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Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a rapidly progressing cancer of the blood characterized by the uncontrolled proliferation of immature blast cells in the bone marrow. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society estimates that over 13,000 new cases of AML were diagnosed and approximately 9,000 deaths from AML occurred in the U.S. during 2007. AML is generally a disease of older adults, and the median age of a patient diagnosed with AML is about 67 years. A majority of elderly patients are not considered candidates for standard induction therapy or decline therapy, resulting in an acute need for new treatment options.
5-LO enzyme plays important role in the survival of leukaemic AML stem cells

5-LO enzyme plays important role in the survival of leukaemic AML stem cells

Despite improved therapy, only one out of every two adult patients survive acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). The mean survival time for this disease, which predominantly occurs in the elderly, is less than a year for patients over 65 years. It is assumed that leukaemic stem cells, which cannot be completely eliminated during treatment, are the origin of relapse. [More]
Researchers reproduce tumor chromosomal translocations in human cells

Researchers reproduce tumor chromosomal translocations in human cells

Scientists from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre and the Spanish National Cardiovascular Research Centre have been able to reproduce, for the first time in human cells, chromosomal translocations associated with two types of cancer: acute myeloid leukaemia and Ewing's sarcoma. [More]
Boehringer grants volasertib 'orphan drug designation' for treatment of patients with AML

Boehringer grants volasertib 'orphan drug designation' for treatment of patients with AML

Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Commission have granted volasertib* 'orphan drug designation' for the treatment of patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). [More]
Study: Pds5 proteins modulate behavior of cohesins to ensure proper division of cells

Study: Pds5 proteins modulate behavior of cohesins to ensure proper division of cells

Cohesins are protein complexes that join the two copies of each chromosome-called sister chromatids-to ensure that they are shared fairly between the daughter cells during cell division. In this way, each daughter cell receives exactly the same genetic information from the parent cell. [More]
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim's volasertib

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to Boehringer Ingelheim's volasertib

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the FDA has granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to volasertib, an investigational inhibitor of polo-like kinase, being evaluated for the treatment of patients aged 65 or older with previously untreated acute myeloid leukemia, ineligible for intensive remission induction therapy. [More]
p53 and cancer research: an interview with Professor Sir David Lane, Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

p53 and cancer research: an interview with Professor Sir David Lane, Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

P53 is a tumor suppressor gene. The gene encodes for a protein that monitors the state of the cell. If something goes wrong, it stops the cell from dividing or causes the cell to commit suicide. I call it the “guardian of the genome” as it is the molecule that seems to keep cells normal. It is one of our big defenses against cancer. [More]
Novel cell sorting enhancement to MoFlo Astrios platform to be introduced by Beckman Coulter Life Sciences at CYTO 2013

Novel cell sorting enhancement to MoFlo Astrios platform to be introduced by Beckman Coulter Life Sciences at CYTO 2013

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Boehringer Ingelheim receives FDA Priority Review for afatinib to treat EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC

Boehringer Ingelheim receives FDA Priority Review for afatinib to treat EGFR mutation-positive NSCLC

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that the New Drug Application (NDA) for its investigational oncology compound afatinib has been accepted for filing and granted Priority Review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). [More]
Preliminary results from Boehringer Ingelheim’s volasertib Phase II study on AML

Preliminary results from Boehringer Ingelheim’s volasertib Phase II study on AML

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported preliminary results from the randomized Phase II part of a Phase I/II study involving the company's investigational compound volasertib in newly diagnosed patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) considered ineligible for intensive remission induction therapy. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim announces new data from volasertib Phase I/II leukemia study

Boehringer Ingelheim announces new data from volasertib Phase I/II leukemia study

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that new data evaluating volasertib, an investigational polo-like kinase (Plk) inhibitor, will be presented at the 54th American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting taking place December 8-11 in Atlanta, Ga. [More]
EC approves Janssen’s DACOGEN for treatment of de novo acute myeloid leukaemia

EC approves Janssen’s DACOGEN for treatment of de novo acute myeloid leukaemia

Janssen-Cilag International NV announced today that the European Commission has approved the marketing authorisation for DACOGEN(decitabine) for the treatment of adult patients (age 65 years and above) with newly diagnosed de novo or secondary acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) classification, who are not candidates for standard induction chemotherapy. [More]
Boehringer Ingelheim files MAA with EMA for afatinib approval

Boehringer Ingelheim files MAA with EMA for afatinib approval

Today, Boehringer Ingelheim has announced the submission of a Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for approval of afatinib, the first irreversible ErbB Family Blocker, as a treatment for patients with EGFR (ErbB1) mutation positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Afatinib has demonstrated unprecedented efficacy versus chemotherapy in the Phase III LUX-Lung 3 registration trial, which provides pivotal support for this submission. [More]
Janssen-Cilag receives positive opinion from EMA CHMP for DACOGEN

Janssen-Cilag receives positive opinion from EMA CHMP for DACOGEN

Janssen-Cilag International NV announced today that the Committee for Medical Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted a positive opinion recommending approval of DACOGEN (decitabine) for Injection. [More]
The key to treating AML may lie within FTL3 gene mutations

The key to treating AML may lie within FTL3 gene mutations

The key to treating one of the most common types of human leukemia may lie within mutations in a gene called FLT3, according to new research led by physician-scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. [More]
Scientists identify potential drug target for mixed lineage leukaemia

Scientists identify potential drug target for mixed lineage leukaemia

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered a promising new approach to treat a type of myeloid leukaemia - a cancer with limited treatment options and relatively poor survival, according to research published in Cancer Cell today. [More]
Antidepressant could help the workings of anticancer drug used in leukemia

Antidepressant could help the workings of anticancer drug used in leukemia

The study by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research found that tranylcypromine (TCP) – which can be used to treat psychotic depressive states - can make cancer cells vulnerable to the effects of a vitamin A-derivative drug called ATRA. [More]
Cancer Research UK opens first AT9283 trial to treat childhood leukaemia

Cancer Research UK opens first AT9283 trial to treat childhood leukaemia

Cancer Research UK's Drug Development Office has opened the first trial of a new type of drug to treat children aged from six months to 18 years with acute leukaemia, who are no longer responding to treatment. [More]
'Pro-survival' protein inhibitors may improve outlook for AML patients

'Pro-survival' protein inhibitors may improve outlook for AML patients

Melbourne researchers have discovered that acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), an aggressive blood cancer with poor prognosis, may be susceptible to medications that target a protein called Mcl-1. [More]
Researchers identify genetic conspirators underlying acute myeloid leukaemia

Researchers identify genetic conspirators underlying acute myeloid leukaemia

Researchers have described how the most common gene mutation found in acute myeloid leukaemia starts the process of cancer development and how it can cooperate with a well-defined group of other mutations to cause full-blown leukaemia. [More]
Study: Antibody-directed chemotherapy may be effective for majority of younger AML sufferers

Study: Antibody-directed chemotherapy may be effective for majority of younger AML sufferers

Antibody-directed chemotherapy offers improved survival to particular sub-groups of leukaemia sufferers, a Cardiff University-led study has found. [More]