YM BioSciences Nimotuzumab Results Reported At SIOP Conference
No Complete Responses (CR) were observed. At week 8, a PR was reported in two patients, SD in six patients and Progressive Disease (PD) in 11 patients who were evaluable for response, resulting in a Clinical Benefit Rate (CR+PR+SD) of 18.2%. At week 18, one patient continued to have a PR and three patients continued with SD, giving an Overall Response Rate of 2.3%. The Median Duration of Response, Time to Progression, and Overall Survival were 2.1 months, 1.7 months and 3.2 months respectively.
Nimotuzumab is designated an Orphan Drug for adult and pediatric glioma by the FDA as well as the EMEA for Europe.
About Nimotuzumab: Nimotuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting EGFR with an enhanced side effect profile over currently marketed EGFR-targeting antibodies. Nimotuzumab reportedly has been approved in 27 countries and more than 15,500 patients have been treated with the drug to date in 35 countries.
Nimotuzumab is licensed to YM's majority-owned joint venture, CIMYM BioSciences Inc., for Western and Eastern Europe, North America and Japan, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Israel and certain Asian and African countries. The drug is currently being evaluated in several Phase II and III trials in these territories by various licensees of the drug.About YM BioSciences YM BioSciences Inc. is a drug development company advancing three products: CYT387, a small molecule, dual inhibitor of the JAK1/JAK2 kinases; nimotuzumab, an EGFR-targeting monoclonal antibody; and CYT997, a vascular disrupting agent (VDA). CYT387 is an orally administered inhibitor of both the JAK1 and JAK2 kinases, which have been implicated in a number of immune cell disorders including myeloproliferative neoplasms and inflammatory diseases as well as certain cancers. CYT387 is currently in a 166 patient Phase I/II trial in myelofibrosis that has completed enrollment, as well as a 60 patient Phase II BID trial that is recruiting patients. Nimotuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting EGFR with an enhanced side-effect profile over currently marketed EGFR-targeting antibodies. Nimotuzumab is being evaluated in numerous Phase II and III trials worldwide. CYT997 is an orally-available small molecule therapeutic with dual mechanisms of vascular disruption and cytotoxicity, and has completed a Phase II trial in glioblastoma multiforme. In addition to YM's three clinical stage products, the Company has several early-stage research programs underway with candidates from its library of novel compounds identified through internal research conducted at YM BioSciences Australia.
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