AB Science Reports Phase 3 Study Results of Masitinib in Combination With Gemzar® for Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Published: Oct 31, 2012

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News: AB Science SA (NYSE Euronext - FR0010557264 - AB), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors, announced today the results from a phase 3 study evaluating the effect of masitinib in combination with Gemzar® (gemcitabine, Eli Lilly and Company) on overall survival (OS) in patients with pancreatic cancer. Briefly, masitinib in combination with Gemzar® significantly extended median OS by 6 and 2.7 months in two independent patient populations, representing 65% and 45% of the overall population; namely, patients with a genetic biomarker - collected from simple blood sample - indicative of aggressive disease progression, and patients with cancer pain. Pain intensity and the discovered genetic biomarker were shown to be of prognostic value for survival under Gemzar® alone and at the same time predictive of increased survival with masitinib in combination with Gemzar® for those patients identified as having a poor prognosis with Gemzar® alone.

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