TUSTIN, CA, May 28, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPHM), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and viral infections, today announced new median progression-free survival (PFS) data of 7.4 months from a Phase II trial evaluating bavituximab in combination with docetaxel in refractory patients with advanced breast cancer. Best overall response rate from this trial was 61% (28 of 46 patients) with 11% (5 of 46) of the patients achieving a clinical complete response. These results compare favorably to data from a separate published study showing an objective response rate of 41% with no complete responses in a similar patient population receiving docetaxel alone. These Phase II data will be highlighted in a poster presentation on June 5, 2010 at the ASCO Annual Meeting.
"With promising breast cancer data in both front-line and refractory patients, as well as in different therapeutic combinations and indications, Peregrine's novel monoclonal antibodies offer broad-spectrum potential for the treatment of breast cancer and other solid tumors," commented Alison Stopeck, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, director of clinical breast cancer program at the Arizona Cancer Center. "New cancer therapies that reactivate and direct the patient's immune system are generating growing interest among cancer researchers and clinicians. Peregrine's antibodies are a unique approach to treating cancer, targeting the highly specific immunosuppressive molecule called phosphatidylserine to reactivate the immune system response."
Peregrine is planning to initiate a new registrational Phase IIb trial to evaluate bavituximab in combination with docetaxel in refractory non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients by mid-year. Bavituximab is a first-in-class phosphatidylserine (PS)-targeting monoclonal antibody that represents a new approach to treating cancer. PS is a highly immunosuppressive molecule usually located inside the membrane of healthy cells, but "flips" and becomes exposed on the outside of cells that line tumor blood vessels, creating a specific target for anti-cancer treatments. PS-targeting antibodies target and bind to PS and block this immunosuppressive signal, thereby enabling the immune system to recognize and fight the tumor.
"Bavituximab and docetaxel will be the combination therapy evaluated in our flagship trial, a registrational Phase IIb trial in refractory NSCLC patients expected to begin shortly, " said Steven W. King, president and CEO of Peregrine. "The growing body of clinical and preclinical research provides further evidence of the broad-spectrum potential of our monoclonal antibodies as we prepare to initiate our two new Phase IIb trials in NSCLC as we pursue our goal of developing novel therapeutic options for cancer. We expect our investigator-sponsored trials program to add a new dimension to our data set as researchers explore new therapeutic combinations and potential indications for bavituximab."
About the Phase II Trial In Peregrine's refractory advanced breast cancer Phase II trial assessing bavituximab in combination with docetaxel, objective tumor response was 61% (28 of 46 patients), with 11% (5 of 46) of the patients achieving a clinical complete response. Median PFS in the trial was 7.4 months and median overall survival will be reported once these data mature. These results compare favorably to data from a separate published study showing an objective response rate of 41% with no complete responses in a similar patient population receiving docetaxel alone.
Peregrine's multi-center, open-label Phase II breast cancer trial was primarily intended to assess overall response rates to bavituximab combined with a refractory patient standard of care chemotherapeutic agent docetaxel. Secondary objectives of the study included measuring progression free survival, duration of response, overall patient survival and safety parameters. Patients were evaluated regularly for tumor response according to RECIST criteria.
About Breast Cancer The World Health Organization reports that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is second only to lung cancer as a leading cause of female cancer deaths. The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 192,370 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and 40,170 women will die of the disease in the U.S. alone.
Poster at ASCO - Saturday, June 5, 2010, 2:00 - 6:00 pm CT Phase II study of bavituximab plus docetaxel in locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (Abstract #1042), Author: David Tabagari, Poster Board 22C, S Hall A2
Peregrine will also have a booth (#19114) for the duration of the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting.
For more information on the ASCO conference, visit http://chicago2010.asco.org/Home.aspx.
About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative monoclonal antibodies in development for the treatment of cancer and serious viral infections. The company is pursuing three separate clinical programs in cancer and HCV infection with its lead product candidates bavituximab and Cotara(R). Peregrine also has in-house manufacturing capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (www.avidbio.com), which provides development and biomanufacturing services for both Peregrine and outside customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at www.peregrineinc.com.
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