Benefit Cancer Patients with Acute Leukemias, Achieving $25 Million Clinical Proof of Concept Milestone
Date:1/6/2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epizyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: EPZM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company creating innovative personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers, today announced the achievement of the proof of concept (POC) milestone in the EPZ-5676 DOT1L inhibitor clinical program, earning a $25 million payment under the company's collaboration with Celgene Corporation. The milestone was triggered by objective responses in patients with translocations of the MLL gene (MLL-r). These patients are currently enrolled in the fourth dose cohort in the dose escalation stage of the ongoing Phase 1 clinical study and are receiving uninterrupted treatment with EPZ-5676. 

Epizyme also announced today that a development candidate milestone has been achieved for one of the three histone methyltransferase (HMT) targets included in the company's collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), earning a $4 million payment.

"2013 was a year of important accomplishments for Epizyme," said Robert Gould, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Epizyme. "We have achieved the proof of concept milestone for EPZ-5676, our first-in-class DOT1L inhibitor, in our Celgene collaboration, initiated an ongoing Phase 1 study of EPZ-6438, our first-in-class EZH2 inhibitor, in our Eisai collaboration, achieved a Development Candidate milestone in our GSK collaboration, and continue to advance our pipeline of personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers."

"We are very pleased with EPZ-5676's emerging clinical profile and progress as a potential personalized therapeutic for patients with genetically defined acute leukemias," said Dr. Gould. "We look forward to presenting the data from our ongoing Phase 1 study of EPZ-5676, including the dose escalation stage that has compl
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