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Mersana Therapeutics Reports Phase I Results for XMT-1001 in Patients with Solid Tumors at AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference
Date:10/24/2007

ximum tolerated dose (MTD) has not been reached and the study continues to accrue patients.

"Our Fleximer nanotechnology platform is designed to create proprietary new drugs from existing and novel pharmaceutical compounds," said Julie Olson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mersana. "We are pleased to note that in the Phase I study, our proprietary Fleximer-controlled drug release system achieved results consistent with our objective of extending the half-life of the camptothecin analog while avoiding safety concerns. The favorable pharmacokinetic and safety data are consistent with results from preclinical studies of XMT-1001," she concluded.

About XMT-1001

XMT-1001 is Mersana's most advanced Fleximer(TM)-based product candidate. It utilizes a novel, dual release mechanism to liberate a camptothecin prodrug, which is then converted within cells into camptothecin, a DNA topoisomerase I inhibitor. In preclinical studies, XMT-1001 was better tolerated and more efficacious than either camptothecin or irinotecan in models of human cancer, showing extended plasma half-life and high concentrations in tumor tissue.

About Fleximer

Mersana is transforming oncology product development by creating new drugs from anti-cancer agents through application of its Fleximer nanotechnology platform. Fleximer is a novel, biodegradable and bio-inert polymer that can be chemically linked to drugs, including small chemical entities, peptides and biologics. Fleximer-based compounds can be individually designed to improve the therapeutic performance of drugs by modulating such properties as circulation time and site of release, while significantly improving toxicity profiles.

About Mersana Therapeutics, Inc.

Mersana, a privately held, venture backed company, utilizes its proprietary nanotechnology platform to transform existing and experimental anti-cancer agents into new, patentable drugs with superior pharmaceutical properties. The key com
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