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Medarex Announces Allowance of Investigational New Drug Application for Wholly-Owned Fully Human Anti-CXCR4 Antibody, MDX-1338

-Clinical study planned for relapsed / refractory acute myelogenous leukemia-

PRINCETON, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medarex, Inc. (Nasdaq: MEDX) announced today the allowance of an investigational new drug application (IND) filed with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for MDX-1338, for the treatment of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). MDX-1338 is a fully human antibody that targets CXCR4, a chemokine receptor found on the surface of many cancer cells, including certain leukemias, lymphomas and other cancers. Preclinical laboratory experiments have shown that MDX-1338 can block the growth of, and even directly kill, selected human tumor cells.

The Phase 1, open-label, multicenter, dose-escalation study of MDX-1338 as a monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy is expected to enroll up to 34 patients with relapsed/ refractory AML. This trial is designed to establish and evaluate the safety, tolerability and maximum tolerated dose, as well as preliminary pharmacodynamics and efficacy of MDX-1338.

"We are pleased that MDX-1338 has progressed into the clinic, representing our eighth development candidate in oncology and further enhancing our focus on oncology/immunology therapeutic indications," said Howard H. Pien, Chairman and CEO of Medarex. "We believe that MDX-1338 could have potential activity in multiple cancers. Our first Phase 1 study will be conducted in AML and future studies are expected to target a variety of other leukemias and solid tumors and may involve monotherapy and combination therapy."

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, approximately 13,290 patients in the United States will be diagnosed with AML.

About Medarex

Medarex is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and potential commercialization of fully human antibody-based therapeutics to treat life-threatening and debilitating diseases, including cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. Medarex applies its UltiMAb(R) technology, product development and clinical manufacturing experience to generate, support and potentially commercialize a broad range of fully human antibody product candidates for itself and its partners. Over forty of these therapeutic product candidates derived from Medarex technology are in human clinical testing or have had INDs submitted for such trials, with the most advanced product candidates currently approved for commercial sale, the subject of regulatory applications for marketing authorization or in Phase 3 clinical trials. Medarex is committed to building value by developing a diverse pipeline of antibody products to address the world's unmet healthcare needs. For more information about Medarex, visit its website at

Medarex Statement on Cautionary Factors

Except for the historical information presented herein, the statements relating to MDX-1338 in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Medarex disclaims, however, any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include risks associated with product discovery and development of MDX-1338, as well as risks detailed from time to time in Medarex's public disclosure filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. There can be no assurance that such development efforts will succeed or that developed products will receive required regulatory clearance or that, even if such regulatory clearance were received, such products would ultimately achieve commercial success. Copies of Medarex's public disclosure filings are available from its investor relations department.

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