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Vical Promotes Melanoma Awareness Month With Allovectin-7(R) Video Report
Date:4/23/2008

G, Inc., is funding the clinical trial under a collaborative agreement with Vical.

The AIMM trial calls for enrollment of approximately 375 patients with Stage III or IV metastatic melanoma. Patients may have been previously treated with surgery, adjuvant therapy, and/or biotherapy, but cannot have been previously treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy. The patients will be randomized on a 2:1 basis: approximately 250 patients will be treated with Allovectin-7(R) and approximately 125 will be treated with their physician's choice of either of two chemotherapy agents, dacarbazine or temozolomide. The primary endpoint is a variation of progression-free survival, specifically comparison of objective response rates at six months or more after randomization. The study will also evaluate safety and tolerability as well as overall survival. A patient self-screening tool for trial eligibility is available online at http://www.melanomaclinicaltrial.com.

About Metastatic Melanoma

The American Cancer Society has estimated that more than 62,000 new diagnoses of, and approximately 8,400 deaths from, melanoma will occur in 2008 in the United States. Currently, there are no consistently effective therapies for advanced cases of metastatic melanoma where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. The toxicity associated with FDA-approved treatments such as dacarbazine or interleukin-2 is often significant, resulting in serious or life-threatening side effects in many of the patients treated. Patients with metastatic melanoma often are treated off-label with drugs such as temozolomide, which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of certain types of brain cancer but not for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Temozolomide is an orally-delivered pro-drug that converts in the body into the same active compound as dacarbazine.

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