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

HE") grade by a minimum of two grades by the end of Day 7 in the SEPET treatment group versus the standard medical care group, using a 1:1 randomization between the two groups; and 2) the 30-day transplant free survival rate in all patients (i.e. control and treatment groups) who do reach a two grade HE improvement versus all patients who do not reach a two grade HE improvement. Pending review and approval by the Data Safety Monitoring Board, the third segment would permit the size of the trial to be increased by an additional 52 patients, if the co-primary efficacy endpoints are reached or have not reached statistical significance but have shown a positive trend. If the co-primary endpoints of the trial are reached upon completion of segment two, extension of the trial into segment three may result in the achievement of statistical significance of one or more secondary endpoints of the trial relating to clinical, functional, and reimbursement advantages for SEPET treatment over standard medical care.

Patient Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria for the Trial

To be a candidate for the pivotal trial, a patient must have chronic liver disease and be experiencing an acute episode that results in hospitalization with an HE grade of between II and IV. In addition, the patient must not be responding satisfactorily to standard medical care (e.g. fluid replacement, antibiotics, lactulose) for 20 to 26 hours prior to randomization. Patients contraindicated for a liver transplant (e.g. advanced liver cancer patients and drinking alcoholics) are excluded from the trial.

"We hope to shortly receive permission from the German regulatory authority to begin segment one of the pivotal trial at one or two clinical sites in Germany," commented Mr. Cain. "Over the next several months we will also seek IRB approvals for up to 24 clinical sites in the United States and Europe. While we currently have very limited financial resources, we hope that the FDA's approval to initi
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