Plexxikon Inc. Advances Novel Targeted Treatment PLX3397 in Blood Cancer

Plexxikon Inc. Advances Novel Targeted Treatment PLX3397 in Blood Cancer

Berkeley, CA, December 12, 2011 -- Plexxikon Inc., a member of Daiichi Sankyo Group, today announced scientific findings from preclinical studies showing that treatment with a novel oral agent, PLX3397, selectively inhibited key cancer-driving Flt3 mutations that occur in 20-30 percent of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. In a preclinical model of AML, PLX3397 showed significant tumor regression. This preclinical work also showed that PLX3397 retained activity against certain drug-resistant forms of mutated Flt3 that can occur with other treatments. These scientific findings were presented during the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Conference, taking place December 10-13, 2011 in San Diego (Abstracts #764 and #3632). Plexxikon recently initiated a Phase 1/2 study in AML patients, further described at

Anthera Pharmaceuticals Completes Interim B-Cell Analysis of PEARL-SC Study

HAYWARD, Calif., Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANTH), a biopharmaceutical company developing drugs to treat serious diseases associated with inflammation, today announced positive interim biomarker data from the PEARL-SC phase 2b clinical study in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

After analysis by an independent statistician, data from the on-going PEARL-SC study indicate that weekly and monthly subcutaneous doses of blisibimod resulted in statistically significant reductions of B-cells.  Elevations in these B-cells have been associated with an increased risk of disease activity in lupus patients. These findings are consistent with data from previous clinical studies of blisibimod. The company remains blinded to primary efficacy data.

Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ANTH) Announces Last Patient Enrolled in PEARL-SC Study

HAYWARD, Calif., Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANTH), a biopharmaceutical company developing drugs to treat serious diseases associated with inflammation, today announced it has completed enrollment in the Phase 2b PEARL-SC study. PEARL-SC (A randomized, double-blind Phase 2b study to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of blisibimod administration in subjects with systemic lupus erythematosus) is examining the therapeutic benefit of weekly and monthly subcutaneous injections of blisibimod in patients with active and antibody positive systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The targeted number of five hundred and forty (540) patients has been randomized in 11 countries and 72 clinical sites worldwide.

Chimerix Announces Late-Breaker Presentation At 51st Interscience Conference On Antimicrobial Agents And Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Annual Meeting

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chimerix, Inc., a biotechnology company developing orally-available antiviral therapeutics, announced today that investigators will present preliminary data for CMX001 in a late-breaker presentation at the 51st Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC, Chicago – September 17-20).

Syndax Pharmaceutical's Positive Phase 2 Data Supports Potential For Entinostat In Advanced Breast Cancer

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage epigenetics oncology company, announced today that ENCORE 301, a randomized, placebo-controlled phase 2 study of exemestane with and without entinostat hit its primary endpoint of an improvement in progression-free survival (PFS).  The study showed that patients who received entinostat, a novel, oral small molecule inhibitor of class I histone deacetylases, with the hormone therapy exemestane, lived longer without their disease getting worse than people who received exemestane alone.   Safety and efficacy results from the trial will be presented in a poster and an oral presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Breast Cancer Symposium 2011 in San Francisco, CA this week.

CoLucid Pharmaceuticals Raises $7.5 Million of Planned $9.5 Million

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has raised $7.5 million of a planned $9.5 million convertible note financing from its existing investors to support further late stage development of lasmiditan.  Participating in the financing were Pappas Ventures, Domain Associates, Care Capital, Pearl Street Venture Funds and Triathlon Medical Ventures.

Achillion Initiates 12-Week Dosing in Phase 2 Trial of ACH-1625 for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C

NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACHN) today announced that the Company has initiated patient dosing in segment 2 of its Phase 2 clinical trial of ACH-1625 for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) for genotype 1 treatment naïve HCV-infected patients. ACH-1625, discovered and advanced by Achillion, is a potent small molecule inhibitor of HCV protease, an enzyme necessary for viral replication.

Achillion Announces Positive RVR Results With ACH-1625 to Treat Chronic Hepatitis C

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 30, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:ACHN) today announced top-line results from its on-going Phase 2a clinical trial of ACH-1625 dosed once daily (QD) in combination with Pegasys® (peginterferon alfa-2a) and Copegus® (ribavirin), a current standard of care (SOC) in patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection. The analysis demonstrated that 75-81% of patients receiving ACH-1625 achieved rapid virologic response (RVR) with a promising safety and tolerability profile. ACH-1625 is an inhibitor of HCV NS3 protease that was discovered by and is being developed by Achillion.