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Date:3/1/2012

scan to their MRI and used neuro-navigation software to calculate exactly where in the tumor we needed to place the injection of Toca 511. The patients were given the injection and discharged from the hospital the day after the procedure."

Co-investigator Bob Carter, MD, PhD, chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at UC San Diego Medical Center and Moores Cancer Center, noted that this novel agent is the culmination of years of multi-disciplinary efforts. "Tocagen's investigational therapy, Toca 511 & Toca FC, is a representative example of the culmination of many technological advances that have come to pass during the last three decades," said Carter. "It is a convergence of years of hard work by dedicated public and private practitioners in many different fields including molecular biologists, basic scientists, virologists, physicists, mathematicians, surgeons, computer scientists, manufacturing experts, regulatory experts, and oncologists."

For Kesari, whose doctoral thesis focused on viral therapy for brain tumors, this has been a passion for 20 years. "I started this kind of research two decades ago, and to see a new technology like Toca 511 advance from bench to bedside completes the circle. This is the moment physician-researchers live for."

"This trial is an exciting realization of the ability to help our patients that comes from outstanding science combined with innovative thinking and the desire to deliver compassionate care," said William C. Mobley, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. "At UC San Diego, we are intent upon transforming the care of patients with disorders of the brain."


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Contact: Kim Edwards
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619-543-6163
University of California - San Diego
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