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Proteolix, Inc. to be Acquired By Onyx Pharmaceuticals
Date:10/12/2009

eolix is a leader in developing therapeutics that inhibit the cellular proteasome, a validated and well-characterized approach to treating certain hematologic cancers. Carfilzomib is the first in a new class of selective and irreversible proteasome inhibitors. To date, carfilzomib has demonstrated strong response rates in multiple studies and a potentially more tolerable safety profile than currently approved agents. An ongoing accelerated approval Phase 2b trial in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma is expected to complete enrollment in 2009 with data anticipated in the second half of 2010. Carfilzomib is also being evaluated in a companion Phase 2 trial in relapsed multiple myeloma. A Phase 3 trial evaluating carfilzomib in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone as a potential treatment option for patients with multiple myeloma is expected to begin in 2010. Carfilzomib is also being evaluated in a Phase 1b/2 study for solid tumor cancers. In addition, Proteolix has discovered additional next-generation proteasome inhibitors to which it holds worldwide development and commercialization rights, including an oral proteasome inhibitor and a selective immunoproteasome inhibitor.

"Treatment options in multiple myeloma have historically been limited, and there is a tremendous need to expand the treatment paradigm with agents offering an improved efficacy and safety profile," said Michael Kauffman, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer at Proteolix. "Carfilzomib is in multiple ongoing clinical studies and has revealed clear single-agent activity in a heavily pre-treated multiple myeloma patient population, as well as being well tolerated alone, or in combination with Revlimid. Upcoming data for carfilzomib could support the potential near-term introduction of a novel therapy for this debilitating disease."

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP acted as legal advisor to Proteolix on this transaction.

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