Tasquinimod’s unique mode of action potentially attractive in multiple malignant tumors
Ipsen (Paris:IPN) (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced that it will shortly initiate a new phase II, proof-of-concept clinical trial with tasquinimod in a so-called umbrella study evaluating the compound in four different tumor types. The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of tasquinimod in advanced or metastatic hepato-cellular, ovarian, renal cell and gastric carcinomas in patients who have progressed after standard anti-tumor therapies.
Tasquinimod’s unique mode of action is highly relevant to target multiple malignant diseases beyond prostate cancer. The compound’s immunomodulatory and anti-angiogeneic properties are believed to be pertinent in addressing unmet medical need in a broad wealth of carcinomas.
The study is designed as a multi-center, open-label, early stopping design, proof of concept study. Tasquinimod clinical activity will be measured by the proportion of patients with progression free survival at pre-defined time-points.
In April 2011, Ipsen signed a broad co-development agreement with Active Biotech regarding tasquinimod. Active Biotech granted Ipsen the exclusive rights to commercialize tasquinimod worldwide, except for North and South America and Japan where Active Biotech retained all commercial and marketing rights. Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will co-develop tasquinimod for the treatment of cancer.
Tasquinimod has a distinct mode of action encompassing immunomodulatory, anti-angiogenic and anti-metastatic properties. Until today the development of tasquinimod was focused on the treatment of . Several clinical studies are currently ongoing:
Additionally, a previous , showed a higher fraction of patients with no disease progression during the six-month period of treatment using tasquinimod. These Phase II results were published in in September 2011. In , overall survival (OS) data was presented at ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology).
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