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Biopure Sues National Institutes of Health Official
Date:10/28/2008

Complaint Alleges Defamation, Trade Libel and Intentional Interference with

Prospective Business Advantage

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Biopure Corporation (Nasdaq: BPUR) announced today that it had filed an action for injunctive relief and damages against Charles Natanson, M.D., who co-authored an article and several letters about Hemopure, hemoglobin glutamer-250 (bovine), Biopure's oxygen therapeutic product for human use. The action was filed on October 10, 2008, in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. Natanson is senior investigator and head of the anesthesia section of the Critical Care Medicine Department, Clinical Center, of the National Institutes of Health.

The complaint alleges that in publishing the article "Cell-Free Hemoglobin-Based Blood Substitutes and Risk of Myocardial Infarction and Death" (published by the Journal of the American Medical Association online on April 28, 2008) and writing a number of letters to regulatory authorities in jurisdictions where Biopure is active, Natanson engaged in tortious activity that injured Biopure. Biopure seeks injunctive relief and damages for defamation, trade libel/injurious falsehood and intentional interference with prospective business advantage.

Natanson has not yet filed an answer or any other response.

Biopure Corporation

Biopure Corporation develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceuticals, called oxygen therapeutics that are intravenously administered to deliver oxygen to the body's tissues. Hemopure(R) [hemoglobin glutamer -- 250 (bovine)], or HBOC-201, is approved for sale in South Africa for the treatment of surgical patients who are acutely anemic. The Company is developing Hemopur
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