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New combo lung cancer therapy improves survival over single-line treatment
Date:12/15/2010

nhibitors such as erlotinib. In this study, the combination of erlotinib and the HDAC inhibitor entinostat lead to a small but not statistically significant improvement in survival in unselected patients but a large and statistically significant improvement in survival in patients with high expression of Ecadherin ( 9.4 months vs.5.4 months). While extremely promising, these results will need to be confirmed in a larger randomized phase III trial."

"Using a biomarker to select patients based on the tumor biology can improve patient outcomes versus treating an unselected patient population," said University of Colorado Cancer Center researcher Fred Hirsch, MD, PhD, professor of medical oncology at the CU medical school.

Data from the phase 2 trial, led by Robert Jotte, MD, PhD, of Denver's Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, was presented recently at the ASTRO 2010 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology, co-sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and The University of Chicago.

"The data presented suggest that NSCLC patients with elevated E-cadherin levels can do better when treated with entinostat and erlotinib," said Joanna Horobin, MD, president and chief executive officer of Syndax, the company that holds worldwide rights to entinostat.

Syndax holds rights to the CU intellectual property related to this type of combination therapy which includes the use of E-cadherin to predict responsiveness to the therapy.

"Syndax has been a model commercial partner for the University, and we are both encouraged and excited by the Phase 2 results," said David Poticha, senior licensing manager at the CU Technology Transfer Office.


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Contact: Lindsay Lennox
lindsay.lennox@cu.edu
303-735-5518
University of Colorado Denver
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