Originally published Dec. 12.

Plexxikon said this week that it is launching a Phase I/II trial to study the safety and efficacy of its drug candidate PLX3397 in AML patients whose tumors harbor cancer-driving Flt3 mutations, which occur in 20 percent to 30 percent of AML patients.

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