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Genta Initiates new Clinical Trial of Tesetaxel, the Leading Oral Taxane in Clinical Development

Date Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2009

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Genta Incorporated has announced it has initiated a new clinical trial with tesetaxel, the latest addition to Genta’s oncology product portfolio. Unlike standard taxanes such as paclitaxel (Taxol®), which must be infused intravenously, tesetaxel is administered by mouth as a capsule.

The new study will examine the clinical pharmacology of the drug over a narrow dosing range around the established Phase 2 dose. As a late Phase 2 agent, the Company believes tesetaxel is the leading oral taxane currently in clinical development.

“Taxanes are the most widely used class of anticancer compounds,” commented Dr. Loretta M. Itri, Genta’s President, Pharmaceutical Development, and Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Itri added, “Successful development of an oral taxane has been a research goal that has eluded many pharmaceutical companies. Tesetaxel has already been tested in more than 250 patients with various types of cancer in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. By eliminating serious hypersensitivity infusion reactions, as well as potentially reducing nerve damage and overcoming resistance to standard taxanes, tesetaxel may offer important new treatment options for patients with advanced cancer.”

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