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Bionovo Initiates Menerba (MF101) Phase 3 Clinical Trial for Menopausal Hot Flashes
Date:10/26/2011

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bionovo, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNVI), a pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of safe and effective treatments for women's health and cancer, today announced that enrollment has started to the Phase 3 pivotal clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of two doses of Menerba™ (MF101) among a cohort of postmenopausal women for the treatment of menopausal hot flashes.

The Phase 3, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial evaluating Menerba is currently open for enrollment. A total of 50 clinical sites in the U.S. will enroll 1,200 postmenopausal women between the ages of 40 and 65 years. Participants will be randomized to Menerba 5g/day, Menerba 10g/day or placebo and treated for 12 weeks. The primary aims of the study are to determine the safety and efficacy of two doses of Menerba compared to placebo after 12 weeks of treatment.  Efficacy will be measured by the reduction of moderate to severe hot flushes from baseline to 12 weeks of treatment. Dr. Wulf Utian, Executive Director Emeritus and Honorary Founding President of the North America Menopause Society and Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University is serving as the Principal Investigator for the study.

"We have had a very busy and productive year preparing for today's important launch of the late stage clinical trial in the field of women's health. As predicted from our vast toxicology data and the mechanism of action, we showed that higher doses of Menerba were very safe and demonstrated a level of efficacy similar to hormone therapy. Today we are proceeding with our first pivotal Phase 3 trial of Menerba with great optimism and enthusiasm. We are elated to be one step closer to providing a truly novel agent for the treatment of menopausal hot flashes to the 40 million women in need of
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