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Bellicum Pharmaceuticals Announces Initiation of Phase I/II Clinical Trial of Novel Vaccine for Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer
Date:8/6/2009

Bellicum Founder, President and Chief Medical Officer, Kevin M. Slawin, M.D., stated, "This first clinical trial of BP-GMAX-CD1 is designed to establish proof of principle for our core iCD40 technology, which has been engineered to overcome the critical potency limitations of previous cancer vaccine strategies. Dosing the first patient is an exciting and significant milestone in our quest to deliver safer and more effective therapies to patients with advanced cancer."

The small-molecule dimerizer, AP1903, and the ARGENT(TM) cell-signaling regulation technology underlying BP-GMAX-CD1 were licensed from ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AP1903 is designed to bring together two proteins and activate them. In the case of BP-GMAX-CD1, administration of AP1903 to patients leads to controlled activation of the ARGENT-regulated protein iCD40. AP1903 was previously shown by ARIAD to be well-tolerated with defined pharmacokinetics in a Phase 1 clinical trial.

"This is an exciting application of ARIAD's dimerizer technology, with the potential for therapeutic benefit linked to precise control of signaling events inside cells," stated Timothy P. Clackson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of ARIAD. "We congratulate Bellicum on this first application of the dimerizer technology in cancer patients."

About Bellicum Pharmaceuticals

Bellicum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is developing next generation therapeutic vaccines and other immunotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of cancer and chronic infectious diseases. Bellicum's novel approach is to utilize precise knowledge of the signaling pathways that regulate the immune response to target specific factors that can influence the potency and duration of this response. The company's lead product, BP-GMAX-CD1, a genetically modified, pharmacologically regulated autologous vaccine, is in clinical development for patients with advanced,
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