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Raven Announces Continued Enrollment of Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of RAV12 Therapeutic Antibody for Treatment of Adenocarcinomas
Date:11/27/2007

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Raven biotechnologies, inc., a privately held company focused on the development of monoclonal antibody therapeutics (MAbs) for cancer, today announced it is continuing to enroll new patients in the maximum tolerated dose cohort expansion segment of its Phase 1/2a trial for patients with cancers of the gastrointestinal tract that express the RAAG12 antigen.

RAAG12 is a glycotope (sugar structure) that is widely found on the surface of tumor cells of many kinds of cancer, particularly cancers of the gastrointestinal tract (adenocarcinomas of gastroesophageal, pancreatic and colorectal origin). RAV12, Raven's lead clinical monoclonal antibody drug candidate, targets the RAAG12 antigen.

This segment of the trial will yield additional information about the safety of the drug and define the pharmacokinetics of the antibody.

The appropriate dose and schedule of RAV12 was chosen in a dose-escalation segment of the Phase 1/2a trial that involved 33 patients. This trial revealed that a fractionated dosing regimen provided an improved safety profile for the antibody. Raven is now enrolling patients in a second segment of the trial in which all patients are receiving the recommended dose and schedule of drug. Information from the Phase 1/2a trial will be supporting the dosing in a Phase 2 study in pancreatic cancer, the next clinical trial scheduled for RAV12.

The trial is being 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.

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 tho
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