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Phase 3 study shows Vectibix meets primary endpoint in patients with chemorefractory wild-type KRAS mCRC

Phase 3 study shows Vectibix meets primary endpoint in patients with chemorefractory wild-type KRAS mCRC

Amgen today announced that a Phase 3 study evaluating Vectibix (panitumumab) and best supportive care (BSC) met its primary endpoint, demonstrating a statistically significant improvement in overall survival (OS) in patients with chemorefractory wild-type KRAS (exon 2) metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) compared to those patients treated with BSC alone. [More]
NCCN ORP receives $2-million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim to facilitate studies of afatinib in NSCLC

NCCN ORP receives $2-million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim to facilitate studies of afatinib in NSCLC

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program (ORP) has been awarded a $2-million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop a program to evaluate scientifically targeted combination approaches with afatinib in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). [More]
Boehringer announces LUX-Lung 8 data that compares efficacy of afatinib, erlotinib in patients with advanced SCC

Boehringer announces LUX-Lung 8 data that compares efficacy of afatinib, erlotinib in patients with advanced SCC

Boehringer Ingelheim today announced overall survival (OS) results from the LUX-Lung 8 trial (NCT01523587) that directly compared the efficacy and safety of two EGFR-directed treatments, afatinib and erlotinib, in patients with advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung, progressing after treatment with first-line chemotherapy. Treatment with afatinib significantly reduced the risk of death by 19%, extending the survival of patients to a median of 7.9 months compared to 6.8 months on erlotinib. [More]
Clinical utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence in five studies to be presented at ASCO 2015

Clinical utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence in five studies to be presented at ASCO 2015

Caris Life Sciences, a leading biotechnology company focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced the presentation of data from five studies that demonstrate the clinical utility of Caris Molecular Intelligence®, the company's panomic comprehensive tumor profiling service, in helping to identify targeted treatment options for patients with rare and/or aggressive tumors. [More]
Mirati Therapeutics presents preliminary results of MGCD265 tyrosine kinase inhibitor at ASCO 2015

Mirati Therapeutics presents preliminary results of MGCD265 tyrosine kinase inhibitor at ASCO 2015

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. today presented data that demonstrated preliminary evidence of clinical activity from its investigational targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor candidate, MGCD265, as part of the developmental therapeutics category at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting being held in Chicago from May 29-June 2, 2015. [More]
Multiplatform biomarker analysis reveals new therapeutic options for squamous cell anal carcinomas

Multiplatform biomarker analysis reveals new therapeutic options for squamous cell anal carcinomas

While squamous cell anal carcinomas are rare, representing only about 2% of digestive-system cancer diagnoses, these cancers, which are associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), sometimes prove very difficult to treat, recurring or developing metastases following standard treatment. [More]
Overview of Blueprint Medicines' kinase drug discovery strategy published in JCI

Overview of Blueprint Medicines' kinase drug discovery strategy published in JCI

Blueprint Medicines today announced that the Journal of Clinical Investigation published an overview of the Company's kinase drug discovery and development strategy. The publication underscores Blueprint Medicines' focus on identifying novel genomically defined disease drivers and the use of novel chemistry from its proprietary compound library to craft highly selective kinase inhibitors for new and difficult-to-drug kinase targets. [More]
University of Washington receives PPMD grant to continue analysis of spectrin-like repeats in dystrophin

University of Washington receives PPMD grant to continue analysis of spectrin-like repeats in dystrophin

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne) awarded University of Washington a $148,000 grant to continue the functional analysis of spectrin-like repeats in dystrophin. [More]
Amgen's Vectibix (panitumumab) receives EC approval for treatment patients with WT RAS mCRC

Amgen's Vectibix (panitumumab) receives EC approval for treatment patients with WT RAS mCRC

Amgen today announced that the European Commission approved a new use of Vectibix (panitumumab) as first-line treatment in combination with FOLFIRI for the treatment of adult patients with wild-type (WT) RAS metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). [More]
Duke researchers demonstrate genetic therapeutic technique to treat DMD patients

Duke researchers demonstrate genetic therapeutic technique to treat DMD patients

Duke researchers have demonstrated a genetic therapeutic technique that has the potential to treat more than half of the patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). [More]
Rare and classic EGFR mutations have different impacts on NSCLC outcome

Rare and classic EGFR mutations have different impacts on NSCLC outcome

Certain rare epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations are associated with tobacco smoking, worse prognosis and poor response to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy compared to the more common "classical" EGFR mutations. [More]

EGFR–TKI response worse in NSCLC patients with rare EGFR mutations

In patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, rare epidermal growth factor receptor mutations are associated with a poorer response to EGFR–tyrosine kinase inhibitors compared with frequently occurring ones, according to a study published in Lung Cancer. [More]
Plasma EGFR mutation cfDNA predicts advanced lung cancer outcome

Plasma EGFR mutation cfDNA predicts advanced lung cancer outcome

Monitoring plasma cell-free DNA levels of epidermal growth factor receptor mutations may indicate prognosis for patients with lung adenocarcinoma after EGFR–tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, research suggests. [More]
Georgia Tech researchers unveil new version of genome annotation system

Georgia Tech researchers unveil new version of genome annotation system

Georgia Tech researchers, working with colleagues in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, have released a new version of a genome annotation system capable of analyzing more than 2,000 prokaryotic genomes per day, helping researchers accelerate prokaryotic genomics-based studies worldwide. [More]

Rare, complex EGFR mutations adversely affect EGFR–TKI treatment outcomes

Individuals with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer who have rare or complex epidermal growth factor receptor mutations have inferior outcomes in response to EGFR–tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment compared with those with common mutations, research indicates. [More]
First-line dacomitinib may improve advanced NSCLC survival

First-line dacomitinib may improve advanced NSCLC survival

Preliminary research suggests that the second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor dacomitinib may improve progression-free survival in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with epidermal growth factor receptor mutations. [More]
Researchers show that iPS cells can be used to edit genetic mutations that cause DMD

Researchers show that iPS cells can be used to edit genetic mutations that cause DMD

Researchers at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University, show that induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be used to correct genetic mutations that cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). [More]
OGT's new CytoSure Medical Research Exome Array to be launched at ASHG 2014

OGT's new CytoSure Medical Research Exome Array to be launched at ASHG 2014

Oxford Gene Technology, The Molecular Genetics Company, will launch its CytoSure Medical Research Exome Array at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics 2014, taking place in San Diego on October 18-22. [More]
Isis Pharmaceuticals provides update on Phase 2 clinical studies of ISIS-SMN Rx in children with SMA

Isis Pharmaceuticals provides update on Phase 2 clinical studies of ISIS-SMN Rx in children with SMA

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today provided an update on its ongoing open-label Phase 2 clinical studies of ISIS-SMN Rx in infants and children with spinal muscular atrophy at the 19th International World Muscle Society (WMS) Congress in Berlin, Germany. [More]
Survival benefits with erlotinib plus bevacizumab in EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

Survival benefits with erlotinib plus bevacizumab in EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

Combining erlotinib with bevacizumab could prolong progression-free survival in patients being treated for epidermal growth factor receptor-mutated non-small-cell lung cancer, phase II trial results suggest. [More]
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