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Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Reports Positive Early Results in Phase II Study of Bavituximab in Breast Cancer
Date:7/2/2008

them for signs of anti-tumor activity. We look forward to sharing more data from this study as patient treatment and follow-up progress."

The primary objective of the multi-center Phase II clinical trial is to assess overall tumor response rate. Secondary objectives include measuring time to tumor progression, duration of response, overall patient survival and safety parameters. All tumor responses in the trial are being evaluated using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) criteria. Patients may continue to receive bavituximab as solo therapy after completion of chemotherapy as long as the cancer does not progress and side effects are acceptable. The trial is being conducted in the Republic of Georgia according to International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) and Good Clinical Practices (GCP) guidelines.

According to the RECIST criteria, patients are categorized as having "stable disease" ("SD") if they have less than a 20% increase to a 30% reduction in the sum of the target lesions, and they are categorized as having a "partial response" ("PR") if they experience greater than a 30% reduction in the sum of target lesions. In addition, to be assigned a status of SD or PR, patients cannot have the appearance of any new lesions.

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and is second only to lung cancer as a leading cause of female cancer deaths. The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 182,460 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and 40,480 women will die of the disease in the U.S. alone.

Bavituximab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to the cellular membrane component phosphatidylserine (PS) that is usually located inside cells, but which becomes exposed on the outside of the cells that line the blood vessels of tumors, creating a specific target for anti-cancer treatments. By binding to PS, bavituximab is believed to h
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