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Southampton scientists begin Phase II patient trial for new asthma treatment
Date:4/8/2010

units funded by the National Institute for Health Research."

Over the next 9 - 15 months, asthma patients taking part in the study who visit the Biomedical Research Unit at Southampton General Hospital will be given either interferon beta or a placebo by inhalation, when they develop cold or flu symptoms.

The results will be used to determine if inhaled interferon beta is a viable treatment for virus-triggered asthma symptoms.

Scientists have already established that the drug was well tolerated in an earlier Phase I trial in asthma patients and that anti-viral defences were activated.

Richard Marsden, CEO of Synairgen, comments: "We are delighted to be starting this pivotal study. If these tests are successful it could lead to a new treatment being on the market in four years or so. This is very important research and showcases the best of British clinical science and interaction between industry and academic researchers."

Once the study has begun in Southampton, it will be extended to other clinical trial sites around the UK.


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Contact: Sophie Docker
S.Docker@soton.ac.uk
44-023-805-98933
University of Southampton
Source:Eurekalert

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