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Bionovo Announces Enrollment Started in the Menerba (MF101) Phase 1 "Tolerability" Clinical Trial for Menopausal Hot Flushes
Date:3/28/2011

search, Lincoln, CA


  • Telephone: 916-434-8230

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    Northern California Research, Sacramento, CA


  • Telephone: 916-484-0500

  • IRB approval has been sought and is expected soon at a third site:3.
    Alta Bates, Jordan Research and Education Institute, Berkeley, CA


  • Telephone: 510-849-0417 extension 12
  • About MenerbaMenerba is an oral drug candidate designed for the safe, effective treatment of vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes) associated with menopause, which is manufactured from botanical sources. Menerba is an estrogen receptor beta (ER-b) selective drug, developed as an alternative to the products currently on the market which have been shown to increase the risk for breast and uterine cancers. It has been shown that the increased risk of breast and uterine cancers is associated with activation of estrogen receptor alpha (ER-a) and that activation of estrogen receptor beta (ER-b) blocks the growth promoting effects on breast cancer cells. The active ingredients in Menerba are derived from botanicals with centuries of recorded safe, effective use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Bionovo recognizes the opportunity to commercialize a product that would be as effective as hormone therapy, without the health risks. Menerba has completed a Phase 2 trial with positive results for efficacy and has been evaluated by an independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board and passed through a standard two-round examination for safety. Menerba also has been shown in animal studies to prevent the proliferation of breast cancer and to have a beneficial effect on osteoporosis, though this has not yet been studied in humans.

    About Bionovo, Inc.Bionovo, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of safe and effective treatments for women's health and cancer, markets with significant unmet needs and billions in potential annual reven
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