Maxim Phase II Clinical Trial Highlights Substantial Increase In Leukemia-FreeSurvival For Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Patients

an time in remission before relapse is only 12 months with current treatments.

Relapsed patients are typically treated again with chemotherapy, and many of these patients die during chemotherapy. Among those relapsed patients who do survive treatment and achieve a second complete remission ("CR2"), these subsequent remissions normally have a shorter duration than the prior CR (a median of only 6 months in the case of CR2 patients).

The objective of Maxamine Therapy is to treat AML patients in remission with the combination of Maxamine and low doses of interleukin-2 (IL-2) to prevent relapse and prolong leukemia-free survival while maintaining a good quality of life for the patients during treatment.

Maxamine Improvement in Leukemia-Free Survival

In the ongoing Phase II study, patients treated in their first remission with Maxamine Therapy have experienced a substantial increase in leukemia-free survival, highlighted by the following updated clinical results as of September 1, 1998:

58% (15 of 26) of all CR1 patients treated with Maxamine remained in leukemia-free remission. A prior study (Swansbury, et. al.) of AML patients suggest that 20-25% of patients would be expected to be alive after two years.

65% (13 of 20) AML patients without concurrent disease or antecedent illnesses treated with Maxamine remain in leukemia-free remission.

After a median of 24 months of follow up, the median time to relapse has not been reached in this study as more than 50% of the Maxamine-treated CR1 patients remain leukemia-free. By contrast, under the normal course for AML, the median time to relapse would be expected to be reached after only 12 months.

These results were achieved despite the fact that the patients treated with Maxamine were an older group of patients and more than half (15 of 26) of the patients were categorized as high risk.

"The updated results are very promising," said Dr. Bengt Simonsson, Head of the Division of Haemat

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