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Sangart Completes Enrollment in Phase III Study of Its Novel Blood Substitute Hemospan
Date:3/24/2008

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangart, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of blood substitutes, today announced that it has completed enrollment in a Phase III trial of its lead product Hemospan(R).

The completed study of 460 patients is one of two parallel Phase III clinical trials being conducted at 36 academic medical centers in the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland and the Czech Republic. The two randomized, placebo-controlled studies, which will enroll a combined total of more than 800 elective orthopedic surgery patients, are designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Hemospan in preventing and treating hemodynamic instability, especially hypotension, or low blood pressure, during surgery.

"We are pleased to have completed enrollment in this Phase III study," said Dr. Robert Winslow, Chairman, President and CEO of Sangart. "This represents a major milestone for Sangart as we continue to gather evidence of Hemospan's potential to satisfy the significant and growing demand for a safe and effective agent to improve oxygen transport in clinical settings where blood is often transfused."

Sangart also announced that enrollment in the second Phase III study is progressing well and is expected to be completed in the near future.

No similar oxygen transport agents are currently on the market in Europe or the United States. Earlier clinical studies indicate that Hemospan's novel oxygen delivery mechanism has the potential to provide a safe and effective alternative to blood transfusions.

About Sangart

Sangart is a privately held San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development and commercialization of medical products designed for use as alternatives to blood transfusions.

Dr. Robert Winslow, a world-renowned authority in the field of oxygen transport, founded Sangart in 1
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