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Curis Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results And Provides CUDC-427 Development Update

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-- CUDC-427 Phase 1 Trial Placed on Partial Clinical Hold by FDA --

- - Company to Host Conference Call Today at 8:30 a.m. EST --

LEXINGTON, Mass., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Curis, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRIS), an oncology-focused company seeking to develop novel, targeted drug candidates for the treatment of human cancers, today provided an update on the Phase 1 clinical trial of its oral inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) antagonist, CUDC-427 and reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

CUDC-427 Phase 1 Study Clinical Trial Update

On November 5, 2013, the Company received written notification from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its Phase 1 study of CUDC-427 has been placed on partial clinical hold following the report of death of a patient who progressed to liver failure approximately one month following the discontinuation of CUDC-427 dosing. Under this partial clinical hold, new patients may not be enrolled in the study until Curis provides the FDA with requested additional data and analysis on patients treated with CUDC-427 and a proposed protocol amendment is submitted to and accepted by the FDA. The Company expects to respond to the FDA's requests for additional information and also plans to submit an amendment to the current protocol in a timely manner.

The current open-label, single-agent, dose escalation Phase 1 study of CUDC-427 was initiated in the third quarter of 2013 in patients with advanced and refractory solid tumors or lymphomas. The study was designed to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended single-agent Phase 2 dose of CUDC-427 using a continuous, twice-daily treatment schedule. One patient with breast cancer metastatic to the liver, lungs, bone and ovaries developed serious adverse events related to liver function, including increases in serum levels of AST and ALT enzymes and bilirubin. Unlike prior clinical experience with CUDC-427, this patient's liver enzyme levels did not recover in response to CUDC-427 discontinuation, and the patient died of liver failure approximately one month following the discontinuation of CUDC-427 dosing. While elevations in liver enzyme levels have previously occurred in patients receiving CUDC-427, no other patients in this or a prior Phase 1 CUDC-427 trial have experienced a serious adverse event of this nature. There are no patients currently being treated with CUDC-427 in this study as all other patients enrolled in this study have discontinued dosing due to disease progression or patient or physician discretion during the ordinary course of the study.

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