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Kosan's Second-Generation Hsp90 Inhibitor, Alvespimycin, Shows 42% Clinical Benefit in Phase 1 HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer Trial
Date:9/10/2007

Data Presented at ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium; Additional Positive Results

Seen Since Presentation at ASCO Annual Meeting in June Phase I Trial Expanding to Include Alvespimycin Plus Trastuzumab Plus

Paclitaxel Regimen

HAYWARD, Calif., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kosan Biosciences Incorporated (Nasdaq: KOSN) presented updated data from a Phase 1 clinical trial showing that alvespimycin, its second-generation Hsp90 inhibitor, demonstrated antitumor activity and tolerability in combination with trastuzumab (Herceptin(R)) in patients with refractory HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, and in patients with refractory ovarian cancer who were progressing on standard chemotherapy. Data from the ongoing trial in patients with solid tumors were presented on Friday, September 7, 2007 by Shanu Modi, M.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in a poster, titled, "Alvespimycin (KOS-1022) and Trastuzumab (T): Activity in HER2+ Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)" at the 2007 Breast Cancer Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), San Francisco, CA.

"Alvespimycin continues to demonstrate meaningful antitumor activity in patients with highly refractory HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer, with additional positive Phase 1 data showing sustained responses and clinical benefit," said Robert G. Johnson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Kosan's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our strategy is to pursue potentially a broad and fast-to-market development pathway for alvespimycin in HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. We are expanding the Phase 1 trial to include an alvespimycin plus trastuzumab plus paclitaxel regimen to establish a saf
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