6/3/2013 9:42:23 AM
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LEXINGTON, Mass., June 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Curis, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRIS), an oncology-focused company seeking to develop next generation targeted drug candidates for cancer treatment, today announced that Phase I data were presented during an oral session at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) 2013 annual meeting on the Company's clinical candidate CUDC-427 (previously GDC-0917), in patients with refractory cancers. In addition to demonstrating a favorable safety and pharmacokinetic profile, single agent CUDC-427 also showed preliminary signals of clinical activity; including unconfirmed complete responses in 2 patients. CUDC-427 is an oral, small molecule Smac mimetic drug candidate that triggers programmed cell death by selectively antagonizing inhibitor of apoptosis, or IAP, proteins in cancer cells. CUDC-427 was exclusively licensed from Genentech in November 2012, and the results reported were from the Phase I study conducted by Genentech.
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