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FDA Grants Cequent IND - Clears Way for First-Ever Clinical Trial of Orally Delivered RNAi Therapeutic: CEQ508, a tkRNAi Drug Candidate in Oncology
Date:12/10/2009

associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington, and served as the PI of a previous celecoxib FAP Phase II trial that established a high standard for polyposis trials.

The upcoming Phase I FAP trial will serve as a proof of concept for Cequent's tkRNAi technology, according to Mr. Parker. "We believe our technology offers an elegant solution to the RNAi delivery problem that has stymied significant progress in the field to date. We modify live, nonpathogenic bacteria in a proprietary process to produce and deposit mediators of RNAi directly into the target cells. Follow-on drug candidates could potentially address dozens of different gene targets associated with more common and equally serious diseases. For example, we continue to make progress on our preclinical program for inflammatory bowel disease."

In preclinical testing with non-human primates, Cequent's tkRNAi therapeutic candidates have demonstrated potent silencing of beta-catenin, a protein known to accumulate and lead to the proliferation of polyps in affected patients, and CEQ508 exhibited an encouraging safety profile when administered as a daily oral therapeutic.

About Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)

FAP is a rare inherited gastrointestinal disease that causes hundreds to thousands of precancerous polyps to form in the colon of an affected individual. Approximately 35,000 people in the U.S. carry the genetic mutation inherent to the disease, and the clinical researchers studying this disease have identified virtually all FAP patients. Today, without prophylactic removal of the colon, people with FAP almost inevitably develop cancer, and there is no generally accepted pharmacological treatment available. FAP has been designated as an orphan disease under the U.S. Orphan Drug Act, which provides various incentives for sponsors to encourage development of products for rare diseases. Phase I studies of novel therapeuti
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