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The Sage Group Widens Strategic Role to Assist HemispherX Biopharma in Pandemic Influenza Initiatives as Pacific Rim/Japan Treatment/Prevention Programs Accelerate
Date:5/27/2009

CLINTON, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sage Group, a privately held international health care consulting group, announced today that HemispherX Biopharma has expanded the mandate for The Sage Group to include, in addition to the strategic partnering efforts related to Ampligen (an experimental immunotherapeutic) for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome*, additional partnering efforts related to Ampligen's use to increase the effectiveness of preventative pandemic flu vaccines and the additional role of Alferon LDO (an experimental therapeutic) for treating various types of pandemic flu.

In particular, Sage is assisting HemispherX in its work with the Japanese government in the rapid development of a response strategy for pandemic flu. According to Time Magazine, the number of swine flu cases in Japan are escalating with surprising speed, and health officials are not sure why. The Japanese government on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 confirmed the first two cases of the disease in Tokyo, the world's most populous metropolitan area. Meanwhile, the number of Japanese who have contracted the new flu has more than doubled since May 18 from 130 to 279, a rate of increase that is "without a doubt" the highest in Asia, says Peter Cordingley, regional spokesman for the World Health Organization. "It's explosive."

On Friday morning May 22, 2009, the government was expected to adopt a set of guidelines to fight the flu at the recently established Headquarters for Countermeasures Against Influenza A (H1N1) in Tokyo. The new guidelines will be a modification of an existing plan created to counter the more virulent H5N1 virus, known as avian flu.

Yoshi Mizuta, President of Sage Japan, said, "The Japanese government remains concerned about pandemic flu outbreaks and continues to support initiatives such as Dr. Hasegawa's work (Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases) which uses Ampligen along with a vaccine to prevent av
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