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Data Reported at ICAAC Indicates Selzentry(TM) Phase III Treatment-Naive Trial Shows Increased Efficacy When Used With Enhanced Trofile(TM) Assay
Date:10/26/2008

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Monogram Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGRM) announced today that data presented this week demonstrated that in Pfizer Inc's (NYSE: PFE) phase III trial of Selzentry(TM) (maraviroc) in treatment naive individuals with CCR5-tropic HIV-1, increased efficacy was shown as a result of the enrichment of the patient population by use of the enhanced version of Monogram's Trofile(TM) Assay.

The data were reported this week at the 48th Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) / 46th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Washington DC.

Pfizer's HIV medication Selzentry (maraviroc) is approved for use in treatment-experienced individuals with R5-tropic HIV-1. In July 2007 Pfizer reported data from the phase III trial of Selzentry in treatment naive individuals ("MERIT"), in which patients had been selected for treatment by Monogram's Trofile Assay. The reported differences in outcome for individuals treated with Selzentry did not meet a predefined study endpoint of non-inferiority to an established first line treatment regimen. To week 48, 65% of individuals receiving Selzentry had HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL, compared to 69% of those individuals in the control arm of the trial.

In June 2008 Monogram introduced an enhanced sensitivity version of the Trofile Assay, with 30-fold greater sensitivity to detect low-level X4 HIV compared to the original assay. Monogram reassessed the origi
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