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Intercell Announces FDA Approval of IXIARO®, a Novel Vaccine to Prevent Japanese Encephalitis

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New Products 30.03.2009 » U.S. FDA approves Intercell's first marketed product, a new vaccine against Japanese Encephalitis for travelers and military personnel » Commercial product launch in the U.S. planned for Q2 2009 Vienna, Austria, March 30, 2009 - Intercell AG (VSE: ICLL) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved IXIARO®, a new vaccine for the prevention of Japanese Encephalitis (JE). The initial target for use of Intercell's vaccine - the only such product currently manufactured for the U.S. market - will be adult travelers and military personnel who visit or are deployed to affected countries, including India, China, and other parts of Asia. "This approval is a major achievement for Intercell, and it marks a significant milestone in this company´s history. The approval of IXIARO by the FDA - part of a regulatory process that included parallel filings in Europe and Australia - puts us in a select group of biotechnology companies with both an FDA-approved product and an outstanding pipeline of promising vaccine candidates," said Intercell's Chief Executive Officer, Gerd Zettlmeissl. "With this decision, Americans - both civilians and military personnel - will have an efficacious and safe way to protect themselves from the devastating and deadly effects of Japanese Encephalitis." JE is a deadly infectious disease found mainly in Asia. Approximately 30,000 to 50,000 cases of JE are reported in Asia each year, and the actual number of cases are likely much higher due to underreporting in rural areas. JE is fatal in approximately 30 percent of those who show symptoms and leaves half of survivors with permanent brain damage. As there is no specific treatment for JE, vaccination is the only highly effective protection for the millions of travelers and military personnel who live in or travel to areas where the virus circulates. Intercell's vaccine is a purified, inactivated product for active immunization against viral infections of Japanese Encephalitis. IXIARO is manufactured at Intercell's proprietary manufacturing facility in Scotland and is prepared using tissue culture rather than live organisms. Novartis AG holds marketing and distribution rights for IXIARO in the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea and certain other markets in Asia and Latin America. Intercell will directly distribute and market IXIARO to the U.S. military. Prior to approval, the vaccine was tested in a series of large-scale clinical trials with around 5,000 individuals. The total development time of this vaccine from research to approval took more than 10 years. The vaccine was developed under a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the U.S. The vaccine was also approved by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in January 2009 and is expected to be approved in Europe shortly following a positive CHMP-opinion. end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: Intercell AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: Intercell AG Lucia Malfent Head of Corporate Communications Tel. +43 1 20620-1303 lmalfent@intercell.com Branche: Biotechnology ISIN: AT0000612601 WKN: A0D8HW Index: ATX Prime, ATX Börsen: Wiener Börse AG / official market

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