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Loxo Oncology Announces EMA Orphan Drug Designation Granted to LOXO-101 for Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcoma

STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Loxo Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOXO), a biopharmaceutical company innovating the development of highly selective medicines for patients with genetically defined cancers, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted the company orphan drug designation for LOXO-101 for treatment of patients with soft tissue sarcoma. Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers of the body's connective or supportive tissues, such as cartilage, fat, muscle, fibrous tissue, and blood vessels. The EMA grants orphan drug designation to support the development of medicines for underserved patient populations, or rare disorders, that affect no more than five in 10,000 individuals in the European Union (EU). Orphan drug designation provides to Loxo certain benefits, including protocol assistance, reduced fees for regulatory activities and up to ten years of market exclusivity in the EU upon marketing approval for the designated indication.

About LOXO-101

LOXO-101 is a potent, oral and selective investigational new drug in clinical development for the treatment of patients with cancers that harbor abnormalities involving the tropomyosin receptor kinases (TRKs). Growing research suggests that the NTRK genes, which encode for TRKs, can become abnormally fused to other genes, resulting in growth signals that can lead to cancer in many sites of the body. In an ongoing Phase 1 clinical trial, LOXO-101 has demonstrated encouraging preliminary efficacy. LOXO-101 is also being evaluated in a global Phase 2 multi-center basket trial in patients with solid tumors that harbor TRK gene fusions. For additional information about both the LOXO-101 clinical trials, please refer to www.clinicaltrials.gov. Interested patients and physicians can contact the Loxo Oncology Physician and Patient Clinical Trial Hotline at 1-855-NTRK-123.

About Loxo Oncology

Loxo Oncology is a biopharmaceutical company innovating the development of highly selective medicines for patients with genetically defined cancers. Our pipeline focuses on cancers that are uniquely dependent on single gene abnormalities, such that a single drug has the potential to treat the cancer with dramatic effect. We believe that the most selective, purpose-built medicines have the highest probability of maximally inhibiting the intended target, thereby delivering best-in-class disease control and safety. Our management team seeks out experienced industry partners, world-class scientific advisors and innovative clinical-regulatory approaches to deliver new cancer therapies to patients as quickly and efficiently as possible. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.loxooncology.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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Contacts for Loxo Oncology, Inc.

Company:
Jacob S. Van Naarden
Chief Business Officer
jake@loxooncology.com

Investors:
Peter Rahmer
The Trout Group, LLC
646-378-2973
prahmer@troutgroup.com

Media:
Dan Budwick
Pure Communications, Inc.
973-271-6085
dan@purecommunicationsinc.com

Source:Loxo Oncology, Inc.