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Samtheo Announces License Agreement with Moffitt Cancer Center for Exclusive Rights to Novel Akt Inhibitor
Date:3/16/2009

Cancer Targeted Therapeutic for Samtheo's Personalized Medicine Portfolio

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Samtheo Biopharma LLC has entered into a license agreement, through its subsidiary, Lyndor Biosciences LLC, with Moffitt Cancer Center, gaining exclusive worldwide rights to a small molecule that selectively inhibits the activation of all three isoforms of Akt. Persistent activation of the Akt pathway has been found to play an important role in oncogenesis and chemo- and radiation-resistance and to be responsible for cancer cell proliferation, survival and invasiveness

Co-inventors are Jin Q. Cheng, M.D., Ph.D. and Said M. Sebti, Ph.D. from Moffitt. "This small molecule is a highly selective and potent inhibitor of Akt activation, leading to tumor growth arrest and induction of cancer cell death, and results in overcoming chemoresistance," said Dr. Cheng, Professor, Molecular Oncology Department at Moffitt. "Patients whose tumors contain persistently activated Akt are predicted to be more likely to respond to this inhibitor either as a single agent or in combination therapy," said Dr Sebti, Professor and Chair, Drug Discovery Department at Moffitt. "Akt is abnormally hyperactivated in many advanced malignancies and late stage tumors, such as breast, prostate, lung, pancreatic, liver, ovarian and colorectal cancers. Increased activation is also linked with drug and radiation resistance," said Dr. Cheng.

Through this license, Lyndor plans to develop and commercialize the new anti-cancer agent, which it refers to as LD-101, for refractory and resistant tumors as well as metastatic malignancies, addressing a huge unmet medical need. "Given time, most cancers will relapse, become resistant and, ultimately, refractory. In fact, most become metastatic before detection," said Susan Rosenbaum, Esq., Chairman and CEO of Samtheo. "Lyndor's agreement with Moffitt will enable Lyndor to develop this targeted the
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