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Asubio Initiates Landmark Clinical Study in Spinal Cord Injury
Date:4/23/2012

PARAMUS, N.J., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Asubio announced the initiation of a landmark Phase 2 clinical trial of SUN13837, an investigational medication being developed to improve neurological function in patients with newly diagnosed acute spinal cord injury.

In accordance with its internal focus on scientific rigor, Asubio recently discussed its endpoint development activities at a peer-attended symposium at the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) annual meeting. The company also reinforced its long-term strategic and financial commitment to completing the clinical trial.

Asubio is working with 60 acute trauma centers throughout the United States and Canada to enroll 164 patients in the clinical trial.  Trauma centers must first sign on to participate in the study, and then attending trauma physicians and nurses will identify eligible patients when they arrive at a facility with a spinal cord injury. Physicians or trauma center representatives can write Ben Levinson at blevinson@asubio.com for more information about participation, or visit ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT01502631).

"Valid clinical trial programs, such as the acute spinal cord injury study being supported by Asubio provide an objective path to understanding and improving life after spinal cord injury," said John Steeves, PhD, Peter Wall Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Professor and Founding Director of ICORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries).  "I encourage all Level One Trauma Centers to consider informing and enrolling appropriate participants."

This randomized, placebo-controlled study will determine whether subjects receiving SUN13837 are more likely to improve by two or more motor levels from baseline on either their right or left side as determined using the International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury Scale.  Patients will be selecte
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