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July 23, 2009
Arno Therapeutics Announces Enrollment of First Patient in Phase II Study of AR-67 (formerly DB-67) in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome
PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 23, 2009 -- Arno Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology therapeutics, today announced the dosing of the first patient in a Phase II clinical study of AR-67 in adult patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) who have failed prior therapies. MDS is a group of pre-malignant blood disorders marked by abnormal production of blood cells by the bone marrow.
The Phase II, open-label, single-arm study is designed to evaluate the efficacy of AR- 67, dosed intravenously for five days over four cycles or approximately 16 weeks. Up to 25 patients are expected to be enrolled in this clinical trial, which is being conducted at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), in Houston, Texas. The primary objective of the Phase II study is to determine the response rate of AR-67 in patients with MDS. Secondary objectives include evaluation of the safety, response duration and disease-free survival of patients with MDS treated with AR-67.
“We are excited about the enrollment of the first patient at MDACC in this study of AR-67 for patients with MDS who have failed prior hypomethylating agents. Topoisomerase I inhibitors have previously shown clinical activity in this disease, and the improved stability of the active lactone metabolite of AR-67, I believe offers the opportunity for AR-67 to fill this unmet medical need in the treatment of MDS,” stated Principal Investigator, Dr. Jorge Cortes, Professor of Medicine and Deputy Chair in the Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine at MDACC.
“Based upon the encouraging clinical activity, safety profile and pharmacokinetic characteristics observed in the Phase I trial of AR-67, we are pleased to advance AR- 67 into this Phase II trial in MDS, which represents a significant milestone for Arno,” stated Dr. Arie Belldegrun, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arno Therapeutics.
AR-67 is a novel, third-generation camptothecin analogue that inhibits Topoisomerase I activity. AR-67 has demonstrated activity and an excellent safety profile in clinical studies as well as improved pharmacokinetic properties such as increased stability of the active lactone form of AR-67 in blood when compared to approved second-generation products Hycamtin® (Topotecan) and Camptosar® (Irinotecan). Arno has completed a Phase I single agent, clinical study of AR-67 in patients with advanced solid tumors. A separate Phase II study is planned for initiation during 2009 in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a highly aggressive form of brain cancer.
About Arno Therapeutics
Arno Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes innovative products for the treatment of cancer patients. In addition to AR-67, Arno is developing two additional drug candidates. The first, AR- 12, is a potential first-in-class, orally available PDK1 inhibitor that blocks the PI3K/Akt pathway and induces autophagy and the endoplasmic reticulum stress pathway. Arno’s investigational new drug application (IND) for AR-12 was accepted by the FDA in the second quarter of 2009. The other, AR-42, is an orally available targeted Pan-HDAC inhibitor for which Arno had an IND accepted by the FDA in the first quarter of 2009.
For more information on Arno please visit www.arnothera.com.
Brian Lenz, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Arno Therapeutics, Inc.
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