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RTA 402 Shown to Inhibit STAT3 in Animal Model and Holds,Significant Promise for Treating Breast Cancer

growth, invasion, and metastasis. It has also been shown to have a role in preventing the patient's immune system from recognizing and destroying the tumor. It is thought that cancer therapies able to inhibit STAT3 may have profound anti-cancer effects, which may include re-establishing normal immune function against the tumor. The 4T1 animal studies, which are performed in mice that have a normal immune system, provide support for this idea. When researchers examined the spleens of tumor-bearing animals, they found that untreated control animals had a significant reduction in the number of immune cells in their spleens. Animals receiving RTA 402, however, had levels of immune cells that were consistent with healthy, cancer-free animals.

"This paper provides important new data on how RTA 402 works to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancer," said Warren Huff, CEO of Reata. "The effects on STAT3 shown in this paper, combined with the drugs' proven inhibition of NF-kB, indicate that these agents modulate important and inter-related pathways in cancer cells."

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Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on selecting and discovering promising early drug development opportunities and translating them into successful marketed drugs that target major unmet clinical needs in cancer, inflammation and neurodegenerative disease. The company's two lead programs are entering advanced clinical trials for deadly, late-stage cancers. In parallel with its clinical development, Reata is advancing a breakthrough drug discovery platform that addresses protein misfolding, a key factor in cancer and neurodegenerative disease, to feed its pipeline of small molecule therapeutic candidates. Reata takes a new and different approach to biotechnology, managing its pipeline as a portfolio of opportunities that can be advanced on a single management and physical infrastructure, streamlining the route to human trials and approval. Founded
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