Blast Off For Peregrine Pharma on Lung Cancer Update

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PPHM) is surging on news updating its non-small cell lung cancer trial. The company said that interim results were presented from its 121 patient randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase IIb trial in patients with refractory non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The blinded study evaluated two dose levels of bavituximab given with docetaxel versus docetaxel plus placebo (control arm). Today's rep[ort on the interim data showed a statistically significant improvement in overall survival and a doubling of median overall survival in the bavituximab-containing arms compared to the control arm.

Joseph Shan, vice president of clinical and regulatory affairs at Peregrine said, "The quality of this data gives us a solid foundation for designing a phase III trial with an increased probability of success. We are planning for an end-of-phase II meeting with the FDA as we plan to initiate this trial by mid-2013."

Peregrine shares are now up a monster 49% at $4.59 on more than 7 million shares as of 1:22 PM EST and the market capitalization rate here is a mere $355 million.


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