Navigation Links
Constellation Pharmaceuticals and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Partner to Develop Novel BET Inhibitor for the Treatment of Hematologic Malignancies
Date:9/20/2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Constellation Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading biopharmaceutical company in the field of epigenetics, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) to advance the development of a novel BET inhibitor for the treatment of patients with hematologic malignancies. Under the terms of the agreement, LLS will provide up to $7.5 million in funding to support Constellation's small molecule BET inhibitor program through the completion of a broad Phase 1 clinical plan.  

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is a leader in funding lifesaving research in hematologic malignancies," said Keith E. Dionne, Ph.D., president and CEO of Constellation Pharmaceuticals. "It is an honor to partner with a philanthropic organization that is so deeply connected with the patients who may one day benefit from our BET inhibitor therapy. We look forward to bringing a novel BET inhibitor into the clinic and to working with LLS to expand our understanding of the potential activity of BET inhibition in these diseases."

Small molecule inhibition of the bromodomain and extra-terminal – or BET – family of chromatin adaptors produces selective effects on gene expression and leads to the death of tumor cells across a broad range of hematologic malignancies and in subsets of solid tumors, making it a promising new therapeutic approach in oncology. Constellation published preclinical data in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science last year demonstrating that the transcription of MYC, a master regulator of cellular function that plays a role in many cancers, can be suppressed using small molecule inhibitors of BET protein bromodomains. The regulation of MYC through BET inhibition was recognized by Nature Medicine as a 2011 Notable Achievement in Cancer Biology and by Science Signaling as a 2011 Biology Breakthrough of the Year. Small molecule inhibition of BET has also been shown to selectively suppress other genes, such as BCL-2 and NF-kB-dependent genes, that have important roles in cancer and inflammation.

Taking an active role in accelerating development of novel therapies for patients, the LLS has committed funding to support this collaboration as part of its Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP). TAP is LLS's bold initiative designed to advance therapies with high prospects of providing benefit to patients suffering from blood cancers. By partnering directly with biotechnology companies, LLS is taking a results-oriented approach to more quickly identify potential breakthrough therapies and advance them along the FDA drug approval pathway.

"The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has led the way in supporting research to better understand the therapeutic potential of epigenetic drug targets for hematologic malignancies," said Richard Winneker, Ph.D., senior vice president for research at LLS. "We are very pleased to be partnering with Constellation on the further development of its leading BET inhibitor program so that we can more quickly determine how this new class of drugs can have the greatest impact for patients with these diseases."

About Constellation Pharmaceuticals

Constellation Pharmaceuticals leverages insights from the rapidly expanding field of epigenetics to discover and develop small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, inflammatory/immunologic disorders and other diseases. The company's innovative product discovery engine targets both enzymes that modify the dynamic structure of chromatin (writers and erasers) and other proteins that interact with chromatin (readers) to control gene expression. Restoration of normal gene expression through chromatin modulation by highly selective and specific inhibitors promises to be a powerful avenue for the development of important new medicines against a broad range of diseases. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.constellationpharma.com.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.lls.org or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. www.lls.org.

Contacts:

Constellation Pharmaceuticals:
Dan Budwick
Pure Communications, Inc.
973-271-6085
dan@purecommunicationsinc.com

LLS:
Andrea Greif
914-821-8958
Andrea.greif@lls.org 


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Reliance Pharmaceuticals: Biosimilars Company Analysis
2. JHP Pharmaceuticals to Produce Lyophilized Biologic for International Late-Phase Clinical Trials
3. Selexys Pharmaceuticals Completes $23M Equity Financing and Signs Agreement With Global Pharmaceutical Company
4. Unigene and Tarix Pharmaceuticals Report Highly Increased Oral Bioavailability of "Peptelligence-engineered" TXA127
5. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Announces Launch of Concurrent Private Offerings of Senior Notes
6. Eutropics Pharmaceuticals awarded NCI contract to develop companion diagnostic for guiding AML treatments
7. CoLucid Pharmaceuticals Details Phase 3 Development Strategy for Lasmiditan to Address Major Unmet Needs in Acute Migraine Therapy
8. Biopharmaceutical Industry Veterans Join Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Board of Directors
9. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Appoints Howard Schiller To Board Of Directors
10. Arena Pharmaceuticals to Present at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference
11. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Hires Mike A. Royal, M.D. as Chief, Clinical Affairs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: RXII), a ... significant unmet medical needs, today announced that it ... product development program, based on its proprietary self-delivering ... Dermatology (SID) 76 th Annual Meeting.  The ... sciences relevant to skin health and disease through ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 20, 2017  AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global ... of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients ... and compensated cirrhosis (Child-Pugh A) achieved sustained virologic ... with its investigational, pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir/pibrentasvir (G/P). ... following 12 weeks of G/P treatment without ribavirin. ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition ... Analysis By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, ... report to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services market is ... Low drug registration cost in Latin American countries and continuous ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... Somnoware, a leading provider of digital ... module. Using this new feature, sleep physicians can now predict the likelihood of ... airway pressure (CPAP), oral, or other forms of sleep apnea therapy. The Somnoware ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... There is no better place in ... a special report in the May issue of Consumer Reports focused on heart health. ... for results achieved during and after coronary bypass and aortic valve replacement procedures. ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... instrument solutions, announces the continuation of its strategic partnership with and platinum sponsorship ... developing nations in the safe and effective management of complex spine deformity cases, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities at Telehealth 2.0, the American Telemedicine Association’s ... bundles, which pairs medical devices with a pre-programmed tablet in a remarkably easy-to-use ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The Santana Telehealth Project was honored with the ... the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference, on April 23 in Orlando, FL. , “I ... improve the lives of the poor and underserved in other parts of the world,” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):