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Kosan Presents Updated Data on Hsp90 Inhibitor, Tanespimycin, in Multiple Myeloma at Ash
Date:12/8/2007

well-tolerated and may represent a benefit for patients in terms of convenience and ease of administration. Tanespimycin is clearly an active and manageable agent and is deserving of further clinical study."

"We continue to see meaningful antitumor activity and tolerability with the tanespimycin plus bortezomib combination in multiple myeloma across patient populations. In addition, we are observing intriguing evidence supporting the hypothesis that in the tanespimycin/bortezomib combination, tanespimycin may be exerting a neuroprotective effect based on the observation of reduced neuropathy, a side effect associated with bortezomib," said Robert G. Johnson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Kosan's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The data from this ongoing trial are still being evaluated, and multiple patients remain on study. At this time, the overall response rate appears to be lower than previously reported. We are investigating whether there were patient characteristics that may have contributed to this lower response rate, including the possibility that patients added to the study since the data were last reported represented a more advanced and heavily pretreated population. We will complete the study and further evaluate the data in consultation with multiple myeloma experts to confirm the most expeditious course forward. Taken as a whole, the currently available data from this trial suggest that there may be utility in adjusting the TIME program to optimize the therapeutic potential of the tanespimycin and bortezomib combination. We have not, however, made any definitive decisions concerning a potential adjustment."

Tanespimycin Phase 1b Trial Results

The objective of the Phase 1b dose-escalating trial was to evaluate tanespimycin with bortezomib in patients with relapsed, refractory multiple myeloma, relative to safety, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and anti-myeloma effects. Dose escalations in the entire trial ranged from 100-340 mg/m2 for
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