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GenSpera Announces Generic Name "Mipsagargin" for Lead Drug Candidate G-202 per Recommendation by World Health Organization
Date:9/3/2014

SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GenSpera, Inc. (OTCQB: GNSZ), a leader in developing prodrug therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, today announced that the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Nonproprietary Name (INN) group has recommended the generic name "mipsagargin" (mip sa gar' jin) for its lead drug candidate, also known as G-202, currently in Phase II clinical trials for hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) and glioblastoma (brain cancer). Mipsagargin was also recommended by the United States Adopted Names Council (USAN) of the American Medical Association.

Craig Dionne, PhD, GenSpera's CEO, spoke to the significance of this issuance, "We are pleased that the INN division of WHO and the USAN Council recognized the unique nature of mipsagargin by affording it the new suffix, or pre-stem, of "gargin." The WHO issues approximately 160 name recommendations per year with only 1-2% having new suffixes. New suffixes are generally given to compounds with a unique mechanism of action or structure and serve to define such compound as the first in a possible new class of pharmacological agents. We believe mipsagargin's name recommendation is the result of G-202's novel nature and our innovative approaches to cancer therapy."

GenSpera recently released interim results from the Phase Ib and ongoing Phase II study in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients who had previously progressed on, or who were intolerant of sorafenib. Data showed 80% of patients treated with mipsagargin had stable disease (no tumor growth) at two months and 50% of patients exhibited stable disease at four months on study. In addition, imaging analysis demonstrated an impressive blockade of tumor blood flow in the single patient evaluated by this method to date.

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