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XTL Biopharmaceuticals Announces the Acquisition of the Use Patent on Recombinant Erythropoietin (rHuEPO) for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma
Date:3/18/2009

REHOVOT, Israel, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (Nasdaq: XTLB; TASE: XTL) announced today that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Bio-GAL Ltd, a private company, for the rights to a use patent on Recombinant Erythropoietin ("rHuEPO") for the prolongation of multiple myeloma ("MM") patients' survival and improvement of their quality of life.

MM is a severe plasma cell malignancy characterized by the accumulation and proliferation of clonal plasma cells in the marrow, leading to the gradual replacement of normal hematopoiesis.

David Grossman, XTL's co-Chief Executive Officer, commented, "This is a very exciting opportunity to acquire the rights for a potential treatment for a severe and incurable blood cancer. We at XTL are thrilled at this opportunity and expect to embark on a clinical trial with rHuEPO for the treatment of MM in the near term and hope to lead it to a successful outcome."

In accordance with the terms of the asset purchase agreement, XTL will issue Bio-GAL Ltd. ordinary shares representing just under 50% of the current issued and outstanding share capital of the Company. In addition, XTL will make milestone payments of approximately $10 million in cash upon the successful completion a Phase 2 clinical trial. The Company's Board of Directors may, in its sole discretion, issue additional ordinary shares to Bio-GAL Ltd in lieu of such milestone payment. XTL is also obligated to pay 1% royalties on net sales of the product. The closing of the transaction is subject to various conditions including XTL's and Bio-GAL's shareholders' approvals, as well as completion of a financing. Closing is expected to take place in the second or third quarter of 2009.

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