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NicOx Announces TOPIGEN Initiates Phase 2 Proof of Concept Study in COPD for TPI 1020
Date:11/20/2007

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- NicOx S.A. (Eurolist: COX) today announced that TOPIGEN Pharmaceuticals Inc. has dosed the first patients in a phase 2 proof of concept study for TPI 1020 in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) - see TOPIGEN press release attached. This new study is expected to provide the first assessment of TPI 1020's potential activity in COPD. TPI 1020 is a new chemical entity and novel anti- inflammatory licensed by TOPIGEN from NicOx for COPD and other respiratory disorders.

This new clinical study follows the recent announcement of promising top- line results from a phase 2a study in asthmatic smokers, where TPI 1020 showed a good safety and tolerability profile, in addition to certain anti- inflammatory effects which could be potentially beneficial in COPD (see press release of September 11, 2007). COPD is a respiratory disease caused by chronic inflammation of the lungs and bronchi and represents the third-leading cause of death in the United States (see NOTE).

Pascal Pfister, Chief Scientific Officer at NicOx, said: "We believe TPI 1020, which has a novel mechanism of action due to NicOx technology, could have the potential to bring real benefits to people suffering from COPD, based on data that has been observed in preclinical studies and the recently reported asthmatic smoker safety study. The progression of the TPI 1020 program is a testament to TOPIGEN's expertise in the respiratory therapeutic area, as well as the broad potential of NicOx' technology, and we see this collaboration as a validation of our strategy of partnering with leading biopharmaceutical companies outside our key therapeutic domains. We look forward to the results of this phase 2 proof of concept study, which should provide an important assessment of the compound's activity."

Under the terms of the agreement signed between NicOx and TOPIGEN in October 2005, TOPIGEN acquired the development and commercialization right
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