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IDM Pharma Joins NORD to Raise Awareness of Rare Diseases
Date:2/26/2009

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IDM Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDMI) today announced that it is joining the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and more than 100 patient organizations, caregivers, researchers and companies developing treatments for rare diseases to observe Rare Disease Day on February 28. The goal of the day is to bring attention to rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected and the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments. IDM Pharma is currently developing mifamurtide (MEPACT in Europe) for the treatment of osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer in children and young adults.

"Osteosarcoma impacts approximately 1,200 newly diagnosed children and young adults every year in each of the United States and Europe," said Robert W. Metz, vice president, commercial operations, IDM Pharma. "Through our participation in Rare Disease Day, we hope to bring increased attention to the impact rare diseases -- like osteosarcoma -- have on the lives of young patients and their families, and help break down the barriers some patients experience when trying to access proper diagnosis and treatment."

IDM Pharma has developed mifamurtide to treat non-metastatic, resectable osteosarcoma. The Company is currently awaiting a final decision on European Marketing Authorization, anticipated within the first quarter, following the positive opinion adopted by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use in December 2008. The submission was based, in part, on the largest Phase 3 clinical trial ever completed in osteosarcoma, which enrolled approximately 800 patients and was a National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded cooperative group study conducted by the Children's Oncology Group (COG). The study evaluated patient outcomes with the addition of mifamurtide t
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