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SuperGen's PIM Kinase Inhibitor, SGI-1776, Effective in Pre-Clinical Models of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Date:12/8/2008

DUBLIN, Calif., Dec. 8/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SuperGen Inc. (Nasdaq: SUPG), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel cancer therapies, today announced that its oral PIM kinase inhibitor, SGI-1776, is effective both in vitro and in vivo in preclinical models of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) (Abstract #1922). This research was presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology.

In a poster presentation entitled "Inhibiting PIM-1 is effective in vitro and in vivo against ALL: A novel mechanistic and potentially clinically relevant druggable target," Dr. Valerie Brown and colleagues from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that SGI-1776 inhibited human ALL cell lines in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, SGI-1776 and the m-tor inhibitor rapamycin acted synergistically to inhibit ALL cell proliferation. In a clinically relevant in vivo model, NOD/SCID mice xenografted with human primary ALL cells, SGI-1776 also reduced tumor burden.

"Our PIM kinase inhibitor, SGI-1776, has significant potential in hematologic malignancies," commented Dr. Gregory Berk, Chief Medical Officer of SuperGen. "PIM-1 is known to be overexpressed in ALL, AML, CML, as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In many of these conditions PIM-1 overexpression is a poor prognostic factor. It has been postulated that inhibition of PIM kinase may potentiate the activity of m-tor inhibitors by modulation of m-tor inhibitor resistance pathways. These elegant preclinical experiments by Dr. Brown and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania support this hypothesis."

SuperGen recently received clearance for a phase I trial with SGI-1776 in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymph
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