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TargeGen, Inc. Announces Initiation of Clinical Trial of JAK2 Inhibitor TG101348 in Myeloproliferative Disease Patients



2/1/2008 7:29:10 AM

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- TargeGen, Inc. today announced that the Company has started a multi-center Phase I/II clinical trial of TG101348, an oral, potent, and highly selective inhibitor of JAK2 in patients with myeloproliferative diseases.

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The V617F mutation of JAK2 is implicated in the pathogenesis of certain myeloproliferative diseases, including polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocytopenia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). In preclinical models of myeloproliferative diseases, TG101348, administered orally, was shown to reduce V617F-expressing cell populations in a dose-dependant manner without adversely impacting normal hematopoeisis. The reduction of V617F-expressing cell populations correlated with improved survival and reduced morbidity. There are no currently approved specific therapies for PV, ET and PMF. These disorders are estimated to affect approximately 200,000 patients in the United States and more than twice that total worldwide.

The current clinical trial is being conducted at multiple centers in the USA. The trial is expected to enroll between 40-80 patients. Primary goals of this open label dose escalating protocol include identification of a maximum tolerated dose (MTD), accumulation of safety data, measurement of drug effect on surrogate markers, biomarkers, and presumptive clinical endpoints.

About TargeGen, Inc.

TargeGen, Inc. is a privately held vascular biology-focused biopharmaceutical company based in San Diego, CA. TargeGen primarily develops small molecule kinase inhibitors that target vascular leakage (edema), vascular proliferation (angiogenesis) and inflammation. Edema, angiogenesis and inflammation are involved in the pathology of many major human diseases.

TargeGen initiated operations in 2002 and has raised capital from top tier venture capital sources. Current investors include VantagePoint Venture Partners, Forward Ventures, Enterprise Partners, Chicago Growth Partners, BB BIOTECH VENTURES, Innovis Investments, H&Q Capital Management, Pappas Ventures, CTI Life Sciences and other investors.



CONTACT: TargeGen, Inc., +1-858-678-0760, fax, +1-858-678-0160,
info@targegen.com

Web site: http://www.targegen.com/


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