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Study Shows Intradigm's RNAi Nanoplex Technology To Be Effective Systemic siRNA Delivery Platform for the Treatment of Various Cancer Models
Date:4/14/2008

Findings Support Gene-Silencing Mechanism and Demonstrate Significant Tumor

Growth Inhibition Across Multiple Tumor Models in Mice

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Intradigm Corporation, a leading developer of targeted, systemic RNA interference (RNAi) therapeutics, today announced study results that demonstrated the company's RNAi Nanoplex (NPX) delivery technology platform is capable of effectively delivering small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting both vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) pathways, two clinically validated pathways in the treatment of various cancers. Study data demonstrated that mice treated with Intradigm's proprietary peptide-based, biodegradable polymer (PolyTran(TM)) carrying each of VEGF-, VEGFR2- or EGFR-targeted siRNAs experienced significant tumor growth inhibition that was similar to that of mice receiving the study's positive control (VEGF antibody Bevacizumab or EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor Erlotinib). In addition, mice in the active siRNA treatment groups demonstrated no apparent toxicity or significant weight loss.

These study findings, which also confirmed the gene-silencing mechanism of action of Intradigm's technology, were presented by Intradigm scientists on Sunday, April 13 at the 2008 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in San Diego.

"We are very pleased with these study results as they confirm the gene-silencing mechanism of our RNAi NPX delivery technology, as well as its ability to systemically deliver siRNAs to tumors in a safe and effective manner," said Mohammad Azab, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Intradigm. "Furthermore, by effectively targeting VEGF, VEGFR2, and EGFR, three established oncology targets, with our siRNAs, we have demonstrated the versatility of the RNAi NPX delivery technology which could be translated into multiple product opportunities for Intradigm's pipeline of RNAi
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