SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mateon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:MATN), a biopharmaceutical company developing vascular disrupting agents (VDAs) for the treatment of orphan oncology indications, today announced a collaboration under which sites affiliated with US Oncology Research will participate in the FOCUS Study, Mateon’s recently initiated phase 2/3 clinical trial in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.
“We are pleased to work with US Oncology Research, an outstanding organization that has had tremendous success in oncology-related clinical trials,” stated William D. Schwieterman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mateon. “US Oncology Research is selective regarding the studies in which it participates. So we are pleased they recognize the importance of developing CA4P for women with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer.”
US Oncology Research is a premier organization in the United States dedicated to bringing physicians, clinics and patients together for innovative cancer research in the community setting. One of the largest community-based oncology research programs in the U.S., US Oncology Research has nearly 150 affiliated locations as well as more than 900 affiliated investigators. The organization has played a role in the development of more than 60 FDA-approved cancer therapies, which represents about one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date, and manages about 300 active clinical trials at any given time.
“Inhibition of tumor-related angiogenesis provides an important therapeutic option for women with recurrent ovarian cancer,” stated Michael A. Bookman, M.D., Director, Gynecologic Oncology Research, US Oncology Research. “Strategies to combine Mateon’s CA4P, a novel vascular disrupting agent, with other agents, including bevacizumab, appear promising, and we are excited to offer our patients the opportunity to participate in this high-priority randomized trial.”
The FOCUS Study is a randomized, double-blind, 2-arm, parallel-group, phase 2/3 study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of physician’s choice chemotherapy (PCC) plus bevacizumab and CA4P versus PCC plus bevacizumab in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. The primary endpoint of the FOCUS Study is progression free survival (PFS). The Study will also evaluate CA4P's effect on objective response rate (ORR), overall survival (OS) and other parameters. For additional information on the FOCUS Study, please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov, study identifier NCT02641639.
About US Oncology Research
Supported by McKesson Specialty Health and The US Oncology Network, US Oncology Research draws from a network of experienced investigators and dedicated clinical staff who specialize in oncology clinical trials. US Oncology Research serves approximately 60 research sites and nearly 150 locations managing about 300 active trials at any given time. Physicians in the research network have enrolled approximately 63,500 patients in more than 1,500 trials since inception in 1992 and have played a role in more than 60 FDA-approved cancer therapies, about one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date. For more information visit www.usoncology.com/oncologists. To find a US Oncology Research trial or affiliated practice, visit www.usoncology.com/patients/find-clinical-trial.
Mateon Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company seeking to realize the full potential of vascular targeted therapy (VTT) in oncology. VTT includes vascular disrupting agents (VDAs) such as the investigational drugs that Mateon is developing, and anti-angiogenic agents (AAs), a number of which are FDA-approved and widely used in cancer treatment. These two approaches have distinct yet complementary mechanisms of action.
At Mateon, we believe that we can significantly improve cancer therapy by employing these two complementary approaches simultaneously. When utilized this way, VDAs obstruct existing blood vessels in the tumor leading to significant central tumor cell death while AAs prevent the formation of new tumor blood vessels.
Mateon is committed to leveraging our intellectual property and the product development expertise of our highly skilled management team to enable VTT to realize its true potential and to bring much-needed new therapies to cancer patients worldwide.
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