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Genentech reports positive clinical results in Avastin trial

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. A late-stage clinical trial of a drug by Genentech indicates that combining it with chemotherapy can fight against ovarian cancer, Genentech announced Thursday.

Genentech, acquired by Roche last year, announced results of a three-arm, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial combining Avastin (bevacizumab) with chemotherapy in women with previously untreated ovarian cancer. The trial found that when women took both drugs, followed by maintenance therapy with Avastin alone, lived longer without the disease worsening than those in the placebo groups.

“Additional medicines are urgently needed for women with newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer, as most women’s cancer will worsen after their initial treatment,” Genentech EVP global development and chief medical officer Hal Barron said in a statement.

Genentech plans to present the results at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in June, the company said.

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Save-A-Lot expands to Dallas-Fort Worth area

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS One of the nation’s leading discount grocery retailers is expanding its presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the opening of a new store in the Oak Cliff community.

Save-A-Lot’s new store signifies the company’s continued commitment to providing affordable, quality groceries to Dallas residents, as well as the company’s entry into the Hispanic grocery market — the Oak Cliff location carries popular Latino brands.

Save-A-Lot operates nearly 1,200 stores in 39 states from Maine to California.

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Fresh & Easy opens in South L.A.

BY DSN STAFF

SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif. Fresh & Easy has opened its first store in South Los Angeles.

According to the company, the store was one of the first sites identified by the grocer over two years ago and is the centerpiece of an impressive new mixed-use development with affordable housing units and additional retail space.

Mary Kasper, VP and general counsel for Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, said, “We’re opening stores in all types of neighborhoods because we fundamentally believe everyone regardless of where they live deserves access to quality, fresh food at affordable prices. We’re also proud to bring more quality jobs to the neighborhood, particularly in this economy.”

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