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Clinical Data Published in 'Science' Show Tumor Regressions in Relapsed Lymphoma Patients Treated with T Cell Engaging BiTE Antibody Blinatumomab
Date:8/14/2008

onoclonal antibodies for achieving a tumor regression in this disease. This may relate to the high anti-tumor activity of cytotoxic T cells recruited by blinatumomab," commented Micromet Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Patrick Baeuerle.

"This first observation of durable objective responses in relapsed, incurable patients indicates the potential blinatumomab and BiTE antibodies in general may have in fighting cancer," added Micromet Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Carsten Reinhardt, M.D.

Typically antibodies cannot engage T cells because T cells lack the appropriate receptors for binding antibodies. Previous attempts have shown the potential of T cells to treat cancer, but the therapeutic approaches tested to date have been hampered by cancer cells' ability to escape recognition by T cells. The use of antibodies that are specifically designed to engage T cells for attacking cancer cells may provide a more effective anti-tumor approach than conventional monoclonal antibodies, which require much higher doses and are typically combined with chemotherapies.

Micromet has additional clinical trials with BiTE antibodies underway, including a phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate blinatumomab for the treatment of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and a phase 1 trial investigating MT110, a BiTE antibody targeting EpCAM, in patients with lung or gastrointestinal cancers.

Micromet will host a webcast and a conference call on Monday, August 18 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, (4:00 p.m. Central European Time), to discuss these results. The webcast can be accessed at: http://www.micromet-inc.com/sciencepub. To participate in the conference call, dial 866-202-4367 (U.S.) or 617-213-8845 (international), passcode: 31176615.

(1) Bargou R et al. (2008) Tumor regression in cancer patients by very low doses of a T cell-engaging antibody. Scie
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