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NPS Reports Successful GATTEX(TM) Extension Study
Date:3/17/2008

>-- Patients treated with low-dose GATTEX demonstrated a mean 51% reduction

in PN volume from pretreatment baseline to the end of 52 weeks of

therapy (p< 0.001) and those treated with high-dose GATTEX experienced

a mean 24% reduction (p< 0.001).

-- Six out of six (100%) patients who had previously received placebo in

the Phase 3 study and were randomized to low-dose GATTEX therapy, and

two out of seven (29%) patients who had previously received placebo in

the Phase 3 study and were randomized to high-dose GATTEX therapy,

achieved a 20% or greater reduction in PN after a total of 28 weeks of

therapy in the extension study.

-- The two low-dose patients and one high-dose patient who were able to

discontinue PN in the Phase 3 study remained off PN after 52 weeks of

GATTEX therapy.

Bernard Messing, M.D., Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition Support at Hopital Lariboisiere-St. Lazare, Paris, stated: "These data support and expand upon previous clinical findings that showed low-dose GATTEX to be a safe and effective potential therapy for short bowel syndrome patients dependent on Parenteral Nutrition. This study provides interesting and very promising results, as improvement of this debilitating chronic disease associated with severe intestinal failure is so difficult to achieve with current treatment options."

Francois Nader, M.D., chief executive officer-elect, stated: "We are very pleased with these results, which reinforce our belief that GATTEX may be a potential new standard of care for SBS. The consistency of these data with the previously reported Phase 3 results is encouraging and we look forward to presenting the full data sets for both studies at upcoming medical meetings. We continue to communicate with FDA and work with our partner Nycomed to complete the design of the confirmatory Phase 3 study, which we expect to initiate in
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