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Alfacell's ONCONASE(R) and R-Amphinase Show Anti-Tumor Activity in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia Cells
Date:12/10/2008

therapy aimed at inducing a remission; some patients may go on to receive a hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Although cure rates have been reported to be 20-45%, this is likely to be much lower for elderly patients and those who cannot tolerate aggressive therapy.

About CLL

CLL(chronic lymphocytic leukemia) is a cancer of the lymphocytic line of white blood cells. CLL affects a particular lymphocyte, the B cell, which originates in the bone marrow, develops in the lymph nodes, and normally fights infection. In CLL, the DNA of a B cell is damaged, so that it can't fight infection, but it grows out of control and crowds out the healthy blood cells that can fight infection. While generally considered incurable, CLL progresses slowly in most cases. Determining when to start treatment and by what means is often difficult. In addition, several drugs are used to treat CLL, however Fludarabine is the most extensively studied and is currently the most commonly used first-line therapy in this disease.

About ONCONASE(R)

ONCONASE is a first-in-class therapeutic product candidate based on Alfacell's proprietary ribonuclease (RNase) technology. A natural protein isolated from the leopard frog, ONCONASE has been shown in the laboratory and clinic to target cancer cells while sparing normal cells. ONCONASE triggers apoptosis, the natural death of cells, via multiple molecular mechanisms of action.

Alfacell has licensed the U.S. commercial rights for ONCONASE to Strativa Pharmaceuticals, a division of Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. Strategic marketing and distribution agreements for ONCONASE have been secured with Megapharm Ltd. for Israel, BL&H Co. Ltd. for Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, USP Pharma Spolka Z.O.O., an affiliate of US Pharmacia, for Eastern Europe, and GENESIS Pharma, S.A. for Southeastern Europe.

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