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Human Genome Sciences Begins Delivery of First-in-Class Anthrax Treatment to U.S. Strategic National Stockpile
Date:2/2/2009

le. We are pleased with the progress of our partnership with the U.S. Government, which has resulted in this important milestone, and we are hopeful that fulfillment of this initial order will result in a long-term relationship involving additional deliveries of ABthrax to the Stockpile."

ABthrax represents a new way to address the anthrax threat. While antibiotics can kill the anthrax bacteria, they are not effective against the deadly toxins that the bacteria produce. ABthrax targets anthrax toxins after they are released by the bacteria into the blood and tissues. In an inhalation anthrax attack, people may not know they are infected with anthrax until the toxins already are circulating in their blood, and it may be too late for antibiotics alone to be effective.

"We are delighted to have fulfilled this important milestone under our contract with the U.S. Government and we hope we are making a significant contribution to our nation's security," said James H. Davis, Ph.D., J.D., Executive Vice President and General Counsel, HGS, and leader of the Company's ABthrax program with the U.S. Government. "We are particularly pleased with the relationship we have had with BARDA in the development of ABthrax, and we look forward to continuing to work together."

About Research Findings to Date

In December 2007, HGS announced that the results of two animal studies demonstrated the life-saving potential of ABthrax (raxibacumab). The results showed that a single dose of raxibacumab, administered without concomitant antibiotics, improved survival rates by up to 64 percent when administered after animals were symptomatic for anthrax disease as a result of inhalation exposure to massively lethal doses of anthrax spores. These dramatic and statistically significant findings demonstrated a survival benefit in two animal species, which is the requirement for establishing the efficacy of new drugs used to
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