August 05, 2009 10:00 ET

Lorus Therapeutics Announces Allowance of Patent for LOR-2040 in Japan

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2009) - Lorus Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:LOR)("Lorus"), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the research and development of pharmaceutical products and technologies for the management of cancer, today announced the allowance of a patent from the Japan Patent Office for its lead clinical-stage drug LOR-2040.

The Japanese patent protects LOR-2040 composition and its use in the treatment of cancer. Specific cancer types in the patent include leukemia as well as solid tumors such as breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate and lung cancers. This is Lorus' first patent for LOR-2040 in Japan. Patents for LOR-2040 have previously been issued in a number of countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and China.

According to the Japanese National Cancer Center, cancer represents the leading cause of death in Japan, with around 330,000 patient fatalities each year. In addition, 590,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year. With an estimated $5 billion in annual sales, Japan is the third largest market for cancer drugs, after the US and Europe, and it accounts for approximately 11% of worldwide oncology sales.

Currently, LOR-2040 is being tested in combination with high dose cytarabine in a Phase II clinical study in patients with relapsed or refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), and as a single agent in a Phase I trial in acute leukemias and high-grade myelodysplastic syndrome. Lorus has also recently completed a series of U.S. NCI-sponsored clinical studies in AML as well as in solid tumor indications, including prostate, non-small cell lung, and breast cancers.

"International patent protection is essential for our partnering efforts and further enhances the commercial value of this drug", said Dr. Aiping Young, Lorus' President and CEO. "This new patent adds to our strong IP portfolio for LOR-2040, and should open up additional opportunities for Lorus in Japan".

About LOR-2040

LOR-2040 is an RNA-targeted drug that specifically targets the R2 component of ribonucleotide reductase, which is required for DNA synthesis and cell proliferation. Through downregulation of R2, LOR-2040 has demonstrated strong antitumor and antimetastatic activity in a variety of tumor types in both in vitro and in vivo models and is under study in a multiple Phase I/II clinical program, including an advanced Phase II clinical trial with LOR-2040 and high dose Ara-C (HiDAC) in refractory and relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The R2 target has been described as a malignant determinant that is elevated in a wide range of tumor types, which can cooperate with a variety of cellular cancer causing genes known as oncogenes to enhance tumor growth and metastatic potential.

About Lorus

Lorus is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research and development of novel therapeutics in cancer. Lorus' goal is to capitalize on its research, preclinical, clinical and regulatory expertise by developing new drug candidates that can be used, either alone, or in combination with other drugs, to successfully manage cancer. Through its own discovery efforts and an acquisition and in-licensing program, Lorus is building a portfolio of promising anticancer drugs. Lorus Therapeutics Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LOR.

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