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New Gene Discovery Suggests Which Patients CTI's Brostallicin May Benefit
Date:4/13/2008

ertain drugs in an effort to discover cells' vulnerabilities (weak spots) and where the drugs are the strongest. With these data, investigators can target those patients with the highest probability of benefiting from a particular drug. By treating only the patients with the genetic characteristics known to react well to the drug, scientists may be able to decrease the time and money necessary to develop a drug and bring it to market. This approach also has the potential to improve the rate of treatment success and increase the number of approved drug products across the drug development industry.

About Brostallicin

Brostallicin, a novel synthetic second-generation DNA minor groove binder, has potent cancer killing activity and has demonstrated synergism in combination with standard cytotoxic agents as well as with newer targeted therapies in preclinical experimental tumor models. Brostallicin binds covalently to DNA within the DNA minor groove, interfering with DNA division and leading to tumor cell death. More than 200 patients have been treated with brostallicin in single-agent and combination studies. Brostallicin had predictable and predominantly hematologic toxicities. Activity was demonstrated in a number of solid tumor types. A phase II study of brostallicin in relapsed/refractory soft tissue sarcoma met its pre-defined activity and safety hurdles and resulted in a first-line phase II study that is currently being conducted by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).

About Systems Medicine (SM)

In July 2007, CTI acquired Systems Medicine (SM), a privately-held oncology company, in a stock-for-stock merger. SM applies a systems biology approach to drug development, combining pharmacogenomics and bioinformatics with experienced preclinical, clinical, and regulatory expertise to find and exploit a specific cancer's 'context of vulnerability.' Specifically, SM defines the molecular and genetic alteration
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