Eisai co-developing cancer drug fueled by bacteria; U.S. trials launch soon

Tokyo's Anaeropharma Science is launching U.S. clinical trials as early as March for a new stomach cancer drug fueled by bacteria. The biotech is partnering with Japanese drug giant Eisai to bring the treatment to market, according to the Daily Yomiuri. Testing will involve 60 patients over 3 ½ years. Anaeropharma loads the drug with bifidobacteria, which helps the drug both reach and build up within its tumor target because it is drawn to environments lacking oxygen, just like solid tumors. An anticancer agent taken by mouth then selectively targets those tumors after reacting to the drug, according to the article. Story