President and CEO of Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Sanjeev Luther, to Present at the 11th Annual World Orphan Drug Congress USA 2021
CRANBURY, N.J., Aug. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Rafael" or the "Company"), a leader in the growing field of cancer metabolism-based therapeutics, announced that Sanjeev Luther, President and CEO, will present at the World Orphan Drug Congress taking place on August 25-27 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
"It's a distinct honor to share the knowledge we've accumulated in the time devimistat has moved from preclinical to Phase 3," Sanjeev Luther, President and CEO of Rafael Pharmaceuticals, said. "The World Orphan Drug Congress gathers the most passionate people in the rare disease space and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to both share and hear more about important advancements and perspectives from patients, advocates and other life science companies."
Presentation Details: Title: Leveraging Relationships in Ultra-rare Cancers: the laser-focused approach Date: Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021 Time: 3:55 p.m. ET
The presentation will include an overview of how Rafael focused on building relationships to shepherd forward CPI-613® (devimistat) for use in ultra-rare cancers with few patients and fewer therapeutic options.
About CPI-613® (devimistat) CPI-613® (devimistat) is a first-in-class clinical lead compound of Rafael, which targets enzymes that are involved in cancer cell energy metabolism and are located in the mitochondria of cancer cells. Devimistat is designed to target the mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, a process essential to tumor cell multiplication and survival, selectively in cancer cells. Devimistat substantially increases cellular stress and the sensitivity of cancer cells to a diverse range of chemotherapeutic agents. This synergy allows for potential combinations of devimistat with lower doses of these generally toxic drugs to be more effective with lower patient's side effects. Combination with devimistat represent a diverse range of opportunities to substantially improve patient's benefit in many different cancers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given Rafael approval to initiate pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials in pancreatic cancer (AVENGER 500) and acute myeloid leukemia (ARMADA 2000) and has designated devimistat as an orphan drug for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, peripheral T-cell lymphoma, Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Burkitt's lymphoma and biliary tract cancer. The EMA has granted orphan drug designation to devimistat for pancreatic cancer and acute myeloid leukemia.
About Rafael Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Rafael Pharmaceuticals is a leader in the growing field of cancer metabolism. The company is developing a new, first-in-class category of metabolic oncology therapeutics that attack hard-to-treat cancers by targeting the metabolic processes the disease needs to survive, grow and proliferate. Rafael Pharmaceuticals' lead compound, CPI-613® (devimistat), is a highly selective, well-tolerated and effective anti-cancer agent that is being evaluated in ongoing and completed Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials. Devimistat has been granted orphan drug status by the FDA for the treatment of pancreatic cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and Burkitt's, peripheral T-cell lymphomas and soft tissue sarcoma and biliary tract cancer. The Company's investors include Rafael Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RFL). On June 21, 2021, we announced that we have entered into a merger agreement with Rafael Holdings, Inc., to create a publicly traded late-stage clinical oncology company focused on cancer metabolism-based therapeutics. For more information, please visit www.rafaelpharma.com.
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