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FDA GRANTS FAST TRACK STATUS FOR PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT

May 19, 2006
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Cell Genesys has received FDA fast track designation for its GVAX immunotherapy for prostate cancer, potentially expediting approval of its biologics license application, the company said.

GVAX immunotherapy is a whole cell product designed to stimulate the immune system's response against tumors. It uses two prostate cancer cell lines that have been modified to secrete a hormone known to play a key role in immune system stimulation. It is currently in a Phase III trial.

Fast track designation, mandated by the FDA Modernization Act of 1997, is given to products with the potential to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and can address unmet medical needs.