Plexxikon Inc. Announces Combination Trials for Vemurafenib in Melanoma
6/2/2011 10:55:07 AM
Plexxikon Inc., a member of the Daiichi Sankyo Group, today announced new clinical trials in metastatic melanoma testing vemurafenib (PLX4032/RG7204) in combination with other state-of-the-art treatments, including an immunologic therapy and an investigational MEK inhibitor. Additionally, a new trial will test vemurafenib as a single agent in thyroid cancer patients who have the BRAF mutation. Vemurafenib targets the mutant BRAF protein, which is present in about half of melanomas, about 40-70 percent of thyroid cancer and about eight percent of all solid tumors.