FDA Approves Lixte Biotechnology’s IND to Conduct a Phase 1b/2 Trial of LB-100 in Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndrome at Moffitt Cancer Center

EAST SETAUKET, NY, Nov. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lixte Biotechnology Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: LIXT) announced that the FDA approved its IND to conduct a Phase 1b/2 trial of the safety and therapeutic benefit of Lixte’s lead clinical compound, LB-100, in patients with low and intermediate-1 risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who have failed or are intolerant of standard treatment. The study will be conducted at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL.

Dr. John S. Kovach, founder and CEO of Lixte, said, “We are very pleased to receive approval to proceed with a study of the potential benefit of our lead protein phosphatase 2A inhibitor, LB-100, in the treatment of refractory MDS to be conducted by the team at Moffitt, long-time leaders in this field. Low and intermediate-1 risk MDS are often characterized by failure to produce normal amounts of red blood cells, so that patients with this syndrome require frequent blood transfusions. Reduction in the number of transfusions needed by these patients is one major goal of therapy, and provides a readily assessable parameter of therapeutic benefit within a few months of initiating treatment. At present, there is only one drug, Revlimid (Celgene), approved for one subtype of MDS.”

About Lixte Biotechnology Holdings, Inc.

Lixte is a biotech company that identifies enzyme targets associated with serious common diseases and then designs novel compounds to attack those targets. Lixte's product pipeline is primarily focused on inhibitors of protein phosphatases, used alone and in combination with cytotoxic agents and immune checkpoint blockers.

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