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LLS's Lead Therapy Acceleration Program in MDS Gets Boost from Major Industry Licensing Agreement
Date:9/20/2012

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanks to support funding from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Onconova Therapeutics, Inc. has been advancing rigosertib, the lead compound under development for treating patients with high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). 

In an announcement made this week, European commercial rights for rigosertib have been licensed to Baxter International providing significant resources to advance the program toward U.S. and European regulatory review and ultimately to MDS patients.  Rigosertib is designed to inhibit critical pathways to the growth and survival of cancer cells. 

"Advancing new therapies in areas of unmet medical need such as MDS is the bow of the ship for LLS," said LLS President and CEO John Walter. "The Baxter/Onconova agreement highlights a successful outcome for the LLS Therapy Acceleration Program (TAP)."

LLS and Onconova first announced their collaboration in June 2010. LLS has committed to providing up to $12.5 million in funding to support an ongoing multicenter, randomized, clinical trial of rigosertib versus best supportive care in adult patients with MDS who have relapsed or become resistant to azacitidine or decitabine. Onconova has announced that, to date, trial enrollment has successfully surpassed the half-way point and there are now 80 trial sites activated around the globe.  Onconova is continuing to accrue patients for the clinical trial.

This partnership marks the first phase 3, approval-track clinical trial that LLS is supporting through TAP, a bold initiative designed to bring promising therapies to patients suffering from blood cancers more quickly.  LLS is taking an active role in accelerating development of novel therapies for patients and&#
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