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Biopure Announces Publication of Phase II Proof-of-Concept Coronary Trial
Date:5/14/2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Biopure Corporation (Nasdaq: BPUR) today announced that the results from its Phase II coronary revascularization trial have been published in the peer-reviewed EuroIntervention Journal. The paper is entitled "Proof-of-concept trial to evaluate haemoglobin based oxygen therapeutics in elective percutaneous coronary revascularization. Rationale, protocol design, and haemodynamic results." The manuscript was authored by principal investigator Patrick W. Serruys, MD, PhD and colleagues of the Department of Interventional Cardiology, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus MC, University Medical Centre Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

"Biopure's COR-0002 study in the EuroIntervention Journal demonstrates the potential use of Hemopure (HBOC-201) in patients with coronary artery disease," said Biopure Chairman and CEO Zafiris G. Zafirelis. "Based on the efficacy and safety of the drug in this trial, we believe that Hemopure could be an oxygen bridge to prevent permanent myocardial damage in patients sustaining a heart attack."

The COR-0002 trial is a single-blind, open-label, single-center, cross- over pilot study where subjects underwent coronary balloon occlusion, with and without oxygenated HBOC-201. The primary objective of the study was to test the hypothesis that intracoronary infusion of HBOC-201 during brief, total coronary artery occlusion would preserve left ventricular function. The primary endpoints in COR-0002 were left ventricular diastolic relaxation indices as assessed by left ventricular pressure-volume loops and ST segment changes as assessed via electrocardiograms.

The study concluded that HBOC-201 was indeed capable of preserving left ventricular function, likely through mainte
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