OncoMed commences third Phase 1b clinical trial for OMP-54F28 OncoMed Pharmaceuticals (OMED) announced the initiation of patient treatment for its third multi-center Phase 1b clinical trial of OMP-54F28 with carboplatin and paclitaxel in patients with platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. OMP-54F28 is a first-in-class decoy receptor targeting the Wnt pathway and is part of OncoMed's collaboration with Bayer Pharma AG (BAYRY). The Phase 1b clinical trial of OMP-54F28 in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel is a dose-escalation study in patients with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer. Primary objectives of the trial are to evaluate safety of this combination regimen and determine a recommended Phase 2 dose for OMP-54F28 in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel. Key secondary and exploratory objectives include evaluation of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of OMP-54F28, as well as the efficacy of this combination. Tumor tissue from patients will be used to explore predictive biomarker hypotheses related to the efficacy of OMP-54F28.
Bayer says not looking to sell crop chemicals business, Reuters reports Bayer (BAYRY) says its Bayer CropScience unit is an "integral part" of the company and that the division is not for sale, Reuters reports. Bayer's comments come after Monsanto (MON) executives said that it is in internal discussions about tie-ups in the industry. Reference Link