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May 14, 2014
Arno Therapeutics to Outline Two Phase I Studies Evaluating Onapristone in Men’s and Women’s Cancers at 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting
- Studies to determine recommended Phase II dose and safety profile of lead compound -
- Will analyze relationship of biomarker to any anti-tumor activity observed -
FLEMINGTON, NJ - May 14, 2014 - Arno Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: ARNI), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology therapeutics, today announced two, separate abstracts outlining the study designs of ongoing Phase I clinical trials evaluating its investigational lead compound onapristone to be presented at the upcoming 50th American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, being held May 30 – June 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Arno will present the objectives, methods and study designs for its two ongoing studies, a Phase I trial in women with progesterone receptor (PR) expressing tumors and a Phase I/II trial in men with advanced castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), who have failed treatment with abiraterone or enzalutamide. Each study is two-stage with an expansion component; the first stage evaluates dose selection and the second expands the number of patients at the determined recommended Phase II dose to confirm the safety profile and provide a preliminary assessment of anti-tumor activity. “The strategically-planned study designs of both trials enable us to advance the clinical evaluation of targeted therapy onapristone with the goal of determining the recommended Phase II dose and safety profile in the most efficient and effective means possible,” said Glenn Mattes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arno Therapeutics. “Perhaps even more importantly, we intend to analyze the relationship of the biomarker, that being the activated form of the progesterone receptor, to any anti-tumor activity that is observed. Earlier this year, we began actively enrolling patients in both trials and also began the development of a companion diagnostic for the selection of patients more likely to benefit from treatment with onapristone. We are encouraged by the significant potential of onapristone to be a first-in-class anti-progestin compound for oncology indications.” The designs, outlined below from the accepted abstracts, will be presented during two separate poster sessions:
A randomized, parallel-dose Phase I study of onapristone (ONA) in patients (pts) with progesterone receptor (PR)-expressing cancer i
A Phase I-II study of the type I progesterone receptor (PR) antagonist onapristone (ONA) in patients (pts) with advanced castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC)ii
Glenn Mattes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arno Therapeutics, said, "The abstracts accepted for poster presentation at this year's ASCO meeting are a testament to the strides we have made to advance our strategic clinical development plan for onapristone. We continue to actively enroll patients in two Phase I trials to evaluate this oral anti-progestin, which has the potential to be a first-in-class compound approved for oncology indications and provide chemotherapy-sparing treatment to cancer patients who express a specific biomarker. We are excited by the momentum generated thus far and look forward to discussing further at the Annual Meeting."
Onapristone is an oral anti-progestin that has been shown in previous Phase II clinical trials to exhibit anti-tumor activity in patients with breast cancer. In pre-clinical testing, onapristone has been shown to block the activation of the progesterone receptor (PR), which is believed to be a mechanism that inhibits the growth of breast, endometrial and other tumors driven by aberrant function of the PR. Tests for the activated form of the progesterone receptor (APR) have the potential to function as a biomarker of anti-progestin activity, as detected by a companion diagnostic currently under development.
About Arno Therapeutics
Arno Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative products for the treatment of cancer. Arno has exclusive worldwide rights to develop and market three innovative anti-cancer product candidates. These compounds are in clinical or preclinical development as product candidates to treat hematologic malignancies and solid tumors. For more information about the company, please visit www.arnothera.com.
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