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Pharmacopeia Initiates Phase 2 Hypertension Study with PS433540 (DARA)
Date:9/17/2007

of 200 mg and 500 mg) receiving PS433540 or placebo once daily for 28 days. Following the four week treatment period, investigators will evaluate the patients' change from baseline in mean 24-hour ambulatory systolic blood pressure; mean 24-hour ambulatory diastolic blood pressure; and mean seated systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

"We are very pleased to have initiated this important Phase 2a concept validation study of PS433540 approximately six months ahead of our original clinical development timeline," said Les Browne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacopeia. "The goal of this study is to prove that PS433540 lowers blood pressure in hypertensive patients."

Results from the initial Phase 1 trial of PS433540, a single ascending dose (SAD) study, indicated that the compound was well tolerated at all six doses administered ranging from 20 mg to 1,000 mg and that the compound has a half-life that is consistent with once daily administration. In the Phase 1 multiple ascending dose (MAD) study, 4 dose levels ranging from 50 mg to 500 mg did not produce safety or tolerability issues. Consistent with prior guidance, Pharmacopeia expects to report results of an on-going Phase 1 angiotensin II challenge study in September or early in the fourth quarter; and initiate a Phase 1 endothelin challenge study later this year. These studies are designed to evaluate the dual pharmacology of PS433540 in healthy individuals.

"We are approaching this Phase 2a study with great anticipation as it is designed to provide us with important initial indications regarding PS433540's therapeutic potential in patients with cardiovascular disease," stated Rene Belder, M.D., Pharmacopeia's Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs.

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