NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Delcath Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: DCTH) announced today that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has approved UMMC's participation in the Phase III study of the Company's Percutaneous Hepatic Perfusion (PHP) System for the isolated, high dose delivery of the anti-cancer agent melphalan to treat inoperable metastatic melanoma in the liver. The pivotal, Phase III study is being led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which previously approved the study's expansion to a multi-center trial.
UMMC has also entered into a clinical research agreement with Delcath enabling the hospital to immediately begin recruiting and treating patients. Richard Alexander, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at the University of Maryland will serve as Principal Investigator of the study at this new center. Dr. Alexander, a recognized leader in the field of regional cancer therapy, was previously Deputy Director of the NCI's Center for Cancer Research, and Principal Investigator of the Phase I study that was Fast Tracked to this current Phase III study.
"The diagnosis of liver metastases results in a very poor prognosis for the patient," commented Dr. Alexander. "The Delcath System may represent an effective, minimally toxic means of restoring liver health and improving patient outcome. UMMC is committed to remaining at the forefront of cancer research and treatment. We look forward to participating in this NCI-led pivotal study and to understanding how this system may benefit patients."
"Expanding this Phase III study to premier oncology centers such as UMMC remains a top priority for the Company, as it allows the Delcath System to reach more patients desperately in need of new treatment options and expands physician awareness of its potential clinical benefit," said Richard L. Taney, President and CEO of Delcath Systems. "It is especially exciting to be collaborating with Dr. Alexander, who pioneered the use of our PHP system with Melphalan while at the NCI. Throughout 2008, we expect to expand the study to additional clinical sites with world-class clinical oncology programs. Several of these sites are currently in the process of securing the necessary approvals in order to join our clinical trials."
The Phase III Study
The Phase III study is designed to test Delcath's proprietary PHP System for the regional delivery of melphalan to the liver to treat patients with metastatic ocular and cutaneous melanoma who have unresectable tumors in the liver. The Delcath System is designed to deliver significantly higher doses of anti-cancer drugs to a patient's liver while preventing entry of the drugs to the rest of the patient's circulation. This isolation limits toxicities that result from systemic chemotherapy treatments.
Patients in the Phase III trial initially are randomized into one of two treatment arms, including immediate treatment with melphalan via the Delcath System or treatment with best alternative care. The study is designed to evaluate the duration of tumor response in each of the two study arms. Following guidelines established by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA), when disease progresses in patients enrolled in the best alternative care arm of the trial, they are permitted to "cross over" and receive treatment with the Delcath System.
About University of Maryland Medical Center
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is the heart of the University of Maryland Medical System's downtown campus. The hospital provides comprehensive care for the West Baltimore community and tertiary care for Maryland and the surrounding area. In partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, UMMC's vision is to be internationally recognized for world-class clinical programs distinguished by research and education, and strengthened by high-quality clinical care, exceptional customer service and operational excellence.
About Delcath Systems, Inc.
Delcath Systems is a developmental stage company testing its percutaneous perfusion technology for the isolated delivery of high doses of therapeutic and chemotherapeutic agents. The Delcath System is currently being tested with the drug melphalan in Phase III and Phase II clinical trials. The Company's intellectual property portfolio currently consists of twenty-eight patents on a worldwide basis including the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada. For more information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.delcath.com.
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