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Soligenix Announces Initiation of a Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of SGX201 for the Prevention of Acute Radiation Enteritis
Date:12/21/2009

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Soligenix, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SNGX) (Soligenix or the Company), formerly known as DOR BioPharma, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company, announced today that it has initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating SGX201, a time-release formulation of oral beclomethasone 17,21-dipropionate (oral BDP), for the prevention of acute radiation enteritis. This study will be supported in large part by a two-year Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant award, which will provide Soligenix with approximately $510,000 in funding.

The Phase 1/2 protocol BDP-ENT-01 is designed as a multicenter, open-label, sequential, dose-escalation study in approximately 36 patients. Patients with rectal cancer who are scheduled to undergo concurrent radiation and chemotherapy prior to surgery will be enrolled in one of four escalating dose groups. The objectives of the study are to evaluate the safety and maximal tolerated dose of escalating doses of SGX201, as well as the preliminary efficacy of SGX201 for prevention of signs and symptoms of acute radiation enteritis. The study is expected to be completed in the first half of 2011.

Acute radiation enteritis is an unmet medical need and caused by radiation-induced death of cells in the lining of the bowel. As bowel cells die and are not replaced, gastrointestinal toxicity develops over the next few days and weeks due to an inflammatory response to dead cells and bacteria, with chronic diarrhea, vomiting and pain being the major symptoms. The addition of chemotherapy often exacerbates the onset, severity and debilitation related to intestinal symptoms and itself can cause significant GI toxicity. This treatment-related enteritis often results in delay or interruption of the cancer treatment. There are over 100,000 patients annually in the United States who receive abdominal or pelvic external beam radiation treatment for cancer, and these pa
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