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Helix BioPharma Receives Approval to Initiate Phase II Pharmacokinetic Clinical Study of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in Patients with Low-Grade Cervical Lesions
Date:3/16/2009

AURORA, Ontario, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX, FSE: "HBP") announced that it has received the necessary regulatory approvals in Germany to initiate its planned Phase II pharmacokinetic study of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in patients with low-grade cervical lesions.

The clinical study was designed, as mandated by regulatory authorities, to gather data on the absorption and elimination profile of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in patients with low-grade cervical lesions, in addition to further data on its safety and efficacy. Depending on the data generated in the study, it is expected that interim results, which Helix anticipates will be received during its fiscal fourth quarter 2009, will allow the company to proceed with its planned regulatory filings in the U.S. and Europe respectively for its future Phase IIb and Phase III pivotal efficacy trials for this indication.

"This clinical study will build upon our previous clinical findings and increase our understanding of the drug's pharmacokinetic profile in patients with low-grade cervical lesions," said John Docherty, president of Helix BioPharma. "Receiving the necessary approvals to commence this study is a significant step as we continue to advance the clinical development of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b for this important therapeutic indication."

About the Clinical Study

The primary objective of the clinical study is to determine the multiple-dose pharmacokinetic profile of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b following intravaginal application every other day of a total of 14 doses of the cream. Following the pharmacokinetic portion of the trial, assessment of efficacy and safety parameters will continue until 35 doses of the cream have been applied. As such, the clinical study is designed to also provide support for the dosing regimen intended to be applied in the future to U.S. Phase IIb and European Phase III p
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