FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Margaret van Gilse
COVINGTON, KY, July 18, 2016- Bexion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (‘Bexion”) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Bexion’s application to initiate a First-in-Human Phase I clinical trial with BXQ-350 for the treatment of cancer.
This open-label trial will include adult patients with advanced solid tumors (including glioma, a type of brain cancer). The trial is designed to determine the maximum tolerated dose of BXQ-350 and to characterize its safety and pharmacokinetics. In pre-clinical animal studies, BXQ-350 was shown to induce tumor cell death in a variety of cancers, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
“We are very pleased to begin clinical development of BXQ-350 in patients with cancer,” stated Dr. Ray Takigiku, Founder and CEO of Bexion. “This major milestone validates the many years of tireless work by the Bexion team and its partners and the invaluable support of its investors. We look forward to working with FDA, patients and our clinical trial partners in progressing this important trial.”
In pre-clinical animal studies, Bexion’s first-in-class biologic, BXQ-350 has been shown to induce tumor cell death in a variety of cancers. BXQ-350 is a unique formulation of a synthetically produced, human lysosomal protein. BXQ-350 is a proprietary nanovesicle formulation comprised of Saposin C (sphingolipid activator protein, or SapC) and the phospholipid dioleoylphosphatidylserine (DOPS).
About Bexion Pharmaceuticals
Bexion Pharmaceuticals is a privately-held biotech company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative cures for cancer. Bexion’s first-in-class biologic, BXQ-350, has demonstrated selective tumor targeting with the potential for clinical efficacy in a broad range of cancers. In 2013 the NCI awarded Bexion a prestigious “Bridge Award” of $3MM to support testing of BXQ-350 in the clinic. In February 2015, the FDA granted Bexion Orphan Drug status for Saposin C, the active ingredient in its proprietary drug BXQ-350 for the potential treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of brain cancer. In June 2015, Bexion won a Tibbett’s Award by the Small Business Administration for exemplifying the very best in innovation.
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