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Arbios Receives Approval From the FDA to Initiate Pivotal Trial for SEPET(TM) Liver Assist Device
Date:5/12/2008

WALTHAM, Mass., May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arbios Systems, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ABOS) announced today that the Company has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") of an Investigational Device Exemption ("IDE") to begin the pivotal clinical trial for SEPET(TM), Arbios' extracorporeal (outside the body) liver assist device for blood purification of acutely ill patients suffering from chronic liver disease.

"We are pleased to have received FDA approval to start the SEPET pivotal trial and to have fully satisfied the points addressed in the FDA's previously issued conditional approval," commented CEO and President Shawn Cain. "We were pleased with the compelling results from the SEPET feasibility trial, and we are excited to initiate the pivotal clinical phase of SEPET's development. The pivotal trial design includes adaptive measures to optimize our ability to achieve the trial's primary and secondary endpoints. We believe that the pivotal trial, if successful, should support our filing for approval of SEPET in the United States and marketing efforts in the United States and the European Union. Further, we believe that the design of this trial will enhance physician acceptance of SEPET as a much needed tool in sustaining patients through acute life threatening episodes of liver failure, a market which we believe exceeds a billion dollars annually."

Trial Design

There are three segments to the pivotal trial design. During the first segment of the trial, 5 non-randomized patients will be treated with SEPET to allow us to validate the patient selection criteria, clinical protocol, case report forms, and other trial related documents. During the second segment of the trial, we expect to enroll 116 patients in this randomized, controlled phase of the trial. This segment is targeted to achieve the co-primary endpoints, which are 1) the percentage of patients achieving improvement in hepatic encephalopathy ("
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