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Sangart, Inc. Initiates Dosing in Phase II Study of Hemospan(R) in Chronic Critical Limb Ischemia

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangart, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of oxygen transport agents, announced today that it has started testing its lead product, Hemospan(R), in a Phase II clinical study involving chronic critical limb ischemia (CCLI) patients.

The single-blind, placebo-controlled study at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Hemospan in patients suffering from CCLI, a debilitating condition that results from severely limited blood circulation to the legs. The primary endpoint is tissue oxygenation measured noninvasively.

The goal of this study is to demonstrate that Hemospan can increase oxygen supply to severely compromised tissue, conclusively establishing it as an 'oxygen-carrying plasma expander,'" said Dr. Robert Winslow, Chairman, President and CEO of Sangart.

Hemospan is a hemoglobin-based oxygen transport agent designed to serve as an oxygen therapeutic and as an alternative to blood transfusions. A key property of Hemospan is its high oxygen affinity which results in targeted oxygen delivery to tissues at risk of oxygen deprivation.

About Sangart

Sangart is a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of medical products designed for use as oxygen transport agents.

Dr. Robert Winslow, a world-renowned authority in the field of oxygen transport, founded Sangart in 1998. In the two decades prior to founding Sangart, Dr. Winslow and his colleagues studied and defined mechanisms of oxygen transport by cell-free hemoglobin solutions, funded by competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. The counterintuitive discoveries by Dr. Winslow's group on the effective action of oxygen transport agents have been patented and published in numerous scientific articles. From this experience, Sangart's lead product, Hemospan(R), was designed using unique polyethylene glycol conjugation to create a hemoglobin-based product that is intended to serve as an oxygen therapeutic and as an alternative to donated blood.

The key breakthroughs in the development of Hemospan were the understanding of the mechanisms of vasoconstriction caused by cell-free hemoglobin and the development of simplified production methods that are designed to make the final product commercially viable.

Sangart's corporate headquarters are in San Diego, California. To learn more about Sangart, please visit the company's website at

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