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NephRx Corp. Awarded U.S. Patent for Use of Novel Growth Factor Peptide NX002 in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Date:3/23/2011

to a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, which cause chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract and lead to a variety of symptoms, including ulceration, pain, vomiting, diarrhea, edema, bleeding and fluid loss.  IBD is a chronic condition with periods of active disease alternating with periods of remission.  It can limit quality of life and may lead to life-threatening complications. IBD is thought to result from an immune reaction of the body against its own intestinal tissue.  It is treated with surgery and with a variety of systemic and local anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory agents, but many involve potentially serious side effects and efficacy varies.  According to the American College of Gastroenterology, there are more than one million people with IBD in the U.S. alone.  These diseases account for 700,000 physician visits per year and 100,000 annual hospitalizations.

About NephRxNephRx Corporation is a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to the discovery and development of therapeutic products for the treatment of acute kidney failure and other renal disorders, and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including mucositis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  NX001 is currently in Phase I testing and will be developed initially for the treatment of delayed graft function in kidney transplant patients.  NX002 is in late stage preclinical development as a potential treatment for oral mucositis and in preclinical studies for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.  For more information, visit www.nephrx.com.Contacts:Corporate:Media:NephRx Corp.

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Barbara Lindheim(269) 838-4785

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