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CYTOGEN AND CETUS ANNOUNCE SPAIN APPROVES ONCOSCINT(R) CR103 CANCER IMAGING AGENT

 CYTOGEN AND CETUS ANNOUNCE SPAIN APPROVES
 ONCOSCINT(R) CR103 CANCER IMAGING AGENT
 PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Cytogen Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTO) and Chiron Corporation, Emeryville, Calif., (NASDAQ: CHIR) announced today that Spain has granted final marketing approval to OncoScint(R) CR103, a monoclonal antibody-based imaging agent for colorectal cancer.
 Spain is the sixth member of the European Community (EC) to grant approval following last June's recommendation of the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products (CPMP), the central regulatory body of the EC. The CPMP found OncoScint safe and useful in the detection, staging, and follow-up of patients with new or recurrent colorectal cancer.
 Previously, OncoScint CR103 had been approved in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. The six EC countries in which OncoScint CR103 has been approved represent 65 percent of the estimated 150,000 new cases of colorectal cancer expected to occur in Europe in 1991. OncoScint CR103 will be sold in Europe through EuroCetus B.V., Cytogen Corporation's exclusive marketing partner in Europe. In the United States, a Product License Application (PLA) for OncoScint CR103 was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration in September 1989 and is scheduled to be reviewed by the FDA's Biological Response Modifiers Advisory Committee on Jan. 16, 1992, along with the company's PLA for the ovarian cancer imaging agent.
 EuroCetus, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with operating sales offices in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cetus Oncology, a U.S.-based business of Chiron Corporation. Chiron Corporation, founded in 1981 and headquartered in Emeryville, applies biotechnology and other techniques of modern biology to develop products that diagnose, prevent and treat disease. On Dec. 12, 1991, Chiron merged with Cetus, a biotechnology company also based in Emeryville.
 Cytogen Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company which has developed proprietary systems for linking drugs and diagnostic agents to monoclonal antibodies in order to optimize the function of the antibody as a delivery vehicle. The company currently has six cancer imaging agents under development and two of these imaging agents, for colorectal and ovarian cancer, are awaiting FDA marketing approval. Also under development are two cancer therapy agents.
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 /CONTACT: Laura M. Hahn of Cytogen Corporation, 609-987-8221, or Larry Kurtz of Chiron Corporation, 510-601-2476/
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