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OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Initiates First Phase 1b Clinical Trial of First-in-Class WNT-Pathway-Targeting Antibody Vantictumab (OMP-18R5) With Paclitaxel in Breast Cancer  
10/29/2013 9:36:35 AM

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMED), a clinical-stage company developing novel therapeutics that target cancer stem cells (CSCs), or tumor-initiating cells, today announced that it has started a multi-center Phase 1b clinical trial of its first-in-class Wnt-pathway-targeting antibody vantictumab (OMP-18R5) with paclitaxel in breast cancer. This trial is the first of three Phase 1b trials for vantictumab that OncoMed expects to initiate this year as part of OncoMed's collaboration with Bayer Pharma AG. Interim results for the single-agent first-in-human Phase 1a trial for vantictumab in solid tumor patients were recently reported at the 2013 European Cancer Congress (ECC 2013) in Amsterdam, NL in September 2013. Additionally, vantictumab clinical biomarker data from the Phase 1a trial were presented at the AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Boston, MA in October 2013.

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