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June 13, 2014
17:53 EDTOMEDOncoMed says Phase 1 clinical trials of vantictumab put on partial hold by FDA
OncoMed Pharmaceuticals discussed the vantictumab and Fzd8-Fc Phase 1 Wnt pathway programs with the U.S. FDA. The FDA informed the company that a partial clinical hold has been placed on Phase 1 clinical trials of vantictumab until revised protocols have been submitted and concurred with. The company reported that, according to the FDA, this action is being taken in view of OncoMed's decision to voluntarily halt enrollment and dosing in the ongoing vantictumab Phase 1 trials. The FDA concurred with OncoMed's plan to continue dosing of a patient in the single-agent Phase 1a vantictumab clinical trial who has remained on treatment for greater than 700 days progression free without significant drug-related adverse effects. The FDA also concurred with OncoMed's plan to continue dosing a patient in the single-agent Phase 1a Fzd8-Fc clinical trial who has remained on treatment for greater than 390 days progression free without significant drug-related adverse effects. "As we announced this morning, we are analyzing the data in hand with the investigators and academic bone expert advisors to assess the adverse events observed in these trials and develop revised clinical trial protocols. Today's discussion with the FDA advanced the process to determine the best path forward. We remain committed to evaluating vantictumab and Fzd8-Fc as possible therapies for cancer patients," stated Paul J. Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed.
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July 16, 2014
08:32 EDTOMEDOncoMed initiates Phase 2 ALPINE trial of tarextumab
OncoMed Pharmaceuticals announced that patient dosing has begun in the randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2 portion of the company's "ALPINE", or Antibody therapy in first-Line Pancreatic cancer Investigating anti-Notch Efficacy and safety, clinical trial of its anti-Notch 2/3 cancer stem cell antibody, tarextumab, being studied for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Tarextumab is being tested in combination with Abraxane plus gemcitabine in patients with previously untreated stage IV pancreatic cancer. The ALPINE trial is being conducted at up to 30 sites in the U.S. and is expected to enroll approximately 124 patients. The Phase 2 clinical trial will compare the progression-free survival, or PFS, of 15 mg/kg tarextumab administered every two weeks versus placebo in combination with Abraxane plus gemcitabine in all patients. Additionally, PFS will be assessed using a predictive biomarker for high tumor Notch3 expression. Secondary and exploratory endpoints, including overall survival and overall response rate, pharmacokinetics, safety and other biomarkers, will also be evaluated.

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