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Kosan Opens Registration Program for Lead Hsp90 Inhibitor, Tanespimycin, in Multiple Myeloma
Date:8/19/2007

sly reported, 44% (18 out of 41 patients evaluable for response). Of the 44%, 8 out of 14 patients were bortezomib-nave (57%); 7 out of 16 patients were bortezomib-pretreated patients (44%); and 3 out of 11 patients were bortezomib-refractory (27%). Responses in the bortezomib-refractory patients continue to show prolonged duration (at least 10 months at the time of data presentation at ASCO in June 2007) and meaningful reduction of serum/urinary M-protein (greater than 89%). The combination of tanespimycin and bortezomib was well-tolerated.

Kosan has been granted orphan drug designation for tanespimycin in multiple myeloma in both the US and European Union.

About Kosan

Kosan Biosciences is a biotechnology company advancing two new classes of anticancer agents through clinical development -- Hsp90 (heat shock protein 90) inhibitors and epothilones. Kosan is leveraging its proprietary discovery platform to generate a pipeline of potentially significant product candidates, primarily in the area of oncology.

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 in patients with multiple myeloma in a registration program called TIME. Tanespimycin is also being studied in multiple myeloma as monotherapy, in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer in combination with Herceptin, and as monotherapy in metastatic melanoma. Intravenous and oral formulations of Kosan's second-generation Hsp90 inhibitor, alvespimycin (KOS-1022), are being evaluated in Phase 1 clinical trials in hematological cancers and in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.

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 epothilone program is partnered with Roche through a glo
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