Eisai Presents 16 Papers Accepted for ASCO Annual Meeting Reporting the Latest Results from its Oncology Research
Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, President and CEO: Haruo Naito) announced today that results from 16 clinical data abstracts about compounds in the company's oncology pipeline and preclinical oncology research have been accepted for presentation at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), taking place in Chicago from May 30 to June 3, 2008.
A wide variety of abstracts on Eisai marketed products and investigational compounds will showcase research focused on metastatic breast cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, brain cancer, mesothelioma, pancreatic cancer, myelodysplastic syndromes and other types of cancer, as well as supportive care to aid those currently undergoing treatment for cancer.
“Eisai's commitment to oncology is clearly translating into substantial results in a growing pipeline,” said Haruo Naito. “Eisai's focus on becoming a global leader in oncology reflects our human health care mission to satisfy unmet medical needs and increase benefits to patients and their families.”
The following Eisai abstracts are accepted for presentation at this year's ASCO meeting.
Eisai began its oncology research program in 1987, discovering several small molecules that are in development as chemotherapeutic agents. In addition to its in-house oncology research and development (R&D) program, Eisai made three strategic acquisitions to establish a solid business infrastructure and enter the U.S. oncology market.
In October 2006, Eisai acquired four products mainly for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, as well as an oncology specialty sales force, from Ligand Pharmaceuticals. This provided Eisai with an initial commercial infrastructure for oncology products. The acquisition of Morphotek, Inc. in April 2007 added important antibody technology and an antibody pipeline. In January 2008, Eisai acquired MGI PHARMA, INC., an oncology and acute care-focused company, to broaden its R&D and commercial capabilities, pipeline and product portfolio in oncology and supportive care.
Eisai is committed to addressing the unmet medical needs of patients with cancer and deliver novel treatment options that create hope with them.
Corporate Communications Department
Eisai Co., Ltd.