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Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Receives Approval to Conduct a Second Phase II Trial of Bavituximab in Patients With Advanced Breast Cancer
Date:1/23/2008

-- Peregrine Has Now Received Regulatory Approval for Three Phase II Cancer

Trials to Study Bavituximab in Combination with Chemotherapy -- -- New Clinical Trial Will Evaluate Anti-Tumor Activity of Bavituximab in

Combination with Carboplatin and Paclitaxel --

TUSTIN, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPHM), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, today announced that its Phase II clinical protocol to study bavituximab in combination with chemotherapy in patients with advanced breast cancer has been approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). The primary objective of the multi-center clinical trial is to assess the overall response rate to the combination of bavituximab with carboplatin and paclitaxel, chemotherapy drugs commonly used in the treatment of breast cancer.

In the trial's two-stage design, up to 15 patients with advanced breast cancer will be enrolled initially. The study will then be expanded up to a total of 46 patients if promising results are observed. Secondary objectives of the study include measuring time to tumor progression, duration of response, overall patient survival and safety parameters. Patients may continue to receive bavituximab alone after completion of chemotherapy as long as the cancer does not progress and side effects are acceptable.

"We are eager to begin this new trial because we saw encouraging signs of activity against advanced breast cancer in our bavituximab pilot combination therapy study, where two patients treated with bavituximab and these same chemotherapy agents achieved objective tumor r
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