Oxigene Receives Fast Track Designation From U.S. FDA for CA4P

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OXiGENE, Inc. (Nasdaq:OXGN), a biopharmaceutical company developing vascular disrupting agents (VDAs) for the treatment of cancer, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to CA4P for the treatment of platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. Companies with Fast Track designation are able to benefit from more frequent meetings and communications with the FDA regarding development plans to support product registration, and may also be eligible for priority review of New Drug Applications, which shortens FDA’s standard review timeline.

“The FDA’s granting of Fast Track status to CA4P is a significant acknowledgement of the potential for CA4P to provide a new and better treatment option for women with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer,” stated William D. Schwieterman, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of OXiGENE. “I am pleased that we now have the opportunity to work closely with FDA to expedite our CA4P development program in ovarian cancer, as we seek to bring this promising product candidate to patients.”

OXiGENE’s Fast Track application included data showing that CA4P is a novel investigational agent that has been shown in a randomized controlled trial to provide improved response rates and improved progression-free survival to patients with recurrent ovarian cancer when used in combination with bevacizumab (combination anti-vascular therapy) compared to bevacizumab alone, outcomes which were especially prominent in a subgroup of patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer. 


OXiGENE is a biopharmaceutical company seeking to realize the full potential of vascular targeted therapy in oncology. Vascular targeted therapy includes vascular disrupting agents, or VDAs, such as the investigational drugs that OXiGENE is developing, and anti-angiogenic agents, or AAs, a number of which are approved and widely used in oncology indications.

OXiGENE’s VDAs selectively obstruct a tumor’s blood supply without obstructing the blood supply to normal tissues, and treatment with our VDAs has been shown to lead to significant central tumor necrosis. The company believes that the treatment of cancer would be significantly improved if VDAs and AAs are used together, due to their complementary mechanisms of action. In combination, the VDA would occlude the blood vessels in the interior of a tumor while the AA would prevent the formation of new tumor blood vessels.

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