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LLS's Lead Therapy Acceleration Program in MDS Gets Boost from Major Industry Licensing Agreement
Date:9/20/2012

160;has committed substantial, multi-year funding to support this collaboration with Onconova as part of TAP.  LLS continues to partner directly with other biotechnology companies through TAP to accelerate the advancement of potential breakthrough therapies towards FDA approval.

LLS proudly recognizes the significant support provided by Edward P. Evans Foundation and Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation for this project.

About MDS
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diseases of the blood and marrow, with varying degrees of severity and life expectancy. In the general population, MDS occurs in 5 per 100,000 people. However, among individuals older than age 70, the incidence increases to between 22 and 45 per 100,000, increasing even further with age.  Most often, people diagnosed with MDS first seek medical attention because they are experiencing fatigue and shortness of breath. MDS may be a primary (de novo) diagnosis or secondary to cancer treatment with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. MDS has been known as "smoldering leukemia," or "pre-leukemia," implying that MDS is only serious and problematic if it evolves into AML; this is not the case.

While there has been recent progress toward improving management of MDS, therapeutic options are limited for patients who have drug-resistant or refractory disease. The only potential cure is stem cell transplantation from a donor. However, patients who have MDS may not be candidates for this option due to their advanced age and underlying bone marrow deficit. Novel therapeutic strategies are needed and to date, rigosertib has shown clinical promise in multiple trials.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patien
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