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Palatin Technologies, Inc. Reports Initiation of Human Trials for the Treatment of Congestive Heart Failure
Date:10/31/2007

CRANBURY, N.J., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Palatin Technologies, Inc. (AMEX: PTN) announced today the initiation of dosing in a Phase 1 clinical trial of PL-3994, a long acting analog of atrial natriuretic peptide, under development for treatment of acute decompensated congestive heart failure (CHF). The trial is being conducted under an Investigational New Drug application Palatin submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Future plans include the development of PL-3994 for long term administration in patients with chronic congestive heart failure.

The Phase 1 trial of PL-3994 is a randomized, double-blind, placebo- controlled, single-ascending dose study in healthy volunteers who will receive the drug subcutaneously. The evaluations will include safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and several pharmacodynamic endpoints, including endogenous messenger levels such as cyclic guanosine monophosphate.

Dr. Trevor Hallam, Palatin's Executive Vice President for Research and Development, stated, "We are excited to begin clinical trials of PL-3994, a compound developed by Palatin scientists that has the potential to become a new tool for physicians to advance the treatment of congestive heart failure. CHF is the single most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for patients older than 65 years of age and an underserved medical condition."

Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a naturally produced peptide hormone involved in regulation of water and sodium levels in the circulation. Palatin's PL-3994 is a peptidomimetic compound, which incorporates features of both natural ANP and small molecules.

Preclinical studies have demonstrated that PL-3994 is highly potent. Its longer duratio
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