Clinical Data on Peregrine's Bavituximab Cancer Program to Be Discussed in Two Presentations at 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting

- Oral Presentation to Highlight Data from Phase II Study Evaluating Bavituximab in Advanced Breast Cancer -

- Poster Presentation to Discuss Data from Phase I Study Evaluating Bavituximab in Multiple Tumor Types -
TUSTIN, Calif., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPHM) , a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and serious virus infections, today reported that data from two ongoing clinical trials assessing its lead compound bavituximab for the treatment of cancer will be discussed at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Orlando, Florida. Preliminary data from a Phase II clinical trial evaluating bavituximab in combination with docetaxel in advanced breast cancer patients will be the subject of an oral presentation at 10:30 AM EDT on June 1, 2009. A second presentation detailing preliminary results from a Phase I clinical trial evaluating bavituximab as solo therapy in patients with advanced refractory cancer will be discussed in a poster session from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT, also on June 1, 2009.

 Bavituximab Presentation Details:

 
 Title: Phase II study of bavituximab plus docetaxel in patients with
 locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer.
 Authors: D. Tabagari, G. Nemsadze, M. Jincharadze, M. Janjalia, J. Shan
 Time: Monday June 1, 10:30 AM
 Location: Level 4, Valencia Room, W415A
 Abstract No: 3005
  
 Title: Phase I study of bavituximab, a novel anti-phosphatidylserine
 monoclonal antibody in patients with advanced refractory cancer:
 Preliminary results.
 Authors: N. K. Ibrahim, L. Wong, L. Rosen, J. Shan
 Time: Monday June 1, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
 Location: Level 2, West Hall C
 Abstract No: 1080
  
  
 About Bavituximab

Bavituximab is a monoclonal antibody that binds to the cellular membrane component phosphatidylserine (PS) that is usually located inside cells, but which becomes exposed on the outside of the cells that line the blood vessels of tumors, creating a specific target for anti-cancer treatments. By binding to PS, bavituximab is believed to help mobilize the body's immune system to destroy the tumor and the tumor blood vessels. Bavituximab currently is in two separate Phase II trials in combination with paclitaxel and carboplatin for the treatment of advanced breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer, and in a third Phase II trial in combination with docetaxel in advanced breast cancer patients. A Phase I bavituximab monotherapy trial in advanced solid cancers is also continuing.

 
About Phosphatidylserine (PS)
The rapid and disorganized growth that is the hallmark of cancer results in the exposure of the lipid phosphatidylserine (PS) on the surface of tumor blood vessels. Since these phospholipids are typically not exposed on the surface of normal tissues, they represent a unique target for anti-cancer treatments. Bavituximab binds specifically to these phospholipids exposed on the surface of the cells lining tumor blood vessels. Once bound, bavituximab alerts the body's immune system to attack the blood vessels, inhibiting tumor growth and proliferation. In addition, a growing body of evidence supports the active role of PS in immune signaling, with recent research showing that exposed PS can have an immunosuppressive effect and dampen the body's normal immune response to cancer. By binding to and blocking PS, bavituximab is believed to boost the body's ability to combat cancer via this second mechanism. Further information on the role of exposed PS in the tumor environment can be found in the Anti-PS Technical Backgrounder posted on Peregrine's homepage at www.peregrineinc.com.
About Peregrine Pharmaceuticals
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative monoclonal antibodies in clinical trials for the treatment of cancer and serious viral infections. The company is pursuing three separate clinical programs in cancer and hepatitis C virus infection with its lead product candidates bavituximab and Cotara(R). Peregrine also has in-house manufacturing capabilities through its wholly owned subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc. (www.avidbio.com), which provides development and biomanufacturing services for both Peregrine and outside customers. Additional information about Peregrine can be found at www.peregrineinc.com.
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 CONTACTS:

 
 GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners
 Investors                                 Media
  info@peregrineinc.com                     Barbara Lindheim
 (800) 987-8256                            (212) 918-4650

Source: Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

 
CONTACT: GendeLLindheim BioCom Partners, investors, 1-800-987-8256,
info@peregrineinc.com, or media, Barbara Lindheim, +1-212-918-4650, both for
Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
 

Posted: May 2009

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