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Sanofi-Aventis:Pleased With Phase III Results For HIV Vaccine

9-24-09 2:35 AM EDT

PARIS -(Dow Jones)- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of drugmaker Sanofi- Aventis SA (SNY), Thursday commended the results of the collaborative HIV vaccine trial that has been conducted in Thailand over the past six years.

- The Phase III clinical trial involving more than 16,000 adult volunteers in Thailand has demonstrated that an investigational HIV vaccine regimen was safe and modestly effective in preventing HIV infection.

- According to the final results released today by the trial sponsor - the U.S. Army Surgeon General - the prime-boost combination of ALVAC HIV and AIDSVAX B/E vaccines lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31.2% compared with placebo.

- The comprehensive results will be presented by the lead clinical investigator on October 20, 2009 at AIDS Vaccine 2009 in Paris.

- Albeit modest, the reduction of risk of HIV infection is statistically significant. This is the first concrete evidence, since the discovery of the virus in 1983, that a vaccine against HIV is eventually feasible," said Michel DeWilde, R&D Senior Vice President for Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the prime vaccine, ALVAC HIV.

- Christopher A. Viehbacher, Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi-Aventis said: " Sanofi Pasteur will continue its long-standing commitment to HIV vaccine research and development efforts by partnering with academia, governments, non- governmental organizations, and other vaccine companies to progress the science, so that one day we will be able to provide access to HIV vaccines to people who need them."

- By Paris Bureau, Dow Jones Newswires; +331-4017-1740; jethro.mullen@ dowjones.com

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