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Pharmacopeia Announces Additional Positive Findings from Phase 1 Multiple Ascending Dose Study of PS433540 (DARA)
Date:12/3/2007

Results Show Statistically Significant Indications of PS433540's Potential

in Treating Hypertension

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pharmacopeia (Nasdaq: PCOP), an innovator in the discovery and development of novel small molecule therapeutics, announced today additional results from the Company's Phase 1 multiple ascending dose (MAD) study of its lead internal product candidate, PS433540 (DARA). Data demonstrated that PS433540 produced statistically significant, dose dependent increases in plasma-renin activity levels, as well as reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. These findings are in addition to previously reported initial results from the MAD trial that showed all doses of PS433540 to be safe and well-tolerated. This MAD study was designed to evaluate the 14-day safety and tolerability of 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 mg doses of PS433540 in healthy volunteers.

The trial's positive plasma-renin activity and blood pressure findings provide preliminary insight into the potential of PS433540 to treat hypertension. Study investigators witnessed a dose dependent increase in plasma-renin activity levels for PS433540, which was more pronounced at Day 15 than at Day 1. This observed increase in plasma-renin activity is indicative of PS433540's ability to block the angiotensin receptor, a key target in efforts to lower and control blood pressure in hypertensive patients. Furthermore, associated with the increase in plasma-renin activity levels was a decrease in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure for PS433540 of up to 15 mmHg.

"While safety and tolerability of PS433540 across a broad range of doses up to 1,000 mg are the most important results of the MAD study, we are especially pleased to see, that even in healthy normotensive volunteers, signs of the compound's potential therapeutic activity are clearly discernable. Although preliminary, these results support the potential uti
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