NEW YORK, Jan. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BeyondSpring Inc. (NASDAQ:BYSI) (“BeyondSpring” or the “Company”), a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development and commercialization of a pipeline of innovative immuno-oncology cancer therapies, announced today that Dr. Ramon Mohanlal, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, will present a corporate overview at the 10th Annual Biotech Showcase, to be held January 8-10, 2018 at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA. The Company’s presentation will be on Tuesday, January 9th at 10:30 AM Pacific Time (1:30 PM Eastern Time). The presentation will focus on the company’s lead asset, first in class agent Plinabulin in two registrational trials of Chemotherapy induced neutropenia (CIN) and NSCLC.
A live webcast of the presentation will be available online, which can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of BeyondSpring’s website: http://ir.beyondspringpharma.com. Also, a replay of the webcast will be available on http://ir.beyondspringpharma.com following the event.
BeyondSpring is a global clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing innovative cancer therapies with a robust pipeline from internal development and from collaboration with University of Washington in de novo drug discovery using ubiquitination platform. BeyondSpring’s lead asset, Plinabulin, is in a Phase 3 clinical trial as a direct anticancer agent in non-small cell lung cancer (Study 103) and two Phase 2/3 clinical programs in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CIN) – Studies 105 and 106. BeyondSpring has a seasoned management team with many years of experience bringing drugs to market.
Studies on Plinabulin's method of action indicate that Plinabulin activates GEF-H1, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor. GEF-H1 activates downstream transduction pathways leading to the activation of the protein c-Jun. Activated c-Jun enters the nucleus of dendritic cells to upregulate immune-related genes, which contributes to the up-regulation of a series of genes leading to dendritic cell maturation, T-cell activation and other effects that prevent neutropenia. Plinabulin is given as a single IV infusion in each cycle, 30 minutes after completion of the chemotherapy, offering same day dosing, whereas G-CSF is given 24 hours after chemotherapy. In addition, the use of Plinabulin is not associated with bone pain, which is a frequent side effect with G-CSF.
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