KOSAN REPORTS INTERIM RESULTS OF KOS-953 TRIALS

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Kosan Biosciences has reported interim results from two clinical trials of KOS-953, the company's proprietary formulation of the Hsp90 inhibitor 17-AAG. Data from a Phase I single-agent clinical trial and a Phase Ib combination trial of KOS-953 co-administered with bortezomib (Velcade) demonstrated early signs of anticancer activity and tolerability in patients with relapsed-refractory multiple myeloma.

Interim results of the Phase Ib combination trial of KOS-953 co-administered with bortezomib (BZ) in patients with relapsed-refractory multiple myeloma included data from 18 previously treated patients, 78 percent of whom were BZ-refractory and 67 percent of whom had failed transplantation.

The ongoing trial is a dose-escalation study designed to define the recommended Phase II dose of KOS-953 and BZ, and to evaluate the pharmacokinetics and biological activity of the two drugs in combination. Toxicity was primarily mild-to-moderate fatigue and gastrointestinal symptoms. No additive toxicity has been observed and no cardiovascular toxicity was noted.