ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EntreMed, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENMD), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, announced today the publication of an article by Ursula A. Matulonis, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, entitled "ENMD-2076, an Oral Inhibitor of Angiogenic and Proliferation Kinases, Has Activity in Recurrent, Platinum Resistant Ovarian Cancer," in the European Journal of Cancer.
The article reports findings of a clinical trial providing evidence that ENMD-2076 has activity in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, and observed toxicities were similar to other PO kinase inhibitors. Based on the findings, it is recommended that additional studies with ENMD-2076 are warranted, especially in combination with active chemotherapeutic agents in platinum-resistant patients.
The study which was an open-label single-arm Phase 2 study of a single agent ENMD-2076 taken daily orally (PO) had a total of 64 patients enrolled. The progression free survival rate (PFS) at 6 months was 22%, with a median time to progression of 3.6 months while median number of prior chemotherapy regimens was 2 months. The other co-authors of the article include clinical investigators from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, University of Colorado, and University of Chicago in the US as well as Princess Margaret Hospital and Campbell Family Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto, Canada.Dr. Matulonis, who is the medical director of Gynecologic Oncology at Dana-Farber, commented on the publication, "Epithelial ovarian cancer represents the 4 th leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. There is unmet medical needs to develop new drugs with fewer side effects and/or better efficacy to improve the quality and duration of life of the patients, especially those whose cancer is resistant to platinum treatment. ENMD-2076 is a novel small molecule kinase inhibitor with unique combination of mechanisms of action that involve inhibition of several pathways key to tumor growth and survival including angiogenesis, proliferation and the cell cycle. Based on pre-clinical and Phase 1 clinical studies of ENMD-2076, we believed that the drug candidate may play a role in fitting some of the unmet medical needs. This Phase 2 trial further demonstrates the anti-cancer activity of ENMD-2076 in yet a difficult to treat patient population of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer with tolerable side effects."