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Dirucotide Does Not Meet Primary Endpoint in Phase III MAESTRO-01 Trial in Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
Date:7/27/2009

y this result and will be working closely with our clinical team to evaluate these data and the available data from MAESTRO-02 and MAESTRO-03 to determine our next steps," said Kevin Giese, President and CEO of BioMS Medical. "We are fortunate to have suitable resources in place to remain flexible to pursue whatever options emerge once we understand these results more fully."

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Participants may listen to a discussion of the outcome of the MAESTRO-01 study by Kevin Giese, President and CEO of BioMS Medical. The audio webcast is accessible through the Company's web site at www.biomsmedical.com.

About MAESTRO-01

MAESTRO-01 was a multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of dirucotide in patients with SPMS. The study was conducted in Canada and nine countries in Europe and included 612 patients being administered either dirucotide or placebo intravenously every six months for a period of two years.

The primary clinical endpoint for the trial was defined as a statistically significant increase in the time to progression of the disease, as measured by the EDSS, in patients with HLA-DR2 and/or HLA-DR4 immune response genes. It is estimated that up to 70% of all multiple sclerosis patients are HLA-DR2 and/or HLA-DR4 positive(i). The EDSS is the standard for measuring impairment in MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system(ii). MS is caused by damage to myelin, the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibers in the central nervous system, resulting in disrupted nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord(iii). Symptoms of MS may include vision problems, loss of balance, numbnes
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