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Extreme Weather in Washington D.C. has Postponed the FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for 10 February 2010

MELBOURNE, Australia & MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 9, 2010 - ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals Limited announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the company that the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) public advisory meeting scheduled for 10 February 2010 has been suspended due to extreme weather conditions in Washington D.C.

The ODAC meeting was scheduled to review two New Drug Applications, one of which was the application submitted by ChemGenex for Omapro (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) for the treatment of adults with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who have failed prior therapy with imatinib and who have developed the Bcr-Abl T315I mutation. ChemGenex submitted the NDA on 9 September 2009. The NDA was accepted by the FDA on 10 November 2009 and granted Priority Review.

The FDA will notify the company of a new date for the meeting as soon as possible.

ChemGenex believes in the safety and efficacy of Omapro for the treatment of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who are resistant to imatinib and have the Bcr-Abl T315I mutation. The company is aware of the questions posed by the FDA and we are confident in our ability to answer these questions during the ODAC meeting. Omapro addresses a significant unmet need for patients with the T315I mutation, a marker for resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors, who currently have no effective treatment option and often have a poor prognosis.

About ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals Limited

ChemGenex is an oncology focused biopharmaceutical company developing small molecules with new mechanisms of action to treat malignancies with significant unmet medical needs. A New Drug Application has been accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a Marketing Authorisation Application has been validated by the European Medicines Agency for CML patients who have failed imatinib therapy and have the Bcr-Abl T315I mutation. ChemGenex has established a corporate alliance with Hospira to develop and commercialize omacetaxine in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa, and is seeking to establish commercial partnerships in the rest of the world. ChemGenex plans to commercialize omacetaxine itself in North America. ChemGenex trades on the Australian Stock Exchange under the symbol "CXS" For additional information on ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals, please visit the company's website at

Omapro is a trademark of ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals Limited.

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Contact: ChemGenex Information
Dr. Greg Collier, Cell (Australia): +61 419 897501
Cell (USA): +1-650-200-8145
CEO and Managing Director
Investor Relations – Australia
Buchan Consulting
Kyahn Williamson, +61 (0)3 9866 4722
Cell: + 61 (0)401 018 828
Investor Relations – USA
Blueprint Life Science Group
Remy Bernarda, +1-415-375-3340 ext. 2022
Cell: +1-415-203-6386

Posted: February 2010

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