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Active Biotech and Ipsen announce completion of recruitment of tasquinimod clinical phase III study in prostate cancer Full recruitment triggers a EUR10 million milestone payment to Active Biotech

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2012-12-10 08:02:18 -

LUND, SWEDEN and PARIS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 -- Active Biotech (NASDAQ OMX
NORDIC: ACTI) and Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) today announced that
Phase III clinical trial for tasquinimod, a novel compound for the
treatment of
prostate cancer, is successfully enrolled with over 1,200 randomized
patients as
planned in the clinical protocol. This achievement triggers a EUR10 million
milestone payment from Ipsen to Active Biotech.

This study is a global, pivotal, randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase III clinical trial of tasquinimod in
patients with metastatic castrate
resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). The aim of the study is to confirm
tasquinimod's efficacy, with radiological Progression Free Survival (PFS)
primary endpoint and overall survival (OS) as secondary endpoint. The study
recruited patients in more than 250 centers all over the word.

Marc de Garidel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen, said:
"The on-schedule recruitment of tasquinimod phase III clinical trial
highlights Active Biotech's commitment and the growing interest from the
medical community for an innovative and differentiated mode of action."
Marc de Garidel added: "We now
look forward to confirming the encouraging phase II results and bringing a
treatment option to patients with mCRPC."

"I am very satisfied by the speed of recruitment of prostate cancer
into this study. We now look forward to the continued development of this
trial and the subsequent development of this unique drug also in other
indications", said Tomas Leanderson, President & CEO Active Biotech.

About tasquinimod

Tasquinimod has a pleiotropic mode of action which includes
anti-angiogenic and anti-metastatic activity. Today the development of
tasquinimod is principally focused on the treatment of prostate cancer.
It was announced in December 2009 that the primary endpoint of the Phase II
clinical study, to show a higher fraction of patients with no disease
progression during the six-month period of treatment using tasquinimod, had
met. Phase II results were published in Journal of Clinical Oncology in
September 2011. The results showed that 6 month progression-free
proportions for
TASQ and placebo groups were 69% and 37%, respectively (p<.0001). The
progression free survival was 7.6 months for the tasquinimod group,
compared to
3.3 months for the placebo group (p=0.0042).
Analysis of up to three years safety data from the Phase II study,
presented at
the EAU February 2012, show that treatment side effects were mild to
moderate (~
5% of AEs grade 3-4), manageable and less frequent after two months of
The adverse events observed included gastrointestinal disorders, primarily
observed initially during treatment, fatigue and musculoskeletal pain.
In June, 2012, overall survival (OS) data was presented at ASCO (American
Society of Clinical Oncology).
In October, 2012, biomarker data were presented at the scientific congress
(European Society for Medical Oncology). The results support an effect of
tasquinimod on both immunomodulation and angiogenesis positioning
tasquinimod as
a potentially unique therapeutic approach with a mechanism of action that
not target the androgen receptor pathway.
Also, in October 2012, the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board
monitoring the ongoing Phase III trial, recommended that the study
continues in
accordance with the protocol since no safety-related issues were noted.
A new Phase II, proof-of-concept clinical trial was initiated and which
aims at
establishing the clinical efficacy of tasquinimod used as maintenance
therapy in
patients with mCRPC who have not progressed after a first-line docetaxel
Ipsen has also initiated an innovative Phase II proof-of-concept clinical
with tasquinimod, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of tasquinimod in
or metastatic hepato-cellular, ovarian, renal cell and gastric carcinomas
patients who have progressed after standard therapies.

About Active Biotech

Active Biotech AB (NASDAQ OMX NORDIC: ACTI) is a biotechnology company with
focus on autoimmune/inflammatory diseases and cancer. Projects in pivotal
are laquinimod, an orally administered small molecule with unique
immunomodulatory properties for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, TASQ
prostate cancer and ANYARA primarily for the treatment of renal cell
cancer. In
addition, laquinimod is in Phase II development for Crohn's and Lupus. The
company also has one additional project in clinical development, the orally
administered compound 57-57 for Systemic Sclerosis. Please visit : for more information.

About Ipsen

Ipsen is a global specialty-driven pharmaceutical company with total sales
exceeding EUR1.1 billion in 2011. Ipsen's ambition is to become a leader in
specialty healthcare solutions for targeted debilitating diseases. Its
development strategy is supported by four franchises: neurology /
endocrinology / Somatuline®, uro-oncology / Decapeptyl® and
Moreover, the Group has an active policy of partnerships. Ipsen's R&D is
on its innovative and differentiated technological platforms, peptides and
toxins. In 2011, R&D expenditure totaled more than EUR250 million, above
21% of
Group sales. The Group has total worldwide staff of close to 4,500
Ipsen's shares are traded on segment A of Euronext Paris (stock code: IPN,
code: FR0010259150) and eligible to the "Service de Règlement
Différé" ("SRD").
The Group is part of the SBF 120 index. Ipsen has implemented a Sponsored
I American Depositary Receipt (ADR) program, which trade on
the over-the-counter market in the United States under the symbol IPSEY.
For more information on
Ipsen, visit : .

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Active Biotech is obligated to publish the information contained in this
release in accordance with the Swedish Securities Market Act. This
was provided to the media for publication 07:30 a.m. CET on December 10,

Active Biotech and Ipsen announce completion of recruitment: :

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