MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - YM BioSciences Inc. (NYSE Amex: YMI; TSX: YM), a life sciences product development company that identifies and advances a diverse portfolio of promising cancer-related products at various stages of development, today reported additional results from a completed phase III study of nimotuzumab in children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). The updates to the preliminary data at ASCO 2008 were presented by Oncoscience AG, YM's licensee for nimotuzumab in Europe, at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) held in Sao Paulo, Brazil from October 5th-9th, 2009.
"These results demonstrate that nimotuzumab continues its long record of differentiated and remarkable safety and that it brings important benefits to children with this disease who are otherwise subject to aggressive chemotherapy," said Ferdinand Bach, CEO of Oncoscience, the sponsor of the trial. "These additional results showed that the benefit of nimotuzumab, in combination with radiotherapy in patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, was comparable to the combination of aggressive radio-chemotherapy." Mr. Bach added, "Based on the results of this trial we intend to submit a Pediatric Investigation Plan (PIP) to the EMEA forthwith which, if approved by the Pediatric Committee (PDCO) would support a submission for marketing authorization."
Oncoscience reported that patients were able to stay at home or attend school while undergoing treatment with nimotuzumab. After 24 weeks PR and SD was reported in 76% of the children and the median survival of all patients was 9.6 months, with responders having a median survival of 11.4 months. After one year of treatment, 14 of the 41 patients (34%) were reported alive compared to a historical rate of 39.9% (+/- 4.3%) reported for
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