REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq:OMED), a clinical-stage company developing novel therapeutics that target cancer stem cells (CSCs), or tumor-initiating cells, will present new data at the upcoming 19th European Hematology Association (EHA) Congress related to the company's anti-Notch1 (OMP-52M51) clinical-stage program.
At the EHA Congress, OncoMed will present the first data for its proprietary Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS) assay developed with MolecularMD (Portland, OR) to identify Notch1 mutation status in patients with certain hematologic malignancies. Notch1 mutations have been linked to more refractory lymphoid malignancies, such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), mantle cell lymphoma, and others, putting patients at greater risk for poor outcomes and reduced overall survival. OncoMed's Notch1 mutation biomarker assay is being developed as a companion diagnostic to identify patients whose cancer may be more likely to benefit from treatment with the company's anti-Notch1 antibody, OMP-52M51. OncoMed is currently conducting two separate Phase 1 clinical studies of its Notch1 targeting antibody in patients with certain advanced solid and hematologic tumors, respectively.
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