Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has proven effective in the prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced neutropenia and as a mobilizer of peripheral blood progenitor cells. The longevity of G-CSF action is limited by its removal from the body by two mechanisms. The first is thought to be mediated via receptors (receptor mediated clearance [RMC]) predominantly on neutrophils, the second process is likely the result of renal clearance. With the intention of developing a novel form of Filgrastim (r-met HuG-CSF) with a sustained duration of action in vivo, a new derivative named SD/01 has been made by association of Filgrastim with poly(ethylene glycol). The desired properties of this new agent would include a prolonged duration of action sufficient to cover a complete single course of chemotherapy. SD/01 is shown here to sustain significantly elevated neutrophil counts in hematopoietically normal mice for 5 days. In neutropenic mice effects were noted for at least 9 days, accompanying a significant reduction in the duration of chemotherapy induced neutropenia. Normal human volunteers showed higher than baseline ANC for around 9 to 10 days after a single injection of SD/01. Data from these normal volunteers also indicate that mobilization of CD34+ cells and progenitors may occur in a more timely manner and to around the same absolute numbers as with repeated daily injections of unmodified Filgrastim. These data indicate that SD/01 represents an efficacious novel form of Filgrastim with actions sustained for between one and two weeks from a single injection.