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Clinical Update - Debio 025 in Hepatitis C
Date:4/28/2008

Presentation of Phase IIa Efficacy Results

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Debiopharm Group (Debiopharm), a global independent biopharmaceutical development specialist focusing on serious medical conditions, particularly oncology, presented positive efficacy results of a phase IIa study with Debio 025, a selective cyclophilin (Cyp) inhibitor with a potent in-vitro and in-vivo anti-hepatitis C (HCV) effect. Data indicates that Debio 025 shows an important additive anti-HCV effect when co-administered with pegylated Interferon (Peg-IFN) alpha-2a to treatment- naive HCV patients. Debiopharm presented these findings at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver, in Milan, Italy.

The double-blind, placebo-controlled study investigated different dose regimens of Debio 025 in combination with alpha-2a Peg-IFN 180 Mug/week in treatment naive chronic HCV mono-infected patients. Ninety patients were randomised to receive either of the following treatment regimens during 29 days: Peg-IFN with placebo; Peg-IFN with Debio 025 200 mg/day; Peg-IFN with Debio 025 600 mg/day; Peg-IFN with Debio 025 1000 mg/day; and Debio 025 1000 mg/day.

In patients with genotypes 1 and 4, at day 29, the HCV-RNA reduction was -4.6 log10 IU/mL in the Peg-IFN with Debio 025 600 mg/day arm, and -4.8 log10 IU/mL in the Debio 025 1000 mg/day arm. This was significantly different (p< 0.05) from the Peg-IFN with placebo, as well as the Debio 025 1000 mg/day monotherapy arms, in which the reduction in viral load was respectively -2.49 and -2.20. In these two arms, at day 29, the proportion of subjects with undetectable viral load was 25%. This number increased to 66% in the Peg-IFN with Debio 025 1000 mg/day group.

"To obtain these exciting results after an administration period of only one month is promising and demonstrates that Debio 025 will be a breakthrough in the treatment of HCV infections," said Kame
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