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To Reach, Perchance to Kill the Cancer: A Soliloquy From Epeius Nanotechnologies Opposes That 'Sea of Troubles'
Date:9/7/2010

SAN MARINO, Calif., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Epeius Biotechnologies Corporation, a leader in the emerging field of targeted genetic medicine, reports the publication of a landmark paper in clinical oncology. Following up on its advanced U.S. Phase I/II clinical trials of Rexin-G in chemo-resistant metastatic pancreatic cancer (Molecular Therapy, 2010, 18: 435-441), which gained both Orphan Drug and FDA Fast Track Status, this new paper documents the molecular mechanisms-of-action of Rexin-G seen in the process of tumor eradication—revealing the "smoking gun" of precision, tumor-targeted killer gene delivery amidst a veritable "sea" of actively dying (apoptosing) tumor cells. Equally as important was the clinical finding that surgical oncologists were able to do more for cancer patients after the metastatic disease was brought under control by Rexin-G treatment.

Based on the adaptive Phase I/II study design, which included an FDA allowance for surgical intervention to be added to the treatment protocol in cases where repeated Rexin-G infusions had served to control the cancer and halt disease progression, the report describes the use of Rexin-G as both neoadjuvant therapy (before surgery) and as adjuvant therapy (after surgery) to prevent post-surgical spread and disease recurrence.  Remarkably, the excised tumor(s) showed the process of Rexin-G accumulation within the tumors, as well as the molecular mechanisms of tumor cell destruction, with an unprecedented level of histological high-definition.

The landmark paper, published in the latest issue of Oncology Reports (Open Access, 24: 829-833, 2010) demonstrates the physical accumulation of the intravenous Rexin-G nano-medicine within the metastatic tumor prior to its surgical excision. It additionally reveals the selective accumulation of the Rexin-G nanoparticles on the surfaces of the target cells, i.e., pancreatic cancer cells and their proliferative
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