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Dutch court upholds Immunomedics' patent

Immunomedics, Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ; 973-605-8200) announced that the nullification claim made in the Netherlands against its European patent was dismissed by the District Court in The Hague. The patent involved covers a class of CEA-specific antibodies and other related subject matter. The court upheld all of the patent's claims.

Immunomedics also announced that it has granted a royalty-bearing, non-exclusive license to Dako AS (Glostrup, Denmark), a company selling reagents for diagnostic pathology worldwide, for Immunomedics' worldwide patents covering specific antibodies to CEA. This antibody is being sold by DAKO worldwide for use in pathology laboratories that stain tumor specimens for CEA. Terms of the license were not disclosed.

"One of Immunomedics' greatest assets is its broad patent portfolio," explained the company's president and chief executive officer, Mr. Robert J. DeLuccia. "We believe there is considerable value in many of these patents that have been awarded in major geographic markets. Accordingly, we have begun to contact potential licensees in order to offer non-exclusive licenses consistent with our strategy to aggressively pursue enforcement of our patent rights," he added.

In addition to patents covering certain antibodies, including reengineered forms, Immunomedics holds numerous broad patents in the area of disease targeting, imaging and therapy (including cancer, infectious and cardiovascular diseases), radiolabeled antibodies and fragments, pre-targeting methods for imaging and therapy, neutron-capture therapy of cancer, intraoperative and laparoscopic probe technology with radioimaging agents, magnetic-resonance imaging with specific antibodies, positron-emission tomography with specific antibodies, radioimmunotherapy with anti-idiotype antibodies and other vaccine approaches.

"These areas may afford us diverse licensing and partnering opportunities," Mr. DeLuccia stated.

Immunomedics is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of diagnostic imaging and therapeutic products for the detection and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Integral to these products are highly specific monoclonal antibodies and antibody fragments designed to deliver radioisotopes and chemotherapeutic agents to tumors and sites of infection. The company's first product, CEA-Scan for the detection of colorectal cancer, has been approved in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The company's second diagnostic imaging product, LeukoScan, has been approved for sale in Europe for the diagnosis of osteomyelitis (bone infection). This product is presently under regulatory review by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Immunomedics also has several other diagnostic imaging products and two therapeutic products in clinical trials.
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Date:Jul 1, 1998
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