MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 8 ChemoCentryx, Inc. today announced that Thomas J. Schall, Ph.D., ChemoCentryx's President and Chief Executive Officer, will give a keynote lecture at The 9th World Congress on Inflammation in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Schall's lecture titled, "Treating Inflammation by Inhibition of Chemokine Receptors: Practical Requirements and Efficacy of CCR9 Antagonism in Inflammatory Bowel Disease" will be given on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 9:00 am local time.
"It is a privilege to have been invited to speak at this prestigious gathering of thought leaders involved in the search for innovative treatments in inflammatory disease," said Thomas J. Schall, Ph.D., ChemoCentryx's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With recent regulatory approvals and clinical trial successes of chemokine-based therapeutics, this underscores the enthusiasm and promise of developing drugs that selectively inhibit specific chemokine and chemoattractant receptors in the treatment of inflammatory diseases."
ChemoCentryx, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing orally-administered therapeutics that target the chemokine and chemoattractant systems in order to treat autoimmune diseases, inflammatory disorders and cancer. The chemokine system is a network of secreted chemokine molecules, or ligands, and cell surface receptors that regulates inflammation. Based on its proprietary drug discovery and drug development platform, ChemoCentryx has internally generated multiple clinical and preclinical-stage programs, each targeting distinct chemokine and chemoattractant receptors with different small molecule compounds. ChemoCentryx's lead compound, Traficet-EN, a specific CCR9 antagonist, is in a Phase II/III multi-national clinical trial, called PROTECT-1, in patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease. CCX025, also a CCR9 antagonist, is in a Phase I clinical trial. Additional clinical programs include the development of CCX140, which targets the CCR2 receptor, currently in a Phase I clinical trial and intended for subsequent development to treat diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and vascular restenosis, and CCX354, a CCR1 antagonist in a Phase I clinical trial, being developed for inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. ChemoCentryx also has several programs in preclinical development. ChemoCentryx is privately held. For more information, please refer to www.chemocentryx.com.
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