Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: INFI) is observing National Blood Cancer Awareness Month, joining patients, healthcare providers and patient organizations in raising public awareness of blood cancers and the need for continued research for novel treatment options. In support of patients and their loved ones, Infinity is launching the Sparks of Inspiration campaign. Throughout the month of September, Infinity encourages the submission of stories along with photos or illustrations to honor friends, family members and loved ones affected by blood cancer. For each submission received, Infinity will make a donation of $10 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to blood cancers.
To learn more about Sparks of Inspiration and submit your tribute, please visit www.infi.com.
“We are grateful for the support from Infinity, which highlights our shared goal of advancing new treatment options for patients affected by blood cancers,” said John Walter, president and CEO of LLS. “Blood Cancer Awareness Month is the right platform to create a sense of urgency about the need to continue investing in lifesaving treatments and cures. As there are no means of prevention of or early detection for most blood cancers, we must focus on cures.”
“Infinity is committed to discovering and developing new medicines for patients with difficult-to-treat conditions, including blood cancers,” commented Pedro Santabarbara, M.D., Ph.D. chief medical officer at Infinity. “Through this campaign, we are honoring the courage and strength of patients with blood cancers and their families. We are pleased to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission of finding cures for blood cancers and improving the quality of life for patients and families.”Infinity is developing IPI-145, a potent, oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)-delta and PI3K-gamma, for the treatment of certain blood cancers. “Early Phase 1 data of IPI-145 has shown encouraging signs of clinical activity across a broad range of blood cancers. I am excited to be involved in ongoing trials of IPI-145 and look forward to further evaluation of this investigational drug,” said Ian Flinn, M.D., Ph.D., director, hematologic malignancies program, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, and an investigator for these clinical studies of IPI-145. “New targeted agents in development, such as IPI-145, have the potential not only to expand therapeutic options for patients but also to reduce or delay the need for chemotherapy.”