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ONCOSCIENCE AG, THE EUROPEAN PARTNER OF YM BIOSCIENCES, ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF PATIENT ENROLLMENT IN PHASE III BRAIN CANCER TRIAL OF NIMOTUZUMAB
Date:8/19/2007

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - YM BioSciences Inc. (AMEX: YMI, TSX: YM, AIM: YMBA), an oncology company that identifies, develops and commercializes differentiated products for patients worldwide, today announced that Oncoscience AG (Wedel, Germany), its European partner for the development of the humanized EGFR-targeting monoclonal antibody, nimotuzumab, has recruited the 40th and final patient in its international phase III trial combining nimotuzumab with radiation for the treatment of children and adolescents suffering from diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). DIPG is an inoperable form of brain cancer for which treatment options are severely limited. The Phase III trial is being conducted by an international group of paediatric oncologists under the lead of principal investigator Professor Udo Bode at the University of Bonn, Germany. The primary end-point of the trial is progression-free survival with overall survival as a secondary endpoint. Nimotuzumab has been designated an Orphan Drug by the EMEA.

"Oncoscience AG is moving to complete this DIPG trial, one in a series that, if successful, will be an important component of our nimotuzumab regulatory strategy," said David Allan, Chairman and CEO of YM BioSciences. "YM has received clearance for a Canadian Phase II trial in children with recurrent DIPG for which the principal investigatory site is the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, an internationally recognized Centre of Excellence in paediatric medicine."

Positive European data from a completed second line 47-patient Phase II nimotuzumab monotherapy trial in recurrent pediatric glioma were most recently summarized in an oral presentation at ASCO 2007. The clinical benefi
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