Lopez stated, "We're delighted to finalize this agreement with NCI and believe it is an important affirmation of the strength of Riptide's research program. Our development team has already been working closely with NCI for several years, and NCI scientists have had an opportunity to test RP-182 in transgenic models of pancreatic tumors, with significant success. RP-182 strongly complements the effectiveness of chemotherapies such as gemcitabine, substantially arresting tumor growth and extending survival."
Lopez continued, "We believe that RP-182 will prove to be complementary to both conventional chemotherapies and emerging immunotherapies. RP-182 alters the balance of cell populations in the tumor microenvironment so as to become tumor-inhibiting rather than tumor-promoting. We think this approach has real potential to become the 'third leg' of a therapeutic tripod that currently includes chemotherapy and immunotherapy."
The National Cancer Institute's team on the RP-182 project comes from the Thoracic and Gastrointestinal Oncology Branch, in the Center for Cancer Research, Bethesda, Maryland. The NCI team is headed by Dr. Udo Rudloff (MD, PhD), a physician scientist with both research and patient-care responsibilities.
Dr. Rudloff stated, "The anti-cancer efficacy of RP-182 in combination with chemotherapy compares favorably to previous treatment modalities which were tested in similar transgenic animal models of pancreatic cancer, and which are currently either in clinical trials or have received regulatory approval for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. Our expectation and hope is to make such promising therapeutics available to patients afflicted by pancreatic cancer."
Riptide Bioscience, Inc., with laboratories in Vallejo, California, maintains an intensive program of research into peptide-based therapeutics.
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SOURCE Riptide Bioscience