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New Mesothelioma Study Targeting Cancer Stem Cells Published By Verastem Scientists

June 1, 2014 – A new research study conducted by scientists at Verastem, Inc. and published in the Science Translational Medicine journal addresses effectiveness of cancer treatment drugs that target certain mesothelioma cancer stem cells. Specifically, the new study investigated the role of certain proteins in treating mesothelioma patients who lack the tumor suppressor merlin.  Approximately 50% of all mesothelioma patients suffer from merlin loss.

The Verastem study data indicates that certain protein inhibitor treatment (including focal adhesion kinase or FAK inhibitor treatment) may increase the effectiveness of certain cancer treatment drugs in individuals with mesothelioma cancer cells lacking merlin.  Verastem scientists focused their study on the compound VS-6063 which has been designed to target mesothelioma cancer stem cells through the use of a FAK protein inhibitor.  Read more about this groundbreaking research in our previous blog.

These latest findings lend support to the worldwide clinical trials of VS-6063 being conducted at clinical sites in over 12 countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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