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Additional New Data from Satraplatin SPARC Phase 3 Investigational,Trial Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting

- All pre-specified subset analyses of progression-free survival in the SPARC Phase 3 trial consistently demonstrate a reduction in relative risk of disease progression for patients receiving satraplatin. These analyses included prior Taxotere use, geographies, as well as presence or absence of pain.

CHICAGO, June 04, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmion Corporation and GPC Biotech AG today announced the presentation of additional data from the double-blind, randomized satraplatin Phase 3 registrational trial, the SPARC trial (Satraplatin and Prednisone Against Refractory Cancer). The data are being presented today at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago. The SPARC trial is evaluating satraplatin plus prednisone versus placebo plus prednisone in 950 patients with hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC) whose prior chemotherapy has failed. A New Drug Application (NDA) for satraplatin is currently under priority review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"Today hormone-refractory prostate cancer patients whose chemotherapy has failed have no approved treatment options. The data I have presented today from the SPARC trial show that satraplatin lowers the risk of disease progression by 33% compared to control. The data are consistent across numerous pre-defined subsets, including patients previously treated with Taxotere," said Cora Sternberg, M.D., FACP, Chief of the Department of Medical Oncology at the San Camillo and Forlanini Hospitals, Rome, Italy and one of the principal investigators of the SPARC registrational trial. "I believe these efficacy results, together with satraplatin's manageable side effect profile, mean that, if approved, satraplatin will represent an important new therapy option for patients with advanced prostate cancer whose prior chemotherapy has failed."

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