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Celator(R) Pharmaceuticals Presents New Data on Two Nano-Scale Delivery Platforms at the American Association for Cancer Research
Date:4/22/2010

PRINCETON, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Celator Pharmaceuticals today announced data from animal studies demonstrating the superior bone marrow uptake of CPX-351 (Cytarabine:Daunorubicin) Liposome Injection, its lead clinical-stage program, as well as the enhanced circulation kinetics and efficacy of its preclinical hydrophobic docetaxel prodrug nanoparticle (HDPN) formulation were presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, DC (Abstracts 3698 and 5534).

"This research continues to expand our understanding of the activity and potential clinical benefits of improved cancer therapeutics based on our proprietary technologies; the CombiPlex® platform and the nanoparticle prodrug delivery platform," said Scott Jackson, chief executive officer of Celator Pharmaceuticals.  "The work done with CPX-351 helps explain the encouraging anti-leukemic activity we are seeing in Phase 2 clinical studies and the results seen with HDPN contributed to this product being selected for study by the NCI's Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory."

In the first presentation, researchers reported on the circulation characteristics and anti-tumor activity of HDPN in mice bearing HT-29 human colorectal tumor xenografts.  Two nanoparticle preparations of the docetaxel pro-drug demonstrated significantly greater plasma half-lives than docetaxel formulated in polysorbate 80, the detergent drug solubilizer used in the marketed product Taxotere®. Furthermore, when administered at either their respective maximum tolerated doses or at equimolar doses to free docetaxel, the two HDPN preparations produced greater antitumor activity, as measured by tumor growth delay, than the free docetaxel.  These results confirm
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