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March 26, 2013
11:40 EDTTHLD, ZIOPThreshold higher after Ziopharm terminates STS drug development
Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD) shares are trading higher today after rival cancer drug discovery company Ziopharm (ZIOP) terminated its development of palifosfamide. WHAT'S NEW: Earlier today, Ziopharm announced that its Phase 3 trial of palifosfamide for the treatment of metastatic soft tissue sarcoma, or STS, in the first-line setting did not meet its primary endpoint of progression-free survival. Like Ziopharm, Threshold focuses on the discovery and development of cancer therapeutics and is also in the process of evaluating a drug to treat patients with soft tissue sarcoma with its development of TH-302. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Threshold's TH-302 is currently under evaluation in two Phase 3 trials: one in combination with doxorubicin versus doxorubicin alone in patients with soft tissue sarcoma and the other in combination with gemcitabine versus gemcitabine and placebo in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Both Phase 3 trials are being conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: Shares of Threshold Pharmaceuticals are up 11c, or 2.3% to $4.90 in late morning trading. Meanwhile, shares of Ziopharm, which were downgraded by at least four analyst firms after its announcement, plunged 62% to $1.94.
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July 22, 2014
07:15 EDTZIOPZiopharm announces expansion of oncology programs with Intrexon
Ziopharm (ZIOP) announced the expansion of synthetic immuno-oncology programs in conjunction with Intrexon (XON) to include chimeric antigen receptor T-cell, or CAR-T, therapy. Additionally the company has provided an update on its development efforts with the proprietary RheoSwitch Therapeutic System, or RTS, platform, an inducible regulator for expression of therapeutic molecules through administration of an oral activator ligand, as well as its clinical program with Ad-RTS-IL-12, a novel DNA-based therapeutic candidate for the controlled expression of IL-12. CAR-T cells represent an emerging, high value immunological therapy that can target and destroy cancer cells displaying "personalized" fingerprints, yet current approaches feature challenges associated with toxicity, off-target effects, and uneconomical manufacturing. Intrexon possesses the integrated technology platforms, molecular engineering, systems biology, and cell engineering capabilities required to overcome these challenges and fully realize the potential of CAR]T cell therapies. Most significantly, utilization of the RTS platform will facilitate exquisite regulation of one or more bioeffectors in CAR-T cells enabling physicians to control systemic effects of cell therapies with an appropriate dosing regimen of the oral activator ligand, and eventually bring about improved safety and efficacy of these and related therapeutic strategies. Further preclinical work is underway in this promising area of study, and ZIOPHARM and Intrexon expect to provide a progress update in the second half of 2014.
July 9, 2014
07:10 EDTTHLDThreshold Pharmaceuticals initiates dosing with TBorD in Phase 1/2 trial
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