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Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) Partners with Novartis to Advance Phase II Study of Deacetylase Inhibitor
Date:8/19/2007

efractory multiple myeloma who have received at least two lines of therapy, and whose disease progressed on their most recent therapy. Prior therapy must have included bortezomib (VELCADE(R)) or lenalidomide.

LBH589 is part of a promising class of drugs called deacetylase inhibitors or HDAC inhibitors, which may play an important role in helping to slow or stop the growth of multiple myeloma cells. Preclinical laboratory data suggests that LBH589 has significant activity against multiple myeloma cells, including those that are resistant to conventional therapies.

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC)

The Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) is a 509(a)3 non-profit organization that integrates leading academic institutions to accelerate drug development in multiple myeloma. It is led from MMRC offices in Norwalk, Conn., and comprises 13 member institutions: City of Hope, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute, the Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Mayo Clinic, Ohio State University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York, University Health Network (Princess Margaret Hospital), University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and Washington University.

The MMRC was founded in 2004 by Kathy Giusti, a myeloma patient, and with the help of the scientific community. The MMRC is a sister organization to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the world's leading funder of multiple myeloma research. The MMRC is widely recognized as an optimal research model to rapidly address critical challenges in drug development and to explore opportunities in the today's most promising research areas -- genomics, compound validation, and clinical trials. The MMRC is the only consortium to join academic institutions through membership agreemen
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