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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Memgen Collaborate on CLL Clinical Trial
Date:6/18/2008

he agreement marks the first immunotherapy clinical trial funded by LLS's Therapy Acceleration Program, an innovative program designed to advance therapies with high prospects of providing near-term benefit to patients suffering from blood cancers.

About Memgen, LLC

Memgen is a biotechnology company with offices in Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA. Memgen was founded four years ago to develop non-toxic and targeted active immunotherapies for the treatment of cancers. Its lead product, ISF35, has demonstrated potent anti-leukemic activity as a single agent while being well tolerated. ISF35 generates none of the immunosuppressive activities associated with standard cancer treatments.

ISF35's results are achieved through its ability to bind to a protein found on leukemic B lymphocytes. This activates a natural immune process that causes malignant cells to become more sensitive to subsequent chemotherapy treatments. This targeted and active approach by ISF35 first makes the leukemias and lymphomas more "visible" to the human immune system. Then, ISF35 activates the immune system so that it can seek out and destroy the cancerous cells.

Memgen is now seeking corporate partners to assist in the development of the ISF35 molecule as it enters advanced stage clinical trials. For more information about Memgen, please visit http://www.memgenbio.com.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society(R), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting leukemia
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