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Morphotek®, Inc. Announces Initiation of Farletuzumab Phase II Study in First-Line Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Date:6/28/2011

may one day provide a benefit to patients with FRA-positive NSCLC."

Farletuzumab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to and blocks the function of FRA, a cell surface protein on tumor cells that confers a growth advantage to tumorigenic ovarian cells in vitro.  FRA has been demonstrated by several independent studies to be expressed on a variety of cancer types including non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma. Preclinical data support the theory that farletuzumab achieves its pharmacological effect by two mechanisms: first, by the capacity of farletuzumab to block signaling inside cancer cells and, second, by stimulating the patient's immune system to attack and destroy the FRA-positive tumor cells.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. NSCLC represents more than 85% of lung cancer cases, with the majority being diagnosed in advanced stages. Estimates for lung cancer in the United States are predicted to be over 220,000 new cases and 155,000 deaths from the disease annually.(1)  Over 360,000 deaths from lung cancer are expected annually in the European Region. Approximately 15% of patients in these regions with NSCLC will survive five years, reflecting the limited potential of currently available therapies.(2)

Further information on the clinical study can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov, study number NCT01218516.

About MorphotekMorphotek®, Inc., a subsidiary of Eisai Inc., is a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of protein and antibody products through the use of a novel and proprietary gene evolution technology.  The technology has been successfully applied to a broad variety of cell lines and organisms to yield genetically diverse offspring that are suitable for pharmaceutical product development in the areas of antibody therapeutics, protein therapeutics, product manufacturing, drug target discovery, and improved ou
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