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IDM Pharma Announces Updated Phase 3 Mifamurtide (L-MTP-PE) Data Confirms Statistically Superior Overall Survival in Osteosarcoma Patients
Date:11/1/2007

by the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG) and the Children's Cancer Group (CCG), now the Children's Oncology Group (COG), sponsored by the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) of the National Cancer Institute. Also included are safety and efficacy data from 51 patients with metastatic osteosarcoma treated in earlier Phase 2 studies. The biological effects and safety of L-MTP-PE are further supported by data from 7 other Phase 1 and 2 clinical studies performed under IND, in which an additional 197 patients received at least one dose of L-MTP-PE.

L-MTP-PE was granted orphan drug status in the United States in 2001. The NDA for L-MTP-PE was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October 2006 and was accepted for review in December 2006.

The FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee, or ODAC, met in May 2007 and voted 12 to 2 that the results of the Company's Phase 3 trial do not provide substantial evidence of effectiveness of L-MTP-PE in the treatment of patients with non-metastatic, resectable osteosarcoma receiving combination chemotherapy. In July 2007, following a meeting with the FDA, the Company announced that it would collect, analyze and submit additional data for L-MTP-PE to the FDA, in an amendment to the NDA, by the first quarter of 2008. In August 2007 the FDA, considering ODAC's recommendation, issued a not approvable letter to the Company after completing the review of the NDA for L-MTP-PE. In this letter, the FDA requested data from additional clinical trials to demonstrate the benefit of L-MTP-PE, as well as information or clarification with respect to other sections of the NDA.

IDM Pharma also is seeking marketing approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for the use of L-MTP-PE, or MEPACT as it is known in Europe. L-MTP-PE was granted orphan drug status in Europe in 2004. The Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for L-MTP-PE was submitted to the EMEA and accepted for review in November 2006. The E
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