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Bioniche Completes Recruitment in First Phase III Clinical Trial with Urocidin(TM)
Date:3/31/2009

           -105 high-grade refractory patients recruited in trial;
             complete efficacy data to be available in one year-

BELLEVILLE, ON, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: BNC), a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has completed recruitment in its initial Phase III registration trial evaluating Urocidin(TM) in the treatment of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer that is refractory (unresponsive) to the current standard immunotherapy - Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG).

In this U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved and Fast Track designated trial, 105 evaluable patients with non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer received Urocidin in an open label trial. Thirty-one urology centres in North America participated, with Dr. Alvaro Morales, Director of the Centre for Advanced Urological Research and Professor in the Department of Urology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada as Global Principal Investigator.

"We are pleased to have achieved this milestone with the enthusiastic support of the clinical investigators," said Dr. Francois Charette, Chief Medical Officer at Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. "We look forward to having efficacy and safety data available to share with urologists."

Data from the full cohort of evaluable patients from this trial, coupled with additional safety information to be collected from a second clinical trial that will start later this year, will be used to support regulatory submissions under the FDA's Accelerated Approval program.

Bioniche plans to conduct a second registration trial that will directly compare the efficacy and safety of Urocidin with BCG in the first-line treatment of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. In September, 2007, the Company announced that an agreement had been reached with the FDA under the Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) procedure on the d
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