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Sangart, Inc. Initiates Phase IIa Study of Oxygen Therapeutic Agent MP4OX in Severe Trauma Patients With Hemorrhagic Shock
Date:12/9/2009

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangart, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing life-saving medicines specifically designed to enhance the perfusion and oxygenation of ischemic (oxygen deprived) tissues through targeted oxygen delivery, today announced the initiation of a dose-finding study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of MP4OX treatment plus standard of care in severely injured trauma patients with lactic acidosis due to hemorrhagic shock. MP4OX is a novel oxygen therapeutic agent that is designed to provide rapid oxygen delivery to ischemic tissues.

"Pre-clinical studies suggest that MP4OX has the potential to improve outcomes after major trauma. When a lot of blood has been lost and patients are in shock, MP4OX may increase the delivery of oxygen to the body and therefore prevent organs from failing," said Karim Brohi, Professor of Trauma Sciences at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry and lead study investigator. "The initiation of this clinical trial is an important step in finding a treatment that can improve patient outcomes after major trauma."

The clinical trial will be a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, controlled study that will enroll up to 75 patients who have suffered hemorrhagic shock with lactic acidosis across approximately 12 trial sites in Europe and South Africa. The primary objective of the study is to measure reduction in lactate levels after infusion of MP4OX. Acute traumatic injury, including both blunt and penetrating trauma is often associated with severe bleeding which can lead to hemorrhagic shock. During shock, inadequate perfusion of critical organs can lead to insufficient oxygenation of tissues, which can be detected by an increase in lactate levels.

"The initiation of this study is another key milestone for Sangart as we continue to develop medicines designed to enhance the delivery of oxygen to tissues and organ
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