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Galena Biopharma Announces NeuVax(TM) Poster Presentations at the 35th Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galena Biopharma (Nasdaq:GALE), a biotechnology company focused on developing innovative, targeted oncology treatments addressing major unmet medical needs to advance cancer care, today announced two presentations at the 35th Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The event will be held December 4-8, 2012 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Poster # P5-18-07 entitled, "Completed SN33 Trial: 60 month follow-up of Early Stage Node Positive HER2 Negative patients with NeuVax™ (E75) and sargramostim," will be presented on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST during Poster Session 5.

Poster # P5-16-02 entitled, "Final Results of the Phase I/II Trials of the E75 Adjuvant Breast Cancer Vaccine," will also be presented on Friday, December 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST during Poster Session 5.

About NeuVax (nelipepimut-S or E75)

NeuVax™ (nelipepimut-S) is the immmunodominant nonapeptide derived from the extracellular domain of the HER2 protein, a well-established target for therapeutic intervention in breast carcinoma. The nelipepimut sequence stimulates specific CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) following binding to HLA-A2/A3 molecules on antigen presenting cells (APC). These activated specific CTLs recognize, neutralize and destroy through cell lysis HER2 expressing cancer cells, including occult cancer cells and micrometastatic foci. The nelipepimut immune response can also generate CTLs to other immunogenic peptides through inter- and intra-antigenic epitope spreading. Based on a successful Phase 2 trial, which achieved its primary endpoint of disease free survival (DFS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted NeuVax a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for its Phase 3 PRESENT (Prevention of Recurrence in Early-Stage, Node-Positive Breast Cancer with Low to Intermediate HER2 Expression with NeuVax Treatment) study. The Phase 3 trial is ongoing and additional information on the study can be found at www.neuvax.com.

According to the National Cancer Institute, over 230,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Of these women, about 75% test positive for HER2 (IHC 1+, 2+ or 3+). NeuVax targets approximately 50-60% of HER2-positive patients (IHC 1+/2+ or FISH <2.2) who achieve remission with current standard of care, but have no available HER2-targeted adjuvant treatment options to maintain their disease-free status.

About Galena Biopharma

Galena Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq:GALE) is a Portland, Oregon-based biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative, targeted oncology treatments that address major unmet medical needs to advance cancer care. For more information please visit us at www.galenabiopharma.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the possible benefits of Galena's new product candidates. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those identified under "Risk Factors" in Galena's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and in other filings Galena periodically makes with the SEC. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. Galena does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect a change in its views or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this presentation.

CONTACT: Madeline Hatton Toll free: +1 (855) 855-GALE (4253), ext. 109 info@galenabiopharma.com or Remy Bernarda IR Sense, LLC +1 (503) 400-6995 remy@irsense.com

Source:Galena Biopharma