LUND, SWEDEN and PARIS--(Marketwire - October 01, 2012) - Active Biotech (NASDAQ OMX
NORDIC: ACTI) and Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) have presented a new set
data on biomarkers from the previously concluded tasquinimod Phase II study
chemotherapy-naïve metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC)
scientific congress ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology) held in
September 28-October 2.
Dr Michael Carducci, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, US,
on Saturday September 29 the poster "Tasquinimod mechanism of action
Correlation with PFS and survival in men with metastatic castrate
prostate cancer treated in a randomized phase 2 trial*".
The purpose of this analysis from the phase II trial was to investigate
effects of tasquinimod on selected biomarkers to confirm preclinical findings
the mechanism of action. The results support an effect of tasquinimod on
immunomodulation and angiogenesis which positions tasquinimod as a
unique therapeutic approach with a mechanism of action that does not target
androgen receptor pathway.
The findings shall be further validated in the ongoing phase III
controlled study in men with bone-metastatic CRPC, which has been
powered to detect an OS improvement. The study will include about 1,200
in more than 250 centers. Recruitment is proceeding according to plan with
line results expected by the end of 2013.
For more detailed information, please see www.esmo.org. The presentation
available on Active Biotech's web site www.activebiotech.com.
* M.A. Carducci, A.J. Armstrong, M. Häggman, W.M. Stadler, J.R.
Assikis, J. A. Olsson, Ö. Nordle, G. Forsberg, R. Pili.
Tasquinimod has a pleiotropic mode of action which includes
anti-angiogenic and anti-metastatic activity. Today the development
tasquinimod is principally focused on the treatment of prostate cancer. It
announced in December 2009 that the primary endpoint of the Phase II
study, to show a higher fraction of patients with no disease progression
the six-month period of treatment using tasquinimod, had been met. Phase
results were published in Journal of Clinical Oncology in September 2011.
About tasquinimod phase II
A global clinical trial 2:1 randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind
II trial investigating up to 1 mg/day of TASQ versus placebo in 206
patients with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). The
endpoint defined as proportion of patients with disease progression at
months, was reached. The results showed that 6 month progression-
proportions for TASQ and placebo groups were 69% and 37%,
(p < .0001). The median progression free survival was 7.6 months for the
group, compared to 3.3 months for the placebo group (p=0.0042). TASQ
also had an effect on biomarkers relevant for prostate cancer progression
was generally well tolerated. Analysis of up to three years safety data from
Phase II study, presented at the EAU February 2012, show that treatment
effects were mild to moderate (~ 5% of AEs grade 3-4), manageable and
frequent after two months of therapy. The adverse events observed
gastrointestinal disorders, primarily observed initially during
fatigue and musculoskeletal pain. In June, 2012, overall survival (OS) data
presented at ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology).
About tasquinimod phase III
A global, pivotal, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III
of tasquinimod in patients with metastatic CRPC is ongoing. The aim of the
is to confirm tasquinimod's efficacy on the disease, with
Progression Free Survival (PFS) as the primary endpoint and overall survival
secondary endpoint. The study will include about 1,200 patients in more
250 clinics. Recruitment is proceeding according to plan and top line
expected by the end of 2013.
About Active Biotech
Active Biotech AB (NASDAQ OMX NORDIC: ACTI) is a biotechnology company
focus on autoimmune/inflammatory diseases and cancer. Projects in or
pivotal phase are laquinimod, an orally administered small molecule with
immunomodulatory properties for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, TASQ
prostate cancer as well as ANYARA for use in cancer targeted therapy,
of renal cell cancer. In addition, laquinimod is in Phase II development
Crohn's and Lupus. An additional project in clinical development is the
administered compound 57-57 for Systemic Sclerosis. Please
www.activebiotech.com for more information.
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