At European League Against Rheumatism Meeting 2010

New Data From EMBLEM™ Study Show Pipeline Drug Epratuzumab Provided Significant Efficacy for Patients Suffering From Moderate to Severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Rome — UCB and Immunomedics Inc. announced new lupus drug candidate, epratuzumab, provided a significant reduction in disease activity in patients with moderate to severe active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Data presented at the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) meeting in Rome from the phase IIb study, EMBLEM™, showed the clinical efficacy of epratuzumab in patients with SLE.

"We are very encouraged by the findings of this new study which demonstrate that in a patient population with predominantly severe disease activity, epratuzumab is improving patients' health as quickly as week 12, with the emergence of improvements as early as week 8," commented lead study investigator Daniel J. Wallace, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He added, "In a short study, such as this one, seeing this level of patient improvement so rapidly is a hopeful sign of the drug's potential to become an effective new treatment option."

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