Sarah Cannon May 22, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN, May 22, 2014 – Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) announced today that the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO®) has selected 74 abstracts authored by SCRI investigators for presentation at its 50th annual meeting. The meeting, which will be held in Chicago May 30 - June 3, brings together more than 25,000 oncology professionals from a broad range of specialties to discuss this year’s theme, “Science and Society.”

Accepted presentations from SCRI include 14 oral abstracts, of which six are in clinical science symposiums, as well as 21 poster highlights and 39 general posters. Additionally, 10 abstracts were selected for publication.

“Sharing the latest in cancer research, to discuss and debate the highlights with our oncology peers and to take the findings home for further study and improvement, is what makes the ASCO® Annual Meeting such an important forum,” said Dee Anna Smith, SCRI CEO. “Our growing contributions to this meeting demonstrate how our investigators are continuing to change the way cancer is treated by identifying more targeted and effective therapies for our patients.”During this meeting, David R. Spigel, MD, SCRI’s Director of Lung Cancer Research, will deliver an oral presentation highlighting the results from a pivotal Phase III randomized, multicenter, placebo-controlled, global trial evaluating onartuzumab + erlotinib versus erlotinib in previously treated stage IIIb or IV patients with non-small-cell metastatic lung cancer.

In addition, SCRI’s Chief Medical Officer, Howard A. Burris III, MD, will give an oral presentation on the Phase I study of DNIB0600A, an antibody-drug conjugate targeting NaPi2b in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer or platinum resistant ovarian cancer.

“Developing novel cancer therapies continues to be the focus of SCRI as we strive to meet the needs and improve the outcomes of our patients,” Burris said. “We are looking forward to sharing the latest information from many of our ongoing trials at ASCO® this year.”

Other SCRI investigators will present research updates at the annual meeting, including: Hendrik-Tobias Arkenau, MD, PhD, Todd M. Bauer, MD, Johanna C. Bendell, MD, Jesus G. Berdeja, MD, Ian W Flinn, MD, PhD, John D. Hainsworth, MD, Erika P. Hamilton, MD, Jeffrey R. Infante, MD, Andrew S. Kennedy, MD, Suzanne F. Jones, PharmD, Zeqiang Ma, PhD, Kent C. Shih, MD, and Denise A. Yardley, MD.Several of SCRI’s partnering investigators will also be contributing to the meeting from the following strategic research sites: Tennessee Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists, The Center for Blood and Cancer Disorders – Ft. Worth, and Oncology Hematology Care, Inc.

About Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) is a global strategic research organization focusing on advancing therapies for patients. It is one of the world’s leading clinical research programs, conducting community-based clinical trials in oncology and cardiology through affiliations with a network of more than 700 physicians in the United States and United Kingdom. Additionally, SCRI offers management, regulatory, and other research support services for drug development and industry sponsors and strategic investigator sites.