MethylGene Inc.

MethylGene Inc.

August 07, 2006 07:30 ET

MethylGene to Present at IBC's 11th Annual World Congress-Drug Discovery Technology & Development

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 7, 2006) - MethylGene Inc. (TSX:MYG) today announced that A. Robert MacLeod, Executive Director of Pharmacology and Cell Biology of MethylGene, will present at IBC's 11th Annual World Congress in Boston on Wednesday, August 9th at 4:45 p.m. EDT.

Dr. MacLeod's presentation entitled, "Novel, Orally Active Multi-Targeted Kinase Inhibitors of the c-Met and VEGF Receptors," will highlight MethylGene's multi-targeted kinase program for oncology. Dr. MacLeod will describe the broad-spectrum antitumour activity of our lead molecules that are potent inhibitors of a unique spectrum of kinases including the c-Met receptor, all three VEGF receptors as well as RON, Tie-2 and Flt-3 kinases. These targets are involved in tumour cell survival, tumour metastasis and angiogenesis.

About MethylGene

MethylGene is a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics in cancer and infectious diseases. We intend to exploit our HDAC inhibitor technology in other diseases, such as diabetes, inflammation, fungal infections and neurodegenerative disorders. Two cancer product candidates are currently in clinical trials: MGCD0103, partnered with Pharmion Corporation and Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., and MG98, partnered with MGI Pharma, Inc. MethylGene has an exclusive license agreement with Merck & Co. for the development and commercialization of small molecule beta-lactamase inhibitors to overcome antibiotic resistance. MethylGene has partnered its non-oncology HDAC program for neurodegenerative diseases with EnVivo Pharmaceuticals. MethylGene has a portfolio of preclinical programs for its multi-targeted kinase and histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors for both oncology and non-oncology indications, and continues to seek partnering opportunities in these areas. Please visit our website at

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