Rexahn (RNN) Enters Pact with Merck (MRK) to Evaluate RX-5902 in combination with KEYTRUDA for Triple Negative Breast Cancer

August 21, 2018 8:07 AM EDT
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Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: RNN), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative, targeted therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, today announced that it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) to evaluate the combination of Rexahn’s RX-5902 and Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy, KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in a Phase 2 trial in patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer (TNBC).

“Rexahn is excited to announce this collaboration with Merck, an established leader in the field of immuno-oncology,” said Peter D. Suzdak, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Rexahn. “RX-5902 has both antitumor and immune-modulatory effects and augments the efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors in animal models. Based on the mechanism of action of RX-5902 and our observations in preclinical studies, we are optimistic that the combination of RX-5902 with KEYTRUDA may provide meaningful clinical benefit in patients with metastatic triple negative breast cancer – a cancer that is notoriously difficult to treat”.

The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the combination of RX-5902 and KEYTRUDA in patients with metastatic TNBC who have progressed following at least one prior treatment. Under the terms of the agreement, Rexahn will sponsor the RX-5902 and KEYTRUDA study.

KEYTRUDA® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA.

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