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Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI) Announces Enrollment Complete in Phase III EXTEND (PIX301) Clinical Trial of Pixantrone in Patients With Second or Greater Relapse of Diffuse Large B Cell NHL
Date:3/24/2008

for the treatment of this patient population and selected by the physician. The trial was designed to examine the complete response (CR) or unconfirmed complete response (uCR) rate, time to tumor progression, and overall survival. The study was powered based on a CR rate assumption of less than 5 percent for the control arm and a greater than 10 percent improvement in CR rate for the pixantrone arm. The study was conducted under a Special Protocol Assessment from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and pixantrone has received fast track designation for this indication.

About Pixantrone

Pixantrone (BBR 2778), a DNA intercalating antitumor agent that contains an aza-anthracenedione molecular structure, differentiating it from anthracycline chemotherapy agents, was discovered by our scientists in Bresso, Italy. It is a novel DNA major groove binder that contains an aza- anthracenedione molecular structure, differentiating it from anthracycline chemotherapy agents. A new chemical compound for the treatment of non- Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), and various other hematologic malignancies, solid tumors, and immunological disorders, pixantrone is being developed by CTI to improve the activity and safety in treating cancers usually treated with the anthracycline family of anti-cancer agents. Anthracyclines have been shown to be very active clinically in a number of tumor types, such as lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer. For these diseases, anthracycline-containing chemotherapy regimens are effective in first-line (initial) treatment. However, they may cause cumulative heart damage that limits lifetime dosage and does not allow for retreatment. Pixantrone has been designed to reduce the potential for heart damage compared to currently available anthracyclines or anthracenediones without a loss in anti-tumor or immunomodulatory activities.

About Cell Therapeutics, Inc.

Headquartered in Seattle, CTI is a biopharmaceutical company committed to
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