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Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Announces $3.75 Million in Financing
Date:10/10/2007

Receives Emerging Technology Fund Award from the State of Texas in the

Amount of $1.45 Million as well as $2.3 Million in Seed Funding

HOUSTON, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced it was awarded $1.45 Million by the State of Texas' Emerging Technology Fund. Additionally, the company announced seed financing of $2.3 million. The combined investment will be used for development of the company's lead product candidate, BP-GMAX-CD1 for patients with advanced, androgen independent prostate cancer. The financing will allow the completion of preclinical development and initiation of a Phase 1/2 clinical trial.

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is focused on the development of next generation therapeutic vaccines and other immunotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of cancer. Bellicum's BP-GMAX-CD1 lead product candidate is a novel dendritic cell vaccine for the treatment of prostate cancer. This vaccine incorporates a drug-activated CD40 gene, which acts as a pharmacologically regulated switch to boost the potency and enhance the durability of the anti- cancer immune response (see, Hanks, et al, Nature Medicine 2005, 11:130).

"We are honored to receive this award from the Emerging Technology Fund," stated CEO Tom Farrell. "It's a testament to the strength of our science and the potential of the company to have a meaningful impact on the lives of cancer patients. The State's financial support, together with the seed capital provided by local angel investors, allows us to advance our lead product into the clinic, where we have a near-term opportunity to demonstrate human proof of concept."

The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is a $200 million initiative created by the Texas Legislature in 2005 at the Governor's request. A 17- member advisory committee of high-tech leaders, entrepreneurs and research experts reviews potential TETF projects and recommends funding for projects to the Governor, Lieu
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