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Insmed Initiates Clinical Study for Follow-on Biologic Version of Neupogen(R)
Date:4/16/2008

INS-19 Receives Regulatory Clearance

RICHMOND, Va., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Insmed Inc. (Nasdaq: INSM), a developer of follow-on biologics and biopharmaceuticals, today announced that it has received approval from the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to initiate the Company's first clinical study for a follow-on biologic (FOB) product candidate. Insmed's INS-19, which is a recombinant form of human G-CSF, is a follow-on biologic of the FDA-approved product Neupogen(R), which had U.S. sales of approximately $0.9 billion in 2007.

Pre-clinical studies demonstrate that INS-19 and FDA-approved Neupogen(R) are comparable in both their pharmacological and toxicological profile. Detailed analytical characterisation also demonstrates that the products have a high degree of similarity. Data from these initial evaluations have been used, in part, to support the Phase I study, which will be initiated immediately. The Phase I study will be conducted in the UK and will compare the safety and establish the bioequivalence of INS-19 to Neupogen(R). Results from the trial are expected in the second half of 2008, and are planned to be used as part of a submission to the FDA to establish a protocol with the agency for a Phase III trial in the U.S.

"By utilizing Insmed's unique protein drug development capabilities and technical expertise, the Company has been able to advance a follow-on biologic product candidate from project initiation to human testing in less than one year, a significant achievement," said Geoffrey Allan, CEO of Insmed. "We intend to utilize the data generated from the Phase I trial, in combination with the positive preclinical results previously garnered, as the basis for discussions with the FDA in an effort to establish a Phase III development path for INS-19."

The initiation of this follow-on biologic trial is the first of two planned for 2008 as part of Insme
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