CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Epizyme, Inc. (EPZM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company creating innovative personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers, today announced that an abstract on EPZ-6438 has been accepted for oral presentation at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Meeting on Lymphoma Biology, to be held August 10-13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The presentation will include findings characterizing the activity of EPZ-6438, a small molecule inhibitor of EZH2, in pre-clinical models of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), both as a single agent and in combination with NHL standards of care. The presentation will also highlight the early clinical experience from an ongoing Phase 1 study of EPZ-6438 (E7438) in patients with advanced malignancies, including NHL.
Activity of the EZH2 inhibitor EPZ-6438 (E7438) in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: Pre-clinical Models and Early Clinical Observations
Presenter: Robert A. Copeland, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Epizyme
Special Session: Novel Therapeutics for Lymphoma
Presentation Date and Time: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 4:00 PM
About EZH2 Cancers
EZH2 is a histone methyltransferase (HMT) that is increasingly understood to play a potentially oncogenic role in a number of cancers. These include germinal center (GCB) non-Hodgkin lymphomas, INI1-deficient cancers such as synovial sarcoma and malignant rhabdoid tumors, and a range of other solid tumors.
Epizyme and our partner Eisai are developing EPZ-6438, a small molecule inhibitor of EZH2 created with our proprietary product platform, for the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients who have an oncogenic (cancer-causing) point mutation in EZH2. In many human cancers, misregulated EZH2 enzyme activity results in misregulation of genes that control cell proliferation — without these control mechanisms, cancer cells are free to grow rapidly.
Epizyme granted Eisai a worldwide license to EPZ-6438 (Eisai refers to this therapeutic candidate as E7438), subject to Epizyme's right to opt in for co-development, co-commercialization and profit share arrangement with Eisai in the United States. Epizyme is working with Roche and Eisai to develop a companion diagnostic to identify patients with non-wild type EZH2, where EZH2 contains point mutations. Additional information about these partnerships may be found here: http://www.epizyme.com/about-us/partnerships/
In June 2013, Epizyme and its partner Eisai initiated a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of EPZ-6438 in patients with advanced solid tumors or with relapsed or refractory B-cell lymphoma. This program is currently in the dose escalation phase. The company believes EPZ-6438 is the second HMTi to enter human clinical development (following Epizyme's DOT1L inhibitor, EPZ-5676). Additional information about this program, including clinical trial information, may be found here: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01897571?term=7438&rank=1
About Epizyme, Inc.
Epizyme, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company creating personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined cancers. Epizyme has built a proprietary product platform that the company uses to create small molecule inhibitors of a 96-member class of enzymes known as histone methyltransferases, or HMTs. HMTs are part of the system of gene regulation, referred to as epigenetics, that controls gene expression. Genetic alterations can result in changes to the activity of HMTs, making them oncogenic (cancer-causing). By focusing on the genetic drivers of cancers, Epizyme's targeted science seeks to match the right medicines with the right patients for a personalized approach to cancer treatment.
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