Athenex Announces Publication of Phase 3 Study Data Comparing Oral Paclitaxel Plus Encequidar to Intravenous Paclitaxel in Patients With Metastatic Breast Cancer in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

Athens, Inc.

BUFFALO, NY, July 25 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Athenex, Inc., (NASDAQ: ATNX), a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer and related conditions, announced today today the publication of their manuscript, “Open-Label, Randomized, Multicenter, Phase III Study Comparing Oral Paclitaxel Plus Encequidar Versus Intravenous Paclitaxel in Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer”. The article, along with the results, can be viewed on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal website at this link.

“We are pleased with the release of Phase 3 data, which show that oral paclitaxel plus encequidar significantly improves tumor response in patients with metastatic breast cancer, compared to IV administration. Positive trends were seen in progression-free survival and overall survival,” said Hope S. Rugo, MD, professor of medicine, University of California San Francisco Comprehensive Cancer Center. “With oral administration of paclitaxel plus encequidar, we observed less frequent and less severe neuropathy, which is often a limiting toxicity with IV taxanes. In patients with abnormal liver function, we identified a predisposition to neutropenia early and to infections in patients with elevated liver enzymes at baseline, allowing for better management of toxicity in the future.We believe that for appropriate patients with advanced or metastatic breast cancer, this could potentially be a effective home treatment option.

About Athenex, Inc.

Founded in 2003, Athenex, Inc. is a global clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to becoming a leader in the discovery, development and commercialization of next-generation cell therapy drugs for the treatment of cancer. In pursuing this mission, Athenex draws on years of experience in research and development, clinical trials, regulatory standards and manufacturing. The Company’s current clinical pipeline is primarily derived from the following core technologies: (1) cell therapy, based on NKT cells and (2) Orascovery, based on a P-glycoprotein inhibitor. Athenex employees around the world are dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients by creating more active, accessible and tolerable treatments. For more information, visit

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