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Emmaus Medical, Inc. Enters Into Sub-License Agreement for Treatment of Short Bowel Syndrome
Date:12/19/2007

Torrance-based firm will introduce NutreStore(TM) in spring 2008

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmaus Medical, Inc., a Torrance, California based pharmaceutical company, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive sublicense agreement with Cato BioVentures of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina for the patent protected drug NutreStore(TM) brand L-Glutamine. Under this agreement, Emmaus will commercialize NutreStore(TM), which is approved by the FDA for use in combination with human growth hormone as a treatment for short bowel syndrome (SBS). Emmaus will be introducing NutreStore(TM) in the spring of 2008 and projects that its sales will greatly contribute to its short and long term financial performance of the company.

SBS is a serious and life threatening condition afflicting around 20,000 Americans who have lost large portions of their small intestine. This leads to a malnourished condition requiring total parenteral nutrition (TPN) through intravenous feeding.

NutreStore(TM) in conjunction with human growth hormone and an appropriate diet is the first new treatment since the development of TPN for patients with short bowel syndrome. Clinical studies of this combination therapy administered to SBS patients dependent upon TPN for nutritional support showed a significant reduction in the required weekly volume, caloric content and frequency of TPN administration compared to patients treated with human growth hormone alone. "This combination therapy offers patients a unique opportunity to improve intestinal absorption of food, which leads to a much better quality of life for SBS patients," said Douglas Wilmore, M.D., a board member of Emmaus. Dr. Wilmore is an Emeritus Frank Sawyer Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, the inventor of this SBS treatment, and Editor-in-Chief of the Medscape General Surgery section of Medscape Today, at http://www.WebMD.com'/>"/>

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