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Gentium Announces Presentation of Preclinical and Clinical Data on Defibrotide at the 33rd World Congress of International Society of Hematology



VILLA GUARDIA (COMO), Italy, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Gentium S.p.A. (NASDAQ:GENT) (the "Company") today announced that two posters and one oral presentation on defibrotide will be presented at the 33rd World Congress of International Society of Hematology to be held at the ICC Jerusalem International Convention Center in Jerusalem, Israel, October 10-13, 2010.

Poster Session 1, Tuesday, October 12, 2010:

"Defibrotide downregulates heparanase expression in tumor cells" (Abstract #330). C. Echart et. al., Gentium SpA, Como, Italy.

"Defibrotide protects endothelial cells from the complications of stem cell transplantation" (Abstract #335). C. Echart et al., Gentium SpA, Como, Italy.

Oral Presentation, Hall A, Wednesday, October 13, 2010:

"Defibrotide prevents acute Graft-versus-Host disease in pediatric stem cell transplantation: results of the prospective phase II/III VOD-DF trial" (Abstract #386, ). S. Corbacioglu et al., University of Regensburg, Germany.

For more details on the congress, please visit the official congress web site:

  About Gentium

Gentium S.p.A., located in Como, Italy, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and manufacture of drugs to treat and prevent a variety of diseases and conditions, including vascular diseases related to cancer and cancer treatments. Defibrotide, the Company's lead product candidate, is an investigational drug that has been granted Orphan Drug status by the U.S. FDA and Orphan Medicinal Product Designation by the European Commission both to treat and to prevent VOD and Fast Track Designation by the U.S. FDA to treat VOD.

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  Gentium S.p.A.
  Salvatore Calabrese, +39 031-385-287
  Senior Vice President, Finance


  The Trout Group
  Marcy Nanus, +1 646-378-2927

Source: Gentium S.p.A.

CONTACT: Gentium S.p.A., Salvatore Calabrese, +39-031-385-287, Senior
Vice President, Finance,; or The Trout Group, Marcy
Nanus, +1-646-378-2927,

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Posted: September 2010