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Favrille Announces Results From Study Showing Enhanced Activity,From Insect Cell-Derived Immunotherapy for Lymphoma

Data Reported at American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting

SAN DIEGO, April 18, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Favrille, Inc. , a biopharmaceutical company developing patient-specific, active immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer, announced results from a new study showing enhanced activity from insect-cell derived idiotype (Id) proteins, a key component in the Company's Id/KLH immunotherapy product candidate FavId(R) for B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), compared to Id proteins produced using mammalian cells. The data were reported today at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.

"Our data show that production of recombinant Id proteins via an insect cell system results in a structurally different antigen with improved immunogenicity compared to mammalian cell-derived Id proteins," said co-author John Timmerman, M.D., and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where much of the study was performed. "This in turn may lead to improved activity of the final Id-KLH immunotherapy for lymphoma."

A copy of the poster presented by Dr. Timmerman, entitled "Enhanced Immunostimulation by a Therapeutic Lymphoma Idiotype Vaccine Produced in Insect Cells Involves Mannose Receptor Targeting to Antigen Presenting Cells," is now available on the Investor Relations section of Favrille's web site at www.favrille.com.

"This study demonstrates that Id protein produced by insect cell lines possesses an enhanced ability to interact with dendritic cells compared to the same protein produced in mammalian cells, which in turn stimulates an enhanced immune response," said Daniel Gold, Ph.D., Favrille's Chief Scientific Officer. "These data help support our belief that the use of insect cells provides not only the most eff
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