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Coley Pharmaceutical Group Diversifies Pipeline with First-in-Class TLR Antagonist for the Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Date:10/29/2007

developed CPG 52364 to inhibit these TLRs more effectively. In Coley's preclinical studies, CPG 52364 showed a marked increase in therapeutic potency compared to HCQ, preventing the development of anti-DNA antibodies in SLE-prone mice, while also exhibiting an improved safety profile.

In addition to its activity as a monotherapy, preclinical data showed that the combination of CPG 52364 with HCQ delivers added efficacy, suggesting that CPG 52364 could be used clinically either in combination with HCQ or as a replacement therapy for HCQ in the first-line treatment of SLE.

Coley plans to present data from its preclinical research with CPG 52364 at The 71st annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) at the new Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Arthur Krieg, Coley's Executive Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer will deliver a presentation on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 2:45pm EST, entitled, "Antimalarials are More Effective at Inhibiting Toll-Like Receptor 9 than at Inhibiting Antigen Presentation" (Presentation #1310).

Dr. Grayson Lipford, Vice President, Basic Research for Coley Pharmaceutical Group, plans to present a poster entitled, "Selective Toll-like Receptor 7/8/9 Antagonists for the Oral Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases," (Poster Board #210). The poster will be available for viewing on Saturday, November 10, 2007 from 8:00am to 4:30pm EST.

About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)(1)

SLE is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects nearly 500,000 Americans. The disease, which is nine times more prevalent in women than men, and is also more prevalent in minorities, occurs when the immune system produces antibodies that cause inflammation, pain and damage to various tissues and organs in the body.

SLE is a leading cause of kidney disease, stroke, and premature cardiovascular disease in women of childbearing age. There is no known cure for
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