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Vion Pharmaceuticals Announces Initiation of Clinical Trial of Cloretazine(R) (VNP40101M) in Combination with Stem Cell Transplantation
Date:12/4/2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VION PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Nasdaq Capital Market: VION) today announced the start of an investigator-sponsored Phase I clinical trial of its lead anticancer agent Cloretazine(R) (VNP40101M) in combination with hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) in patients with various advanced hematologic malignancies. The trial is being conducted under the direction of Roy Jones, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The objective of the trial is to define the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of Cloretazine(R) (VNP40101M) when given to patients of 18 to 65 years of age with poor-prognosis leukemia, lymphoma, and Hodgkin's disease who are undergoing either an allogeneic or autologous HCT.

Ann Cahill, Vice President of Clinical Development, commented, "Both patients and physicians are searching for ways to improve outcomes after stem cell transplantation. Patients with advanced disease are particularly in need of new therapies." Ms. Cahill concluded, "We are hopeful that Cloretazine(R) (VNP40101M) can make a contribution in the stem cell transplant setting."

Vion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is committed to extending the lives and improving the quality of life of cancer patients worldwide by developing and commercializing innovative cancer therapeutics. Vion has two agents in clinical trials. Cloretazine(R) (VNP40101M), a unique alkylating agent, is being evaluated in a Phase II pivotal trial as a single agent in elderly patients with previously untreated de novo poor-risk acute myelogenous leukemia. Clinical trials of Cloretazine(R) (VNP40101M) as a single agent in small cell lung cancer, with temozolomide in brain tumors, and with stem cell transplantation in advanced hematologic malignancies, are also being conducted. Triapine(R), a potent inhibitor of a key step in DNA synthesis, is being evaluated in clinical trials spon
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