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Clinical Trial by Licensee Does Not Meet Primary Endpoint

PASADENA, Calif., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AutoImmune Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AIMM) today announced its licensee, BioMS Medical Corp., and Eli Lilly and Company reported that dirucotide did not meet the primary endpoint of delaying disease progression, as measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), during the two-year Phase III trial in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). In addition, there were no statistically significant differences between dirucotide and placebo on the secondary endpoints of the study. Lilly and BioMS also announced that they would discontinue ongoing clinical trials and review available data.

AutoImmune has exclusively licensed certain of its intellectual property rights to BioMS. Under the license agreement, BioMS makes monthly diligence payments to AutoImmune and will pay royalties to AutoImmune on sales of its lead drug, dirucotide, if it reaches the market.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Robert C. Bishop, Ph.D. stated, "We are obviously disappointed by the results and look forward to further announcements from BioMS and Lilly regarding their future plans for this approach to treating SPMS."

AutoImmune is a biopharmaceutical company involved in the development of treatments for autoimmune and cell-mediated inflammatory diseases and conditions.

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