SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cardiff Oncology, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRDF), a clinical-stage oncology therapeutics company developing drugs to treat cancers with the greatest medical need for new treatment options, today announced that it will host a key opinion leader (KOL) call focused on KRAS-mutated colorectal cancer and highlighting data from its onvansertib Phase 1b/2 clinical trial, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT.
On the call, Dr. Mark Erlander, Cardiff Oncology's chief executive officer, and Key Opinion Leaders Afsaneh Barzi, M.D., Ph.D. (City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center) and Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., FACP (USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center) will participate in a discussion featuring the latest data from Cardiff's Phase 1b/2 clinical trial evaluating onvansertib in combination with FOLFIRI and bevacizumab for the second line treatment of patients with KRAS-mutated metastatic colorectal cancer. Dr. Barzi will begin the discussion by providing an overview of the history of KRAS in clinical practice, the challenges of drug development and targeting of KRAS, and the value of KRAS as a biomarker for patient selection and predicting response to treatment. Dr. Lenz will follow with a presentation of the onvansertib clinical trial data featured at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Conference 2020. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentations.
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About the KOLs
Afsaneh Barzi, M.D., Ph.D. is a practicing medical oncologist, associate clinical professor for gastrointestinal oncology, and clinical director of AccessHope at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prior to joining City of Hope, Dr. Barzi was an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. She earned her M.D. from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, then went on to earn a Master's in Health Informatics and a Doctorate in Public Health Management and Policy Sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Barzi completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Center. Her research and practice are focused on gastrointestinal malignancies with an emphasis on colorectal cancers. Her unique perspective on patterns of care in patients with colorectal cancer arises from the combination of her expertise in real-world data and her experience with biomarker discovery and the use of biomarkers for personalized care.
Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., FACP is the associate director for clinical research and co-leader of the gastrointestinal (GI) cancers program at the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lenz is professor of medicine and preventive medicine, section head of gastrointestinal oncology in the division of medical oncology and co-director of the Colorectal Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Lenz received his medical degree from Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany, in 1985. He completed a residency in hematology and oncology at the University Hospital Tübingen in Germany, a clerkship in oncology at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a clerkship in hematology at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He served subsequent fellowships in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. An active researcher, Dr. Lenz focuses on topics including the regulation of gene expression involved in drug resistance, patients at high risk of developing colorectal cancer, and determination of carcinogenesis, methods of early detection, and better surveillance of these cancers. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Gastroenterology Association, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of a number of professional organizations. Dr. Lenz is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and invited papers, reviews, and editorials. He also serves as co-chair of the GI Committee and Correlative Science Committee for SWOG. He is a member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Task Force for Gastroesophageal Cancer, the NCI Steering Committee, and the NCI Translational Science Committee.
About Cardiff Oncology, Inc.
Cardiff Oncology (formerly Trovagene, Inc.) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with the singular mission of developing new treatment options for cancer patients in indications with the greatest medical need. Our goal is to overcome resistance, improve response to treatment and increase overall survival. We are developing onvansertib, a first-in-class, third-generation Polo-like Kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor, in combination with standard-of-care chemotherapy and targeted therapeutics. Our clinical development programs incorporate tumor genomics and biomarker technology to enable assessment of patient response to treatment. We have three ongoing clinical programs that are demonstrating the safety and efficacy of onvansertib: a Phase 1b/2 study of onvansertib in combination with FOLFIRI/Avastin® in KRAS-mutated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC); a Phase 2 study of onvansertib in combination with Zytiga® (abiraterone)/prednisone in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC); and a Phase 2 study of onvansertib in combination with decitabine in relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). For more information, please visit https://www.cardiffoncology.com.
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