ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: RNN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative, targeted therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, will present preliminary safety and efficacy data from the ongoing Phase 2a clinical trial of RX-3117 in combination with Abraxane® in patients newly diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer at the 5th NCI Pancreatic Cancer Symposium to be held October 2-3, 2018 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference is being organized by the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Pancreatic Cancer Interest Group and The University Medical Center, Göttingen, Germany. The poster presentation is as follows:
Title: RX-3117, A Novel, Oral Nucleoside Analog, in Combination with Nab-Paclitaxel (nab-pac) in First-line Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer (met-PC): Safety, Tolerability and Preliminary Responses
Session Date and Time: Tuesday, October 2, 2018; 2:35–3:20 p.m. EDT
Authors: Hani M. Babiker, Peter J. Schlegel, Allyson J. Ocean, and Rexahn Pharmaceuticals.
A copy of the poster being presented will be available on the Company's website at https://rexahn.com/cms/media-center/publication/posters/ beginning at 8:00 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.
RX-3117 is a novel, investigational, oral, small molecule nucleoside compound. Once intracellularly activated (phosphorylated) by UCK2, it is incorporated into the DNA or RNA of cells and inhibits both DNA and RNA synthesis, which induces apoptotic cell death of tumor cells. Because UCK2 is overexpressed in multiple human tumors, but has a very limited presence in normal tissues, RX-3117 offers the potential for a targeted anti-cancer therapy with an improved efficacy and safety profile. RX-3117 is currently being studied in a Phase 2a clinical trial in in combination with Abraxane® (nab-paclitaxel) in first line metastatic pancreatic patients and a Phase 2a clinical trial in patients with advanced or metastatic bladder cancer. It has received Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Additional information on RX-3117 can be found at: https://rexahn.com/cms/portfolio/rx-3117/.
About Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Rexahn Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NYSE American:RNN) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing novel, targeted therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. The company's mission is to improve the lives of cancer patients by developing next-generation cancer therapies that are designed to maximize efficacy while minimizing the toxicity and side effects traditionally associated with cancer treatment. Rexahn's product candidates work by targeting and neutralizing specific proteins believed to be involved in the complex biological cascade that leads to cancer cell growth. Preclinical studies show that certain of Rexahn's product candidates may be effective against multiple types of cancer, including drug resistant cancers, and difficult-to-treat cancers, and others may augment the effectiveness of current FDA-approved cancer treatments. The company has two oncology product candidates, RX-3117 and RX-5902, in Phase 2 clinical development and additional compounds in preclinical development including RX-0201. For more information about the Company and its oncology programs, please visit www.rexahn.com.
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