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ASCO Research Foundation Grant Will Support Study of Peregrine's Bavituximab in Lung Cancer
Date:6/10/2009

- Career Development Award to Study Biology of Bavituximab and Chemotherapy in Lung Cancer Awarded to Dr. David Gerber of UT Southwestern Medical Center -

- New Study Complements Ongoing Bavituximab Plus Carboplatin/Paclitaxel Phase II NSCLC Trial that has Shown Promising Preliminary Results -

TUSTIN, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPHM) today announced that the ASCO Research Foundation has awarded one of its 2009 Career Development Awards to David Gerber, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for a study of the biologic effects of bavituximab and chemotherapy in patients with advanced lung cancer. Bavituximab is a monoclonal antibody with a unique mechanism that allows the body's own immune system to recognize and act on the tumor and its supporting blood vessels, resulting in anti-cancer effects.

This new study will supplement Peregrine's Phase II clinical trial evaluating bavituximab in combination with carboplatin and paclitaxel in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In the first cohort of this trial, 11 of 17 evaluable NSCLC patients, or 64.7%, achieved an objective tumor response according to response evaluation criteria in solid tumors (RECIST). Enrollment of an additional 28 NSCLC patients is ongoing.

"We are delighted that the ASCO Research Foundation has selected Dr. Gerber's study for this prestigious award that nicely complements our ongoing Phase II NSCLC trial, which has already shown very promising results," said Steven W. King, president and CEO of Peregrine. "This clinical study should help us to better understand the biological effects of this new class of immunotherapeutic agents and generate data that will help guide the future clinical development and use of bavituxim
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