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Elusys Therapeutics and Lonza Extend Manufacturing Agreement for Anthim, a New Anthrax Treatment in Late-Stage Development
Date:7/15/2010

manufacturing experience and large-scale capacity needed to ensure commercial quantities of Anthim long-term. As the world's leading contract manufacturer of monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins, Lonza has considerable experience in large-scale manufacturing and a well-established reputation with regulatory agencies for the production of licensed products."

In 2009, Elusys was awarded a contract totaling up to $143 million from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to complete the final development, commercial manufacturing and licensure of Anthim. This contract represented one of the largest awarded by BARDA for advanced product development.

"Working with the team at Elusys on such a novel new antibody therapy has been very rewarding," said Dr. Stephan Kutzer, Head of Lonza Custom Manufacturing. "We are excited about continuing our successful relationship and look forward to supporting Elusys in the launch and long-term commercial supply of Anthim."

Anthim Background

Based on extensive testing, which included multiple models of anthrax infection, Anthim has demonstrated excellent potential as an effective, single dose therapeutic for the treatment of people infected by or exposed to anthrax spores. These study results showed Anthim prevented death in 70 – 100% of animals treated with a single dose of drug.

Anthim is a high-affinity, humanized and deimmunized monoclonal antibody that targets the protective antigen of B. anthracis and neutralizes the lethal effects of anthrax toxins. It is being developed for prevention and treatment of inhaled anthrax following a biowarfare attack.

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