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Novel Investigational Regimen Combining Radiation Enhancing Agent With Ibritumomab Tiuxetan (Zevalin(R)) Produces High Rate of Complete Responses in Patients With Rituximab-Refractory Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Date:6/4/2008

Results of phase I/II study highlighted in oral presentation at conference

on malignant lymphoma

LUGANO, Switzerland, June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- At the 10th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma in Lugano, Switzerland data were presented from a phase I/II investigator-sponsored clinical trial of Yttrium-90 Ibritumomab Tiuxetan (90Y-Zevalin) combined with the novel expanded porphyrin motexafin gadolinium (MGd). The greatest benefit of this investigational regimen was observed in rituximab-refractory follicular lymphoma patients, who experienced rapid responses and a high rate of durable complete responses (CR). In this subset of patients (n=14), 64 percent experienced a complete response with a median estimated time to progression (TTP) of 14 months. These results compare favorably to prior published data of single agent Zevalin in terms of CR and TTP. The investigators concluded that MGd given with Zevalin does not appear to increase hematologic or other toxicities. Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) (Nasdaq and MTA: CTIC) markets Zevalin in the United States. MGd is under development by Pharmacyclics, Inc.

"Zevalin is approved for relapsed follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma based on superior overall and complete response rates compared to rituximab, including rituximab-refractory follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma where Zevalin resulted in a 74 percent overall response rate with 15 percent complete and unconfirmed complete responses," said James A. Bianco, M.D., President and CEO of CTI. "The results of the study suggest that addition of MGd may enhance the effectiveness of radioimmunotherapy with Zevalin. Further studies using this combination in patients with follicular or diffuse large B-cell lymphoma are warranted."

About the Study

Of the 30 patients enrolled on this study, 28 are currently evaluable. All patients were rituximab-refractory. No dose limiting toxicity was seen. No grade 4 non-he
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