Hsp90 inhibitors have a novel mechanism of action targeting multiple pathways involved in cancer cell growth and survival. Tanespimycin (KOS-953) is being tested in combination with bortezomib (Velcade(R)) in patients with multiple myeloma in a registration program called TIME. Tanespimycin is also being studied in a Phase 2 trial in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer in combination with trastuzumab (Herceptin(R)), and as monotherapy in metastatic melanoma. Kosan's second-generation Hsp90 inhibitor, alvespimycin (KOS-1022), is being evaluated in a Phase 1 trial in solid tumors in combination with trastuzumab and paclitaxel (Taxol(R)) and in a Phase 2 trial as monotherapy in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (intravenous) and in a Phase 1 trial in solid tumors (oral).
Epothilones inhibit cell division with a mechanism of action similar to taxanes, one of the most successful classes of anti-tumor agents. KOS-1584 is in Phase 1 clinical trials in patients with solid tumors.
Kosan's motilin agonist compound, KOS-2187, licensed to Pfizer, is in a Phase 1 safety trial, with plans to pursue development in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
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