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Issue of Equity

The Directors of Scancell are pleased to announce that on 19 December 2008, the Company issued 73,333 new ordinary shares of 1p each in lieu of advisory fees relating to the admission of the Company onto the PLUS-quoted market at a price of 60 pence per share.

The trading of the new ordinary shares on PLUS is expected to commence on 22 December 2008.

Following the issue of shares as detailed above the total number of ordinary shares in issue as at 19 December 2008 will be 10,275,551 ordinary shares. The total Directors' Shareholding as a result of the Issue of Equity is 2,627,892 ordinary shares representing 25.57% of the current issued share capital.

The Directors of the issuer accept responsibility for this announcement.

Notice of Results

Notification of Interim Results

Scancell Holdings Plc, the developer of therapeutic cancer vaccines based on its patented ImmunoBody(tm) platform, today announces that it will release its Interim Results for the six months ended 31 October 2008 during the week commencing
Monday 12th January 2009.

Audited Final Results for the Year Ended 30 April 2008

The Directors of Scancell Holdings Plc are pleased to announce the audited results for Scancell Limited for the year ended 30 April 2008.

Chairman's Statement

In the last financial year we have consolidated our position in relation to the science and the finances of the Company.

In November, I was elected Non-Executive Chairman and brought my considerable experience in listed companies to the board. A decision was made at the beginning of 2008 to list the Company on the PLUS Market (www.PLUSmarketsgroup.com) and successfully achieved on the 24th of September 2008.This has attracted new finance to progress our lead product SCIB1 into the clinic and continue the development of the ImmunoBody platform. A decision was made by the directors that they are not paying a dividend for the period.

We look forward to updating shareholders with developments over the coming months.

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Scancell sells antibody pipeline to Peptech

Key points

  • Acquires additional antibody assets
  • Second M&A transaction in 2006
  • Strengthens oncology franchise
  • Purchase consideration of GBP 2 million plus a contingent payment of GBP 2.85 million

Australian biotechnology company Peptech Limited (ASX:PTD) continues to pursue its determined merger and acquisition strategy today announcing its second acquisition for the calendar year with the acquisition of the antibody assets of UK based Scancell Limited through its newly established UK subsidiary, Peptech UK Limited.

The acquisition, in which Peptech assumes control of cancer therapeutic antibodies and related intellectual property from Scancell, provides further validation of Peptech's aggressive growth strategy announced in January this year. The acquisition is consistent with its internationalisation strategy and builds upon the recently announced intention to list on AIM in London.

Peptech acquired Scancell’s two pre-clinical lead cancer-related antibodies, SC101 and SC104, along with a suite of additional anti-cancer antibodies in the early stages of development.

SC101 and SC104 target colorectal cancers, a significant unmet medical need with a market estimated to exceed US$3.2 billion.

Peptech Chief Executive Officer Dr John Chiplin said the additional antibodies substantially strengthened Peptech’s existing cancer product pipeline and substantiate further the company’s recent decision to list on AIM in order to strategically exploit opportunities in Europe.

“The two newly acquired lead antibodies have demonstrated promising preclinical results that can be correlated with direct cancer cell killing properties,” Dr Chiplin said.

“It is our intention to utilise these antibodies to provide additional strength to our existing oncology development program, which includes our relationship with Biosceptre International, to create a world-class anti-cancer franchise.”

“This is an excellent deal for Scancell” said Scancell’s scientific founder, Prof. Lindy Durrant. “The deal with Peptech will enhance the prospects of these exciting antibodies reaching the clinic and improving cancer treatment. Moreover it will allow Scancell to focus its efforts on its innovative ImmunoBody cancer vaccine programme"

The initial consideration will be a cash payment of GBP2 million. Peptech will make a further payment of GBP2.85 million upon any of the acquired products reaching a Phase I clinical trial, to be paid by either cash or shares, at Peptech’s discretion.

Occurring just six months after the acquisition of Promics which strengthened Peptech’s anti-inflammatory franchise, the Scancell acquisition provides Peptech with expanded options in the treatment of various cancers.

“There is a substantial medical need for new cancer products across the world and these new antibodies will provide us with the ability to enter large and growing markets for new therapies in lucrative cancer markets currently estimated to exceed US$30 billion,” Dr Chiplin said.

“By further developing the more advanced lead compounds in our Sydney facility, and continuing the research effort in the UK to further evaluate the suite of less advanced anti-cancer antibodies, we build upon Peptech's strong expertise in evaluating and developing antibody products.”

About Peptech:

Peptech Limited focuses on the research and development of peptides and proteins in the areas of human pharmaceuticals and animal health. The company is positioned to become a globally recognised leader in biopharmaceutical development.

For further information: www.peptech.com

About Colorectal Cancer:

Colorectal cancer is the cancer with second or third highest incidence in both US and Europe. About 155,000 new cases of colorectal cancer and 24,000 cases of stomach cancer are diagnosed each year in the USA, in Europe about 381,000 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed in 2004. The market for drugs treating colorectal cancer was about $US3.2 billion in 2004, about 13% of global oncology sales.

GTC Biotherapeutics and Scancell Collaborate on SC101 Antibody

FRAMINGHAM, MA and NOTTINGHAM, UK – July 28, 2005 -- GTC Biotherapeutics, Inc. ("GTC", Nasdaq: GTCB) and Scancell Limited (“Scancell”) announced that they have signed a collaboration agreement to evaluate the expression of Scancell’s SC101 anti-cancer monoclonal antibody (MAb) using GTC’s transgenic production platform. Their agreement contemplates that both companies will work toward the establishment of a definitive agreement for the potential clinical development of SC101.

“We look forward to demonstrating the value offered by transgenic technology for the production of antibody products such as SC101,” noted Gregory Liposky, GTC’s Senior Vice President, Operations. “GTC’s technology offers significant advantages for the development of proteins that are projected to be required in large commercial production quantities, when approved, and we believe we can assist Scancell in realizing that potential value.”

Commenting on the agreement, Michael Capaldi, Chief Executive Officer of Scancell, said: "We are very pleased to be working with GTC. This agreement offers Scancell the opportunity to establish development of what we believe will be a very large scale product at significantly lower capital investment."

SC101 is a MAb that targets Lewisy/b. Lewisy/b is a cell surface carbohydrate blood group antigen whose xpression is very low in normal tissue but is over-expressed on breast, colorectal, endometrial, kidney, lung, pancreas and stomach tumours. Mouse antibodies recognizing Lewisy/b have induced tumor cell death and inhibited growth of various tumor lines. In animal studies, tumor growth was inhibited by anti-Lewisy/b antibodies alone, and especially when combined with 5-fluorouracil, an antimetabolite that disrupts cancer cell growth.

About GTC Biotherapeutics

GTC Biotherapeutics is a leader in the development, production, and commercialization of therapeutic proteins through transgenic animal technology. GTC currently has five products in its internal pipeline and a portfolio of external program production opportunities. GTC’s lead program is ATryn®, its recombinant form of human antithrombin. A Market Authorization Application is under review by the European Medicines Agency for the use of ATryn® in patients with a hereditary antithrombin deficiency. In addition to the ATryn® program, GTC is developing a recombinant human alpha-1 antitrypsin, a recombinant human albumin, a malaria vaccine, and a CD137 antibody to stimulate the immune system as a potential treatment for solid tumors. In its external programs, GTC's technology is used to develop transgenic production of its partners’ proprietary products, including both large-volume protein therapeutics as well as products that are difficult to produce in significant quantities from conventional recombinant production systems. One of the external programs is in clinical trials with a transgenically produced product. Additional information is available on the GTC web site, http://www.gtc-bio.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the prospects for anticipated expression of SC101 in a transgenic production system and for a definitive agreement with Scancell for further development of transgenic production for SC101. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such statements. Factors that may cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the risks and uncertainties discussed in GTC's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its other periodic reports as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risks and uncertainties inherent in the development of transgenic expression of compounds and the actions of collaboration partners. GTC cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and GTC undertakes no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law. GTC specifically disclaims responsibility for information describing Scancell, its business and SC101, other than the collaboration with GTC.

About Scancell

Scancell Ltd is a company focused on the discovery and development of products that harness the immune system in a unique way to treat or prevent cancer. The Company, which currently employs 12 individuals, has secured £4.6million of private equity and commercial funding. The Company has built an early stage product pipeline based upon two platforms: directly killing MAbs (‘killer’ MAbs) and its patent protected ImmunoBody® vaccine platform. ‘Killer’ MAbs are raised against ‘cocktails’ of primary human tumours resulting in MAbs that recognize clinically relevant targets. The Company screens for MAbs that directly kill tumour cells (i.e. without the need for antibody-dependant cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) or complement mediated cytotoxicity (CDC)) and have an additive and/or synergistic killing effect in the presence of chemotherapeutics. Scancell has three such products in pre-clinical development and a number of further ‘killer’ MAbs in research. Scancell’s ImmunoBody® technology uses human antibodies as vectors to target clinically relevant T-cell epitopes to activated dendritic cells via the high affinity CD64 receptor thereby initiating cellular immunity against cancers or chronic infectious diseases. For more information about Scancell visit www.scancell.co.uk

Except for the historical information presented herein, matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements, e.g. unforeseen exchange rate and interest rate fluctuations, delayed or unsuccessful development projects.

Statements that are not historical facts, including statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "believes"; "anticipates"; "plans"; "expects"; "estimates"; or similar statements are forward-looking statements. Scancell is not under an obligation to up-date statements regarding the future following the publication of this release; nor to confirm such statements in relation to actual results, unless this is required by law.

Scancell Raises £1.0 Million In Rights Issue

Oxford, UK, 15 June 2005 - Scancell Limited announces the completion of its Rights Issue funding of £1.0m. The round was well supported by Scancell’s existing shareholders who include, Bioscience VCT, Oxford Capital Partners and the Oxford Technology VCTs.

Scancell will use the funds to advance its development programmes as it advances towards the clinic. Based in Biocity, Nottingham, UK, Scancell is one of the leading drug discovery companies focused on cancer therapeutics through the development of its antibody technology. Scancell was founded in 1997 as a spin out of the University of Nottingham by Professor Lindy Durrant.

Cancer remains one of the world’s most significant diseases. A key challenge in the fight against cancer is that many tumours continue to grow by successfully evading the body’s own natural defence mechanism - the immune system. Scancell’s mission is to overcome this breach in our defences by developing products that stimulate the immune system to treat or prevent cancer.

The Company has four therapeutic antibodies in development and a pipeline of improved cancer vaccines based upon its proprietary ImmunoBody® technology. Scancell has already secured major technology-validating collaborations with significant players in the sector including Celltech, Genmab and ISU.

Mike Capaldi, CEO of Scancell, said: “We are pleased to have received strong support from our shareholders. Despite the challenging environment for biotech funding, Scancell has successfully closed this round and is in discussions with a number of commercial partners.”

David Mott, Partner at Oxford Capital Partners, said: “Scancell have made strong scientific progress over the past 18 months and we are confident that the technology will deliver. The new funds will enable Scancell to reach several critical value milestones.”

Scancell Signs New Agreement with Biovation to DeImmunise SC101

Nottingham UK – January 11th 2005 - Scancell Ltd, the Nottingham-based cancer therapeutics company, has announced that it has secured an agreement with Biovation under which Biovation will apply their DeImmunisation technology to up to two further monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) in Scancell’s portfolio, including SC101, Scancell’s anti-cancer MAb against Lewisy/b.

Lewisy/b is a cell surface carbohydrate blood group antigen whose expression is very low in normal tissue but over-expressed on breast, lung, colon and ovarian cancer cells. Mouse antibodies recognising Lewisy/b have induced tumour cell death and inhibited growth of various tumour lines. In animal studies, tumour growth was inhibited by anti-Lewisy/b antibodies alone, and especially when combined with 5-fluorouracil, an antimetabolite that disrupts cancer cell growth.

The DeImmunisationTM technology identifies and removes T-cell epitopes from the therapeutic antibody, which substantially reduces its immunogenicity. Since potentially immunogenic regions of the antibody are removed by single amino acid substitutions, immunogenicity can be eliminated while retaining the biological properties of the starting molecule.

Commenting on the agreement, Professor Lindy Durrant, CSO of Scancell, said: "We are very pleased to be working with Biovation once again. This agreement offers Scancell the opportunity to DeImmunise a further two antibody therapeutics, a vital step in preparing these products for clinical trials."

Dr. Frank Carr, President and Chief Executive Officer at Biovation, commented: "We are delighted to be working with and supporting Scancell in their efforts to develop exciting and innovative anti-cancer therapeutics for the clinic"

Scancell Secures Exclusive Worldwide Licence Agreement

Nottingham, UK – 25th May 2004 – Scancell Ltd, the Nottingham, UK based cancer therapeutics company, has announced that it has secured an agreement with Cancer Research Technology Limited (CRT) under which Scancell has been granted an exclusive worldwide licence to develop and commercialise two cancer vaccines against Tie-2 and CD55 protein targets for the treatment of solid tumours.

Tie-2 and CD55 offer highly promising approaches to the development of novel vaccines using Scancell's ImmunoBody™ technology. Tie-2 is over-expressed on tumour vasculature. Therapeutic vaccines targeting blood vessels can cause vascular collapse and starvation of large tumour areas. CD55 is over-expressed by tumours to protect them from immune attack. A therapeutic vaccine targeting CD55 may therefore destroy tumour cells over-expressing CD55 leaving any remaining cells susceptible to immune clearance through endogenous complement lysis. A combination of both vaccines may lead to dramatic tumour regression by harnessing the body's immune system to 'reject' the tumour.

Commenting on the agreement, Professor Lindy Durrant, CSO of Scancell, said: "We are very pleased that CRT has selected Scancell to develop and commercialise these extremely promising products. This agreement offers Scancell the opportunity to develop two new ImmunoBody™ vaccines for the treatment of solid tumours. The collaboration with CRT is a further example of how we intend to accelerate the development of the ImmunoBody™ programme through partnerships over the next few years."

Dr. Keith Blundy, Chief Operating Officer at CRT, said: "Scancell is well positioned to develop the CD55 and Tie-2 vaccines and we anticipate that this deal will enable cancer patients to benefit from this exciting technology in the future."

Scancell's ImmunoBody® approach involves engineering a human antibody to express epitopes from tumour antigens over-expressed by commercially important solid tumours - in this case Tie-2 and CD55. ImmunoBody™ vaccines efficiently target the dendritic cells in vivo to stimulate effective immunity. They offer the potential to develop more effective vaccines against both cancer and infectious diseases.