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Raven Announces Completion of Enrollment in the Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of RAV12 Therapeutic Antibody for the Treatment of Adenocarcinomas
Date:2/13/2008

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The trial was conducted at five institutions in the United States: The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville, TN; The Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA; Premiere Oncology in Santa Monica, CA; Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC; and The University of Miami Medical Center in Miami, FL.

The RAV12 Phase 2 Program is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2008 when a first patient is enrolled in a study of gemcitabine plus RAV12 for the treatment of patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. An additional Phase 2 study employing RAV12 is planned to begin in the second half of this year.

About RAV12

RAV12 is a novel, chimeric monoclonal antibody that is directed against a primate-specific glycotope (sugar structure) that is widely displayed on the surfaces of tumor cells, particularly those of gastrointestinal origin (gastroesophageal, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers). Preclinical studies have demonstrated that RAV12 may kill tumor cells in a number of ways: first, the antibody is directly cytotoxic to a human colon cancer cell line in vitro through induction of oncotic cell death, a form of cell death characterized by cell and organelle swelling and loss of membrane integrity; second, the antibody mediates antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity; third, the antibody mediates complement dependent cell killing; and finally, the antibody alters cellular signaling required for cell survival. RAV12 is highly efficacious in human colon, gastric, and pancreatic tumor xenograft models in vivo and has been found to be well tolerated in repeat dose primate toxicology studies.

About GI Cancers

Adenocarcinomas are malignant tumors of the epithelial cells that line glands or viscera. They typically spread by way of the circulatory or lymphatic systems and are poorly treated after metastatic spread. More than 90 percent of colon, stomach and pancreatic tumor specimens express the RAV12 defined antigen, RAAG
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