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Epicept announces start of phase IIb trial with brain tumour treatment

Posted on: 12/28/2010

Epicept announces start of phase IIb trial with brain tumour treatment

Posted on: Tue, 28 Dec 2010 08:06:32 EST

Symbols: MYRX

Dec 28, 2010 (M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) --

28 December 2010 - Stockholm-listed pharma company Epicept Corp (STO: EPCT) said today its US partner Myrexis Inc (NASDAQMYRX |PowerRating) has initiated a phase IIb clinical trial with brain tumour treatment Azixa.

The controlled two-arm study will compare Azixa in addition to standard of care with standard of care alone as a front-line treatment for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The trial will enrol up to 120 newly-diagnosed GBM patients in the USA and India.

Azixa, which is currently being tested in other phase II studies, is a vascular disruption agent that was discovered by Epicept as part of its anti-cancer screening apoptosis platform (ASAP). In December 2003, the company granted exclusive, worldwide development and commercialisation rights to its EP90745 series of apoptosis inducer compounds, including Azixa, to Myrexis. If a product from the series is commercialised, Epicept is entitled to milestone payments, license fees and royalty on sales.

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