Antisoma Receives USD 25 Million Milestone Payment from Novartis Corporation

Antisoma Receives USD 25 Million Milestone Payment from Novartis Corporation

London, UK, 29 May 2008 - Antisoma announces that it has received a milestone payment of USD 25 million from Novartis. This was triggered by the recent initiation of a phase III trial of ASA404 in non-small cell lung cancer.

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Background on Antisoma

Headquartered in London, UK, Antisoma is a biopharmaceutical company that develops novel products for the treatment of cancer. Antisoma fills its development pipeline by acquiring promising new product candidates from internationally recognised academic or cancer research institutions. Its core activity is the preclinical and clinical development of these drug candidates. Please visit www.antisoma.com for further information about Antisoma.

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