Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) Awards Grant to Tocagen Inc.

Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) Awards Grant to Tocagen Inc.

Grant will support Clinical Advancement for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) Treatment

WASHINGTON, DC., – (October 26, 2009) — Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a non-profit foundation dedicated to accelerating therapies for the treatment of brain cancer, announced today it has awarded a grant to Tocagen Inc. The grant will help support the clinical development of Tocagen’s novel investigational treatment for patients with recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), a rapidly fatal form of brain cancer. The amount of the grant was undisclosed.

“Tocagen is exactly the type of new company we are interested in supporting,” said Max Wallace, CEO of ABC2, “In our review of their program, the pre-clinical efficacy data is impressive, and could represent a promising new approach for GBM patients. We are pleased to help support Tocagen’s clinical advancement of a treatment for GBM patients who have limited therapeutic alternatives.”

Tocagen’s investigational treatment for GBM is designed to deliver a prodrug-activator gene to brain cancer cells. Subsequently the patient swallows prodrug tablets and the prodrug-activator gene in the cancer cells converts the prodrug into a potent anti-cancer drug.

About Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

The ABC2 approach to finding a cure for brain cancer is based on the belief that a nimble, focused and aggressive entrepreneurial model will increase the number of therapies discovered and then enable those therapies to be more rapidly driven into the clinic. We fund novel translational research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure and provide researchers with the pivotal support they need to make critical breakthroughs. Please visit for additional information.

About Tocagen Inc.

Tocagen is a biopharmaceutical company pursuing the discovery, development and commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer. Tocagen is initially focusing on treatments for patients with very advanced cancer for whom it believes no adequate treatment currently exists. Please visit for additional information.

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