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Bionovo Presents Positive Results from Phase 1B Trial of Bezielle for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Date:8/4/2009

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"We are encouraged by the results of the Company's second Phase 1 trial in women with advanced breast cancer," said Isaac Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Bionovo. "Despite improvements in currently available breast cancer therapies, the five-year survival rate of women who develop metastatic disease is still only 27%. Many of these therapies cause women with advanced breast cancer additional discomfort through severe side effects resulting in a poor quality of life at the end of life. There are currently over 160,000 women in the United States living with advanced breast cancer who are eagerly awaiting an oral anticancer drug with minimal side effects that can extend life without profoundly diminishing their quality of life. We are aiming to improve the extract formulation so we can further improve on the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with Bezielle treatment. We believe Bezielle may be an important new anticancer agent because its biological selectivity allows it to kill cancer cells without affecting normal cells. This also leads to a dramatically lower side effect profile."

Bezielle

Bezielle is an oral drug designed for the treatment of advanced breast cancer with a novel mechanism of action. Bezielle targets diseased cells while leaving normal cells healthy and intact. Normal cells depend primarily on the citric acid cycle (>85%) and very little on glycolysis (<7%) for energy production. Cancer cells depend largely on glycolysis (>85%) for energy production. Bezielle induces greater production of reactive oxygen species in cancer cells. This results in high levels of DNA damage and the hyperactivation of PARP. The resulting depletion of NAD and ATP (PARP substrates), results in the inhibition of glycolysis, energetic collapse, and programmed necrosis.

There are currently no effective therapeutic cures for advanced breast cancer and treatment is primarily aimed at palliati
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