Teva and OncoGenex to Present Data on Custirsen in Prostate Cancer at the 2011 ASCO Annual MeetingPre-Clinical Data Show Potential Combinability and Enhanced Anti-Tumor Activity With Two Different Agents
JERUSALEM & BOTHELL, WA and VANCOUVER, BC – May 19, 2011 – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) and OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: OGXI) announced today that data from three studies of their investigational compound custirsen (OGX-011/TV-1011) in castrate resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) will be presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago, June 3-7, 2011.
Custirsen is the only compound in development designed to inhibit the production of clusterin, a protein commonly over-produced in cancer cells and a potential cause of treatment resistance. Previous clinical data from the Phase II trials demonstrated that custirsen combined with docetaxel improved overall survival rates as well as durable pain palliation.
Findings from the two pre-clinical studies that will be presented demonstrate the clinical potential of custirsen combinability with anti-cancer agents in the treatment of prostate cancer. Additionally, an overview of the ongoing Phase III SYNERGY trial in metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients will be presented. The SYNERGY trial is one of three Phase III trials initiated under a global collaboration and license agreement between Teva and OncoGenex to develop and commercialize custirsen.
“Despite the advances made in the treatment of prostate cancer, overcoming treatment resistance remains a large unmet need,” said Professor Yitzhak Peterburg, Teva’s Group Vice President, Global Branded Products. “Teva and OncoGenex are encouraged by the new custirsen findings presented at ASCO this year, which are consistent with the benefits demonstrated by custirsen to date. We hope to further confirm these benefits in our ongoing Phase III program.”
Custirsen Data to be Presented:
- A pre-clinical evaluation of custirsen in combination with MDV3100 in a castrate resistant prostate cancer model will be presented (Translational Science Advancing AR Targeting in Prostate Cancer, Abstract #4502, June 4)
- The study showed a synergistic effect in combining custirsen and MDV3100, down-regulating androgen receptor levels and suppressing androgen-sensitive prostate cancer cell growth in vitro and in vivo
- At this time both custirsen and MDV3100 are being evaluated separately in Phase III trials for the treatment of mCRPC
- Another pre-clinical evaluation explored the potential for custirsen as an adjunct therapy to heat-shock protein 90 (Hsp90) inhibitors (Genitourinary Cancer poster session, Abstract #4573, June 5)
- Hsp90 inhibitors trigger the elevation of compensatory survival mechanisms that result in production of clusterin, leading to cancer cell survival and treatment resistance
- Results of this study showed that when an Hsp90 inhibitor was combined with custirsen, both agents work synergistically to inhibit tumor growth and prolong survival in mice
- Also being presented is an overview of the Phase III SYNERGY trial, an ongoing randomized, open-label, global multi-center study evaluating a survival benefit for custirsen in combination with first-line docetaxel treatment in approximately 800 men with mCRPC. SYNERGY is one of the two Phase III trials underway evaluating custirsen in the treatment of mCPRC. (Trials in Progress poster session, Abstract #TPS180, June 6).
Custirsen is the only compound currently in development designed to inhibit the production of clusterin, a protein commonly over-produced in cancer cells, and one cause of treatment resistance. In Phase II trials of patients with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), custirsen combined with docetaxel showed a 6.9 month improvement in overall survival over docetaxel alone. Additionally, 50 percent of patients experienced durable pain palliation for a duration of 12 weeks or longer. Unlike opioids or agents that target the androgen receptor, custirsen is mechanistically unique in its ability to impact pain responses via the regulation of NF-kB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) activity. This is a potential attribute that could contribute to custirsen’s clinical benefit in combination with numerous anti-cancer treatments.
Custirsen has received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic drug maker, with a global product portfolio of more than 1,450 molecules and a direct presence in about 60 countries. Teva’s branded businesses focus on neurological, respiratory and women’s health therapeutic areas as well as biologics. Teva’s leading innovative product, Copaxone®, is the number one prescribed treatment for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Teva employs approximately 40,000 people around the world and reached $16.1 billion in net sales in 2010.
About OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals
OncoGenex is a biopharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of new cancer therapies that address treatment resistance in cancer patients. OncoGenex has a diverse oncology pipeline, with each product candidate having a distinct mechanism of action and representing a unique opportunity for cancer drug development. OncoGenexandTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. have entered a global collaboration and license agreement to develop and commercialize OncoGenex’ lead drug candidate, custirsen. Custirsen is currently in Phase 3 clinical development as a treatment in men with metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer. The companies plan to begin Phase 3 development of custirsen in first-line treatment of advanced, unresectable non-small cell lung cancer in 2011. OGX-427 is in Phase 2 clinical development; and CSP-9222 and OGX-225 are currently in pre-clinical development.
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