SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OXiGENE, Inc. (Nasdaq:OXGN), a clinical-stage, biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and eye diseases, announced today that clinical investigators have enrolled the first patient in a randomized Phase 2 trial of ZYBRESTAT in combination with bevacizumab in patients with relapsed ovarian cancer. The study, which is being conducted by investigators from the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), is expected to enroll approximately 105 patients with a primary endpoint of progression-free survival. OXiGENE expects results of the study to become available in early 2013.
"We believe that the combination of an anti-angiogenic agent with a vascular disrupting agent in the treatment of ovarian cancer has the potential to represent an entirely new treatment paradigm for patients with relapsed disease," said Bradley Monk, M.D., FACS, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Creighton University Hospital and lead investigator of the study."Patients with recurrent ovarian cancer have few therapeutic options, and ZYBRESTAT could become a valuable addition to current treatment modalities."
The study is being conducted under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for ZYBRESTAT and a CRADA with Genentech for the development of bevacizumab. The aim of the trial, sponsored by the NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, is to determine if the combination of ZYBRESTAT and bevacizumab will enhance anti-tumor effects and further delay tumor progression when compared to bevacizumab alone.
About the Gynecologic Oncology Group
The Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of promoting excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies. The GOG is committed to maintaining the highest standards in clinical trials development, execution, analysis and distribution of results. The GOG is one of the National Cancer Institute's funded cooperative groups. The GOG is the only group that focuses its research on women with pelvic malignancies, such as cancer of the ovary, uterus, and cervix. The GOG is multi-disciplinary in its approach to clinical trials, and includes gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, statisticians, basic scientists, quality of life experts, data managers, and administrative personnel.
About ZYBRESTAT (fosbretabulin)
ZYBRESTAT is being evaluated in a Phase 2 study of patients with non-small cell lung cancer and other clinical trials. OXiGENE believes that ZYBRESTAT is poised to become an important product in a novel class of small-molecule drug candidates called vascular disrupting agents. Through interaction with vascular endothelial cell cytoskeletal proteins, ZYBRESTAT selectively targets and collapses tumor vasculature, thereby depriving the tumor of oxygen and causing death of tumor cells. In clinical trials in solid tumors, ZYBRESTAT has demonstrated potent and selective activity against tumor vasculature, as well as clinical activity against anaplastic thyroid cancer, ovarian cancer and various other solid tumors.
OXiGENE is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics to treat cancer and eye diseases. The Company's major focus is developing vascular disrupting agents that selectively disrupt abnormal blood vessels associated with solid tumor progression and visual impairment. OXiGENE is dedicated to leveraging its intellectual property and therapeutic development expertise to bring life-extending and life-enhancing medicines to patients.
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Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any or all of the forward-looking statements in this press release, which include the timing of new clinical studies, the results of the proposed relapsed ovarian cancer study, and the efficacy of the ZYBRESTAT and bevacizumab combination may turn out to be wrong. Forward-looking statements can be affected by inaccurate assumptions OXiGENE might make or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the outcome of clinical studies and the availability of additional financing to continue development of ZYBRESTAT.
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