SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIA Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: VIAP), a biotechnology company focused on the development of compounds for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, today announced the expansion of its clinical advisory board. Joining the clinical advisory board's chair, Marc Pfeffer, M.D., Ph.D., Dzau Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Senior Physician, Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, and Jean-Claude Tardif, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Montreal, and Director of Research, Montreal Heart Institute, are Marcelo Di Carli, M.D., Associate Professor of Radiology, and Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Robert Fenichel, M.D., Ph.D, Former Deputy Division Director, Division of CardioRenal Drug Products, Food and Drug Administration; Peter Libby, M.D., Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine, and Chief, Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital; and, Jean-Lucien Rouleau, M.D., Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal.
"The addition of these well-respected physicians to VIA's clinical advisory board comes at an important time in our history," said Larry Cohen, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of VIA. "As we prepare for the release of Phase II clinical trial data in the middle of 2008, our clinical advisory board will provide independent medical, scientific, and regulatory guidance in supporting our efforts to advance VIA-2291 as a treatment of cardiovascular disease."
VIA's lead product candidate, VIA-2291, is a small molecule drug that targets inflammation in the blood vessel wall, a primary disease process in atherosclerosis. VIA-2291 is a potent, selective and reversible inhibitor of 5-LO, which is a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes (important mediators of inflammation involved in the development and progression of atherosclerosis). VIA-2291 is being developed as a once-daily, oral drug to target inflammation in the blood vessel wall, thereby potentially decreasing the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events, including heart attack and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, 15.8 million patients in the U.S. have coronary artery disease.
About VIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
VIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the development of compounds for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. VIA is building a pipeline of small-molecule drugs that target a significant unmet medical need: reducing inflammation in the blood vessel wall, which is an underlying cause of atherosclerosis and its complications, including heart attack and stroke. The company's lead drug candidate, VIA-2291, is in multiple Phase II clinical studies in patients with cardiovascular disease. For more information, visit: http://www.viapharmaceuticals.com.
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* our ability to obtain necessary financing;
* our ability to control our operating expenses;
* our ability to recruit and enroll patients for the CEA, ACS and FDG-
PET clinical trials;
* our ability to successfully complete our clinical trials of VIA-2291
on expected timetables and the outcomes of such clinical trials;
* the results of our clinical trials, including without limitation,
with respect to the safety and efficacy of VIA-2291;
* the outcome of any legal proceedings;
* our ability to obtain necessary FDA approvals;
* our ability to successfully commercialize VIA-2291;
* our ability to obtain and protect our intellectual property related
to our product candidates;
* our potential for future growth and the development of our product
* our ability to form and maintain collaborative relationships to
develop and commercialize our product candidates;
* general economic and business conditions; and
* the other risks described under the heading "Risk Factors" in our
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2007 on
file with the SEC and in Amendment No. 3 to our Registration
Statement on Form S-3, filed with the SEC October 15, 2007.
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