10 Jun '11, 9am

Micromet drug helps 75% of leukaemia patients

Micromet drug helps 75% of leukaemia patients

An experimental drug from Micromet reduced levels of cancer cells to undetectable levels in nine out of 12 patients with a severe form of leukaemia. -- PHOTO: AFP LONDON - AN EXPERIMENTAL drug from Micromet reduced levels of cancer cells to undetectable levels in nine out of 12 patients with a severe form of leukaemia, interim data from a clinical study showed on Friday. Blinatumomab is a new kind of antibody drug that primes the body's own killer T-cells to directly attack tumour cells. The 75 per cent response rate represented a boost for the Maryland-based company's first product, which is still several years away from reaching market but has been attracting attention from scientists because of the novel way it works. The Phase II study is due to enroll 25 adults with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) who have previously relapsed after standard chemotherapy. Interim r...

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