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

oma and prostate cancer, and plans to initiate a second phase I trial of SGI-1776 in patients with relapsed/refractory leukemias in 2009.

Copies of the poster presentations at the ASH Annual Meeting are available in the pipeline section of SuperGen's Web site www.supergen.com.

About SGI-1776

SGI-1776 inhibits the three human PIM kinases (PIM-1, PIM-2 and PIM-3). PIM kinases are highly conserved serine-threonine kinases that are key regulators in many signaling pathways implicated in cancer. When expressed, PIM kinases are strong survival factors and can induce progression of the cell cycle, inhibition of apoptosis, and modulation of other signal transduction pathways. Therefore, SGI-1776 can induce cell death in cancer cells expressing PIM kinases and promote sensitivity of cancer cells to treatment with other targeted and chemotherapy drugs. SGI-1776 has broad potential as a single agent as well as in combination with other agents, as PIM kinases contribute to many malignancies including prostate adenocarcinomas, diffuse large cell lymphomas, as well as several types of leukemias.

About SuperGen

Based in Dublin, Calif., SuperGen, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery and development of novel cancer therapies. SuperGen is developing a number of therapeutic anticancer products focused on kinase and cell signaling inhibitors and DNA methyltransferase inhibitors. For more information about SuperGen, please visit www.supergen.com.

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