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Proacta Incorporated and Yakult Honsha Announce Expansion of Their Collaborative Research, Development and Commercialization Agreement
Date:8/3/2011

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Proacta Incorporated and Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 2267) today announced the expansion of their Collaborative Research, Development and Commercialization Agreement to also include Proacta's PR610 compound, a hypoxia-activated pro-drug for the treatment of cancer.  Based on compelling pre-clinical data on PR610, the parties agreed to expand their existing collaboration to include PR610.  The initial agreement, signed in February 2011, for Proacta's hypoxia-activated pro-drug, PR509, granted Yakult research, development and commercialization rights to PR509 in Japan.

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"Based on recent pre-clinical study results, we believe that PR610 could perform very well in the clinic," said John C. Gutheil, MD, Proacta's CEO. "We have developed a strong relationship with Yakult in the short time that we have been working together. We are delighted that Yakult is interested in PR610 and that they share our optimism regarding the potential of this molecule."

Mr. Shigeyoshi Sakamoto, Head, Pharmaceutical Division/ Managing Executive Officer, Member of the Board of Yakult, said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our collaborative research, development, and commercialization agreement with Proacta to include PR610. This molecule has shown unique promise and provides Yakult with an option on two promising molecules within Proacta's hypoxia-activated irreversible multi-kinase inhibitors portfolio for the treatment of cancer. We look forward to the continued progress and advancement of the program so that we can more quickly bring promising new treatments to patients suffering from cancer."

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