Dicerna Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 1 Study of DCR-MYC in <br/>      Patients with Solid Tumors and Hematological Malignancies | Melanoma Dispatch | Scoop.it

"Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. DRNA +0.67% , a leader in the development of RNAi-based therapeutics, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1 dose-escalating clinical study of DCR-MYC, (also known as DCR-M1711), in patients with solid tumors, multiple myeloma, or lymphoma. DCR-MYC, Dicerna’s first drug candidate to enter clinical testing, is a Dicer Substrate siRNA (DsiRNA) that targets the driver oncogene MYC, which is central to the growth of many hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. Dicerna is investigating DCR-MYC in a variety of tumor types with the initial focus on hepatocellular carcinoma."


Editor's note: This new drug may hold promise for people with lung cancer or melanoma, as well as other cancer types.