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BioMarin Initiates Phase 1/2 Trial for BMN 673 for the Treatment of Genetically-Defined Cancers

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 7:35am
Bio-Medicine.Org

NOVATO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) today announced the initiation of a Phase 1/2 trial for BMN 673, a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor in development for the treatment of genetically-defined cancers.  

"PARP inihibtors have been validated to show survival benefits in cancer patients with tumors that have defects in DNA repair or in combination with DNA damaging agents, and BMN 673 appears to have superior potency, selectivity, and bioavailability as compared to other products in development," said Hank Fuchs, Chief Medical Officer of BioMarin.  "There are many possible targets for PARP inhibitors, and we hope to identify which cancers are more susceptible to treatment with BMN 673 in the Phase 1/2 trial.  We remain intently focused on developing our R&D pipeline and look forward to many clinical milestones in the coming year."

The Phase 1/2 trial is an open-label study of once daily, orally administered BMN 673 in approximately 70 patients ages 18 and older with advanced or recurrent solid tumors.  The primary objective of the study is to establish the maximum tolerated dose of daily oral BMN 673.  The secondary objectives are to assess the safety, tolerability, preliminary efficacy and phatrmacodynamic activity of BMN 673, and to determine the pharmacokinetic profile and recommended Phase 2 dose.

About BioMarinBioMarin develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions. The company's product portfolio comprises four approved products and multiple clinical and pre-clinical product candidates. Approved products include Naglazyme® (galsulfase) for mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI), a product wholly developed and commercialized by BioMarin; Aldurazyme® (laronidase) for mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I), a produ

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