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Agenus' CEO Discusses Q2 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Garo Armen

Thank you, Shalini. I would like to begin this call by highlighting the fact that many of the clinical programs that have been under development for several years by us and by our partners are making significant progress and continue to mature.

This is a very exciting time for the company as we could hit as many as eight upcoming milestone events reported in the second half of this year through 2012 and all of which obviously could be great value to us and to our shareholders.

We are excited to be participating in the advancing Immunotherapy field with several steps the potential success in many vaccine candidates utilizing our platform and technology in the advantage of clinics and several are getting very close to potential commercialization.

It is important also note that beyond our saponin platform of QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant and our recombinant common series platform, which is represented with HerpV for the treatment of genital herpes. Agenus is well-positioned with its Prophage series of vaccines prevent it from recent advances in the field of cancer immunology and cancer vaccines.

The FDA approval for Prophage and ponezumab which represents very important immune system modifying drugs, validate the fact that in addition to preventing disease, immune based drugs can be successfully used in the treatment of cancer.

To start, I would like to now give you a brief overview of QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant, which is a part of our saponin platform. Adjuvants are an essential part of an effective vaccine as it enhance the ability of a vaccine to elicit strong and durable immune responses.

Key licensees of QS-21 include GlaxoSmithKline and JANSSEN Alzheimer Immunotherapy, which is a division of J&J. The programs under development by our partners are advancing and data from Phase 3 clinical trials of three vaccine candidates for malaria and [MAGE IIIA] in non-small cell lung cancer and melanoma are anticipated to be released in the second half of this year, as well as during 2012. A Phase 3 vaccine program for shingles continues to rapidly advance in the clinic.

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