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IDM Pharma Presents Preliminary Results from Phase II UVIDEM,Melanoma Vaccine Clinical Trial

- Results show UVIDEM was well-tolerated with signs of durable disease control in advanced melanoma patients -

IRVINE, Calif., June 05, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IDM Pharma, Inc. today presented preliminary results from a Phase II UVIDEM (IDD-3) melanoma vaccine clinical trial (DC-MEL-202). The results showed that UVIDEM was well tolerated with evidence of efficacy and induction of immune response in patients with progressive metastatic melanoma.

The data were presented by Merrick I. Ross, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Chief, Melanoma Section, Department of Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as an oral presentation titled "Clinical and immunological responses in patients with malignant melanoma treated with a dendritic cell-based vaccine. Preliminary report from a multi- institutional phase II clinical trial" (# 3004) at the 2007 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 43rd annual meeting in Chicago.

"We are in great need of new drugs to treat our patients with metastatic melanoma" said Dr. Ross. "The preliminary analysis of the phase II clinical trial with IDM Pharma's cancer vaccine, UVIDEM, suggests that several patients with advanced melanoma attained durable control of their disease after a treatment stimulating their own immune system cells. Additionally, the side effects experienced by our patients were minimal," he added.

Study design and findings

DC-MEL-202 is a single arm, two-stage Phase II trial designed to evaluate clinical and immunological activities and the safety of a multivalent dendritic cell-based vaccine in patients with in-transit or low volume metastatic melanoma. Thirty-three patients were treated in the study and the results to date are as follows:

    --  Clinical response (RECIST): out of 30 patients evaluable for efficacy,

        9 (30%) showed evidence of clinical benefit (1 complete re
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