Biliary cancer drug candidate wins orphan drug designation from FDA

Cranbury, N.J.–based Rafael Pharmaceuticals has announced that its lead pipeline drug CPI-613 (devimistat) now has orphan drug status for biliary cancer.

The orphan designation extends the orphan drug status for devimistat, including pancreatic cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, Burkitt’s lymphoma, peripheral T-cell lymphomas, and soft tissue sarcoma.

The Europe Medicines Agency has granted orphan drug designation to devimistat for pancreatic cancer and acute myeloid leukemia.

“Biliary cancer is often identified as an advanced stage cancer and considered aggressive with only modest response to existing treatment options for patients,” said Dr. Vaibhav Sahai, an associate professor of medical oncology at The University of Michigan Medicine in a statement. “The orphan drug designation for devimistat showcases the importance of discovering these new treatment options,” added Sahai, who was the principal investigator in the Phase 1b/2 …

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