"Sym004 further strengthens our early development pipeline by adding a product that is thought to act via a proposed synergistic mechanism of action not previously studied, but more specifically, it has the potential to become a key asset complementing our already highly successful Erbitux franchise," commented Dr. Susan Jane Herbert, Head of Global Business Development and Strategy for Merck Serono. "This collaboration once again reflects our strong commitment to fighting cancer and to providing new treatment options to patients."
Sym004 is comprised of two antibodies that are not only designed to block ligand binding, receptor activation and downstream signaling but are also thought to elicit removal of the EGFR receptors from the cancer cell surface by inducing EGFR internalization and degradation.
As of July 2012, 88 patients have been treated with Sym004 in clinical trials. The adverse events from the preliminary clinical data include diarrhea, skin rash, mucosal inflammation, nausea, infusion-related reaction and hypomagnesemia. Exposure data from the patients, after weekly repeated infusions, do not indicate an anti-drug antibody response.
1. Pedersen MW, et al. Cancer Res 2010;70:588-97.
Symphogen will host a conference call today (Thursday 6 September 2012) to discuss the announcement at 11:30 CET/ 10:30 BST.
Kirsten Drejer, Symphogen's Chief Executive Officer, will host the call to discuss the licence agreement with Merck KGaA for Sym004, followed by a Q&A session. The call will be conducted in English. Please use the following dial-in details:
Please quote the following Conference ID: 28172177
An accompanying presentation will be released on Symphogen's website and available for download just before the start of the call and can be
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