BETHESDA, Md., March 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Micromet, Inc. (Nasdaq: MITI), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel, proprietary antibodies for the treatment of cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases, today announced that it is regaining from its partner MedImmune the rights in North America to its most advanced BiTE antibody candidate, blinatumomab, also known as MT103. In Europe, Micromet is conducting a phase 2 clinical trial with blinatumomab for the treatment of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and a phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In addition, the two companies plan to initiate a research program for the development of a new BiTE antibody for the treatment of hematological cancers. Micromet also announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.
"We had a successful 2008 and are excited about the prospects for 2009. Our lead BiTE antibody program blinatumomab reported encouraging clinical data from phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials last year, which form the basis for advancing the program towards its first pivotal clinical trial. We are pleased to regain North American rights to blinatumomab from our partner and are looking forward to taking control of the worldwide development of the program," stated Christian Itin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Micromet. "With our successful financing and partnering activities last year and early this year, we are well positioned to move our programs to the next value step."
Recent Developments relating to Blinatumomab and Micromet's Collaboration with MedImmune:
In March 2009, MedImmune elected to return its license rights to blinatumomab to Micromet. Micromet will assume responsibility for the worldwide clinical development
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