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Keryx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Poster Presentations Highlighting Observed Clinical Activity of KRX-0401 (Perifosine) to be Presented at the Upcoming American Society of Hematology Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia
Date:12/7/2007

ents with Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma (MM): Updated Results.

Andrzej Jakubowiak, Todd Zimmerman, Melissa Alsina, Paul Richardson, Jonathan Kaufman, T. Kendall, C. Brozo, A. McAllister, C. Leister, T. Hideshima, P. Sportelli, L. Gardner, R. Birch, I.C. Henderson, K. Giusti, Kenneth Anderson

[1170*] - Board #324-I

Phase I/II Report from a Multicenter Trial of Perifosine (KRX-0401) + Bortezomib in Patients with Relapsed or Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma Previously Treated with Bortezomib.

Paul Richardson, A. Jakubowiak, J. Wolf, J. Allerton, J. Zonder, S. Lonial, A. Krishnan, J. Densmore, I. Ghobrial, K. Colson, T. Kendall, C. Leister, B. Martineau, T. Hideshima, T. Facon, P. Sportelli, L. Gardner, R. Birch, I.C. Henderson, K. Anderson

* Data reflected in Abstract 1170 is updated on Poster Board #324-1

Perifosine (KRX-0401) Mechanism of Action and Profile

Perifosine has been shown to inhibit or otherwise modify signaling through a number of different signal transduction pathways including Akt, MAPK, and JNK. Akt isoforms have been found to be overexpressed in renal, breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. Elevated levels of pAkt have been correlated with poor prognosis in patients with gastric, hepatocellular, endometrial, prostate, renal cell and head and neck cancers, as well as glioblastoma. The majority of tumors expressing high levels of pAkt were high-grade, advanced stage or had other features associated with poor prognosis.

The effects of perifosine on Akt are of particular interest because of 1) the importance of this pathway in the development of most cancers; 2) the evidence that it is often activated in tumors that are resistant to other forms of anticancer therapy; and 3) and the difficulty encountered thus far in the discovery of drugs that will inhibit this pathway without causing excessive toxicity.

To date, over 1,500 patients have been treated with perifosine in trials con
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