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June 3, 2014
09:09 EDTCERUCerulean announces CRLX101 combination data presented at ASCO
Cerulean Pharma announced that three abstracts on its lead candidate, CRLX101, were included in the 2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting held in Chicago. An interim analysis of CRLX101 in combination with Avastin in a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial in patients with relapsed renal cell carcinoma, which was previously presented by Stephen Keefe, of the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in January, also was included in the ASCO Annual Meeting's electronic compendium of abstracts. This ongoing trial has shown that CRLX101 can be combined safely with Avastin, and preliminary outcomes suggest a clinical benefit in response rate and progression-free survival. The trial is being conducted at the Abramson Cancer Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The company said, "Collectively, these abstracts demonstrate the potential value of CRLX101 in combination with other cancer treatments across a range of cancers. We're working to advance CRLX101 in combination with other cancer treatments in all three indications, and we expect to launch a randomized trial in relapsed RCC this summer."
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December 17, 2014
08:30 EDTCERUCerulean announces first patient dosed with CRLX301 in Phase 1/2a trial
Cerulean Pharma announced that the first patient has been dosed with CRLX301 in Cerulean’s Phase 1/2a trial in patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies. CRLX301 is a nanoparticle-drug conjugate, or NDC, with a docetaxel payload, and it is the second clinical candidate from Cerulean’s Dynamic Tumor Targeting Platform.“CRLX301 was superior to docetaxel in seven of seven animal models, with a statistically significant survival benefit in five of those preclinical models,” said Paul Friedman, M.D., Executive Chairman of Cerulean. “We also saw preclinical tolerability that is consistent with our expectations of the platform -- specifically, improved tolerability relative to published data with docetaxel. We look forward to learning if these preclinical results will translate in the clinic.” This is the first clinical trial of CRLX301. The Phase 1/2a trial is commencing in Australia and is expected to expand to the U.S. The Phase 1 portion is a single-arm, open-label, dose-escalation study of CRLX301 in up to 36 patients with advanced solid tumor malignancies that is designed to identify the maximum tolerated dose and establish the recommended Phase 2 dose of CRLX301 when administered by intravenous infusion once every three weeks. The Phase 2a portion will be an expansion cohort that will enroll an additional 24 patients. The primary endpoints are pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability of CRLX301. Preliminary evidence of efficacy also will be evaluated.
December 15, 2014
09:04 EDTCERUCerulean completes enrollment in Phase 1b/2 study of CRLX101, Avastin
Cerulean Pharma announced completion of enrollment of 22 patients in a Phase 1b/2 clinical proof of principle trial of its lead nanoparticle-drug conjugate, CRLX101, in combination with Avastin in relapsed renal cell carcinoma. This study is an investigator-sponsored trial being conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital with support from Cerulean. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Stephen Keefe of the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. Data previously presented from the first 11 patients from this study showed a 27% response rate in a setting where standard of care historically provides only a 2-4% response rate. A 7.6 months median progression-free survival was observed, which is double the roughly 3.5 months PFS achieved by standard-of-care in this setting. Based on these data, Cerulean launched a company-sponsored randomized Phase 2 trial of CRLX101 in combination with Avastin in 3rd and 4th line RCC in August 2014, which is currently ongoing.

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