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Syndax Pharmaceuticals Secures $26.6 Million Series B Financing for Advancement of Epigenetic Therapies for Treatment-Resistant Cancers
Date:8/27/2013

WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Syndax Pharmaceuticals Inc., which is developing epigenetic therapies for treatment-resistant cancers, today announced it has secured a $26.6 million Series B financing. Participating investors included Domain Associates, MPM Capital, Forward Ventures and RusnanoMedInvest (RMI).

Syndax plans to use the proceeds to continue advancement of its late-stage pipeline of epigenetic-based combination therapies for treatment-resistant cancers, including activities in preparation for an NDA-enabling Phase 3 study of entinostat in metastatic breast cancer. The study is currently being developed by the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, which would conduct the study under the sponsorship of the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute (NCI).

"Entinostat represents the most advanced clinical program of an epigenetic therapy in solid tumors," said Arlene M. Morris, Syndax's chief executive officer. "We have a unique opportunity to help a patient population where safe and effective treatments capable of extending survival are needed desperately. The Series B financing enables us to continue to advance entinostat toward registration, where we believe the opportunity in breast cancer and lung cancer alone exceeds $2 billion."

In the completed Phase 2 ENCORE 301 study, entinostat was shown to extend both progression-free survival and overall survival when added to exemestane in postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) metastatic breast cancer whose cancer had progressed after treatment with a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor. In addition, a potential pharmacodynamic biomarker identified in a subset of patients with ER+ tumors was associated with greater progression-free survival.

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