"The results seen thus far with CA4P combined with pazopanib broaden and strengthen the body of evidence indicating that CA4P can be effectively used as a component of combination therapy for patients with solid tumors," said William D. Schwieterman, MD, OXiGENE's President and CEO. "We look forward to the continued results from this trial, and to advancing CA4P in combination with Avastin® in phase 2/3 studies in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer and glioblastoma multiforme in 2016."PAZOFOS is a randomized, controlled clinical study consisting of a phase 1b dose escalation portion (CA4P plus pazopanib) and a phase 2 portion comparing CA4P plus pazopanib versus pazopanib alone. The study is designed to enroll up to 128 patients at up to ten sites in the United Kingdom. The primary endpoint for the phase 2 portion is progression-free survival; secondary endpoints include safety, overall survival, objective response rate and relevant biomarkers. PAZOFOS is sponsored by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and coordinated by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Trials Coordination Unit (MAHSC-CTU) with additional support from The University of Manchester, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (part of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust). CA4P and pazopanib are being provided by OXiGENE and GlaxoSmithKline/Novartis, respectively. About CA4P CA4P (also known as fosbretabulin) is a vascular disrupting agent and is OXiGENE's lead investigational drug. CA4P exerts its anti-tumor effects by targeting an established tumor's immature endothelial cells within the tumor's blood vessels, compromising the tumor vasculature and leading to widespread ischemia and necrosis of the cells within the central core of the tumor. OXiGENE plans to advance CA4P in clinical development in combination with approved anti-angiogenic agents which prevent the growth of new tumor blood vessels. Following an extensive clinical review, OXiGENE recently announced its plans to focus on initiation of two late-stage clinical programs for CA4P in 2016. These planned programs combine CA4P with standard-of-care in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer and in glioblastoma multiforme. In addition to PAZOFOS, CA4P is also being evaluated in an ongoing study in neuroendocrine tumors.
About OXiGENEOXiGENE is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing vascular disrupting agents (VDAs) to treat cancer. VDAs selectively disrupt abnormal blood vessels that sustain tumors. The company's investigational drugs include CA4P, which is in development as a treatment for solid tumors, and OXi4503, which is in development for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). OXiGENE is dedicated to leveraging its intellectual property and therapeutic development expertise to bring life-extending and life-enhancing medicines to patients. Safe Harbor Statement This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this press release, which include the timing of advancement, outcomes, data and regulatory guidance relative to our clinical programs and achievement of our business and financing objectives may turn out to be wrong. Forward-looking statements can be affected by inaccurate assumptions OXiGENE might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the inherent risks of drug development, manufacturing and regulatory review, and the availability of additional financing to pursue and continue development of our programs. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements is contained in OXiGENE's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission, including OXiGENE's reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. However, OXiGENE undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise. Please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.
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