ARIAD Presents New Preclinical Data Showing AP26113 Inhibits Clinically Relevant Mutants of ALK and ROS1

  ARIAD Presents New Preclinical Data Showing AP26113 Inhibits Clinically
  Relevant Mutants of ALK and ROS1

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & WASHINGTON -- April 10, 2013

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARIA) today announced the presentation of
preclinical data on AP26113, an investigational inhibitor of anaplastic
lymphoma kinase (ALK), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and c-ros
oncogene 1 (ROS1), at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Annual Meeting 2013, in Washington. The study, “AP26113 possesses
pan-inhibitory activity versus crizotinib-resistant ALK mutants and oncogenic
ROS1 fusions,” shows that AP26113 inhibits clinically relevant
crizotinib-resistant ALK mutants and oncogenic ROS1 fusions recently
identified in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

The research conducted by ARIAD scientists was determined using cell lines
harboring crizotinib-resistant mutant forms of ALK and oncogenic ROS1 fusions,
tested in both in vitro studies and mouse-disease models.

“This preclinical research demonstrates that AP26113 inhibits all nine
clinically identified crizotinib-resistant ALK mutations, at plasma
concentrations we know to be clinically achievable,” said Timothy P. Clackson,
Ph.D., president of research and development and chief scientific officer at
ARIAD. “Some of these mutations were also shown to be resistant to additional
ALK inhibitors other than crizotinib. This supports the potential of AP26113
to offer a pan-ALK inhibitor profile.”

AP26113 was also shown to inhibit ROS1 fusions as potently as it inhibits ALK,
to retain activity against the gatekeeper mutation of ROS1, and to
substantially suppress the outgrowth of resistant ROS1 cells in a mutation
assay, all at clinically achievable plasma concentrations. These data suggest
that AP26113 may be able to avoid the emergence of drug-resistant mutants in
NSCLC patients with these oncogenic gene fusions.

About ARIAD

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts and
Lausanne, Switzerland, is an integrated global oncology company focused on
transforming the lives of cancer patients with breakthrough medicines. ARIAD
is working on new medicines to advance the treatment of various forms of
chronic and acute leukemia, lung cancer and other difficult-to-treat cancers.
ARIAD utilizes computational and structural approaches to design
small-molecule drugs that overcome resistance to existing cancer medicines.
For additional information, visit http://www.ariad.comor follow ARIAD on
Twitter (@ARIADPharm).

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ARIAD Pharmaceuticals
For Investors
Kendra Adams, 617-503-7028
Kendra.adams@ariad.com
or
For Media
Liza Heapes, 617-621-2315
Liza.heapes@ariad.com
 
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