ILEX Oncology, Inc. (11550 Hwy. 10 W., Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78230; Tel: 210/949-8200, Fax: 210/949-8210; Website: ilexoncology.com) and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (640 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA 02139; Tel: 617/679-7000, Fax: 617/374-9379; Website: mlnm.com) have submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for CAMPATH (alemtuzumab), a humanized monoclonal antibody, for the treatment of b-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) refractory to existing therapies.
CLL, the most prevalent form of adult leukemia, is characterized by an accumulation of malignant lymphocytes in the bone marrow and other tissues, causing bone marrow dysfunction and enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen.
CAMPATH has received "Fast Track" designation from the FDA and is expected to undergo a six-month priority review, which begins with the submission of a BLA.
ILEX Oncology and LeukoSite entered into a distribution and development agreement with Schering AG in August 1999. The agreement grants Schering AG exclusive marketing and distribution rights to CAMPATH in the U.S., Europe, and the rest of the world, except Japan and East Asia. At the same time, Berlex Laboratories, Inc. (Montville, NJ) obtained exclusive U.S. distribution and marketing rights for CAMPATH from LeukoSite and ILEX.
Millennium acquired LeukoSite in December 1999, and thus an interest in CAMPATH.
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