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BioLineRx Announces New Positive Results in Phase 2a trial for Orally Available Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment
Date:11/26/2013

tion correlates with the Mayo endoscopic score for disease severity. IL-6 levels were also significantly reduced (p=0.046) in patients treated with BL-7040, and most patients with reduced cytokine levels showed clinical improvement. 

"These positive results are an extension of the initial positive results of the Phase 2a trial for BL-7040, which showed that this promising drug is both safe and effective in treating ulcerative colitis. In fact, the clinical improvement in this trial was achieved after a relatively short treatment period, which leads us to believe that BL-7040 would have an even stronger beneficial effect after longer treatment duration," said Dr. Kinneret Savitsky, CEO of BioLineRx. "The new results, which show that BL-7040 significantly reduces inflammatory factors, such as neutrophils and cytokines, support BL-7040's mechanism of action – the ability to suppress the specific processes underlying the disease. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, both forms of IBD, are prevalent conditions that affect the quality of life of millions of people across the globe. It is estimated that as many as 1.4 million persons in the United States suffer from these diseases. In addition to discomfort, which can be quite extreme, IBD can cause significant complications, including anemia, abscesses and more. Current treatments are far from satisfactory, and many people stand to benefit from a new and effective treatment for this condition. We believe that the positive results seen throughout the phase 2a study, as well its oral availability, make BL-7040 an attractive potential future treatment option."

About the Phase 2a Study                       
The Phase 2a trial was an open-label, proof-of-concept study to evaluate the efficacy, pharmacodynamics, safety and to
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