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IDM Pharma, Inc. (IDMI) Completes Sale of Non-Core Assets To Pharmexa A/S (PHARMX.CO) For $12 Million Cash


1/3/2006 10:38:24 AM

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IDM Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDMI - News) today announced it has completed the sale of specific assets related to its infectious disease programs and certain other assets to Pharmexa A/S (Copenhagen: PHARMX.CO - News) for $12.0 million in cash. IDM will now focus its resources on its five clinical stage cancer programs.

In connection with the asset sale, IDM and Pharmexa entered into fully paid up perpetual license agreements, which guarantee IDM continuing rights to use the PADRE® and Epitope Identification System (EIS®) technologies in the cancer field, and a three-year services agreement which assures IDM of certain services required for its ongoing clinical trials as well as access to expertise and know-how related to epitope identification. IDM retains all rights related to its cancer programs.

About IDM Pharma

IDM Pharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of innovative products that activate the immune system to treat cancer. IDM is currently developing two types of products: the first is designed to destroy cancer cells by activating innate immunity, and the second to prevent tumor recurrence by triggering a specific adaptive immune response.

IDM Pharma currently has 5 products in clinical development. The most advanced product, Junovan(TM), has completed a Phase III clinical trial in osteosarcoma. Three products are in Phase II clinical trials in bladder cancer, melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer, and one is in Phase I in colorectal cancer.

IDM Pharma has a major product development partnership with SANOFI-AVENTIS in cancer immunotherapy. MEDAREX and SANOFI-AVENTIS are corporate partners and shareholders of IDM or its affiliate since 1993 and 2001, respectively.

For more information, visit http://www.idm-pharma.com .

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that reflect management's current views of future events. Actual results may differ materially from the above forward-looking statements due to a number of important factors, including, but not limited to, risks regarding whether IDM or any of its collaborators will be able to develop pharmaceutical products using IDM's technologies, whether preclinical and early clinical development work together with efficacy data from the completed Phase III trial of Junovan will be considered adequate by regulatory authorities for a determination of marketing authorization, whether clinical trial results to date are predictive of results of any future clinical trials, risks associated with completing clinical trials of product candidates, risks involved in the regulatory approval process for IDM's product candidates, the possibility that clinical testing may reveal undesirable and unintended side effects or other characteristics that may prevent or limit the commercial use of proposed products; whether the cash resources of IDM will be sufficient to fund operations as planned; reliance on key employees, especially senior management; the uncertainty of IDM's future access to capital; the risk that IDM may not secure or maintain relationships with collaborators, and IDM's dependence on intellectual property. These factors are more fully discussed in IDM's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC for the quarter ended September 30, 2005 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC. IDM expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

For further information please contact AT IDM: Robert De Vaere Chief Financial Officer (858) 860-2500

Source: IDM Pharma, Inc.


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