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Biopure Reaffirms Strategy Following Recent NIH/FDA Workshop
Date:5/7/2008

Panel on Hemoglobin-Based Oxygen Carriers Indicates Support for Continued

Investigational Use Where Blood Is Not an Option

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Biopure Corporation (Nasdaq: BPUR) announced today that the Company's strategy to pursue indications for its product Hemopure(R) [hemoglobin glutamer-250 (bovine)] , or HBOC-201, when blood is not an option was reinforced by the National Institutes of Health/Food and Drug Administration (NIH/FDA) recent workshop. The workshop, entitled "The Safety of Hemoglobin-based Oxygen Carriers," took place on April 29 and 30, 2008 in Bethesda, Maryland. The purpose of a public workshop is to discuss issues in featured presentations and roundtable discussions led by experts from academic institutions, government, and industry. No actions are typically taken at workshops. The transcript is expected to be available on the FDA website by late May 2008.

"A number of participants in this important workshop recognize the therapeutic potential that Hemoglobin-based Oxygen Carriers (HBOCs) offer to patients who may not have the option of receiving packed red blood cells," said Biopure Chairman and CEO Zafiris G. Zafirelis. "The company's initial strategy with Hemopure was to develop indications in the treatment of adult surgical patients who are acutely anemic, as in South Africa, where Hemopure has market authorization and is being used clinically. We also believe there are excellent applications for its use where blood is not indicated, and in out-of-hospital treatment of trauma patients in hemorrhagic shock, where red blood cells are not available."

Biopure Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. A. Gerson Greenburg delivered the company's presentation,
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