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Elusys' Anthim(TM) Dramatically Improves Survival of Animals Treated After Active Anthrax Infection
Date:4/22/2008

Single, Intramuscular (IM) Dose, Protects up to 75 Percent in Primate Study

PINE BROOK, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Elusys Therapeutics, Inc. (Elusys), a privately-held biopharmaceutical company developing antibody-based therapies for the treatment of life-threatening infectious diseases, today announced pivotal animal efficacy results of Anthim(TM), a high-affinity humanized and deimmunized monoclonal antibody targeting the anthrax toxin protective antigen.

Elusys' Anthim is designed as a "just in time" anthrax therapeutic that can be administered by a single, rapid intramuscular injection and has the potential to provide quick protection against the lethal effects of anthrax toxin.

In this study, primates were infected with a highly lethal dose of aerosolized anthrax spores and observed for 60 days. A single IM dose of Anthim provided significant protection (75% survival) when administered at the onset of clinical symptoms of disease (24 hr. post exposure). These results are consistent with a recent rabbit study that showed significant survival of animals treated 24 hours after infection when bacteremia was present.

Elizabeth Posillico, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Elusys, commented on the results, "Anthim continues to demonstrate life-saving potential when given in a single, low IM dose after clinical symptoms of infection are present. In earlier animal studies, Anthim provided 100 percent protection when given prior to an anthrax exposure. These results have been consistent across studies whether Anthim was used with or without antibiotics. Our Phase I human safety study demonstrated Anthim is safe and well-tolerated as a monotherapy and as a combined therapy with the antibiotic ciprofloxacin."

Dr. Posillico continued, "Death from the effects of anthrax toxin can occur in a few days if patients are not treated quickly. We are very excited because the results of our studies show that rapid IM treatment w
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