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Agenus To Present At Cowen And Company Annual Healthcare Conference

LEXINGTON, Mass., Feb. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Agenus Inc. (Nasdaq:AGEN), a developer of therapeutic vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases, today announced that the company will be presenting at the Cowen and Company 33 rd Annual Healthcare Conference, which will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

Dr. Garo Armen, Chairman and CEO of Agenus, will present a corporate overview on Monday, March 4 th at 4:50 pm EST.

Between Agenus and its partners, 19 programs are in clinical development. Agenus' QS-21 Stimulon ® adjuvant 1 is being studied in clinical trials for 17 vaccine indications. They include:

  • Phase 3: GSK's RTS,S for malaria 2
  • Phase 3: GSK's MAGE-A3 cancer immunotherapy for selected patients with resected melanoma 2
  • Phase 3: GSK's MAGE-A3 cancer immunotherapy for selected patients with resected non-small cell lung cancer 2
  • Phase 3: GSK's HZ/su for shingles 2
  • Phase 2: Janssen's ACC-001 for Alzheimer's disease

Agenus pipeline programs include:

  • Phase 2 : HerpV (contains QS-21 Stimulon) for genital herpes
  • Phase 2: Prophage Series G-100 for newly diagnosed glioma
  • Phase 2: Prophage Series G-200 for recurrent glioma

Saponin Platform: QS-21 Stimulon ® Adjuvant

Agenus' licensees include GlaxoSmithKline and Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy. Agenus is generally entitled to receive milestone payments as QS-21 Stimulon-containing programs advance, as well as royalties for 10 years after commercial launch, with some exceptions.

Heat Shock Protein Platform: Recombinant Series HerpV                                                                                                                       

HerpV is the most advanced HSV-2 therapeutic vaccine currently in clinical development for the treatment of genital herpes. A Phase 2 study measuring the effect of vaccination on viral shedding in individuals infected with HSV-2 is underway. Data results for this study are anticipated in Q4'13. Experts in HSV-2 clinical research believe that a reduction in viral shedding could translate into the clinical benefit of a reduction in recurrent outbreaks.

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