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Zila Inc. Product Selected to Identify Pre-Cancer in Study of Leading Cancer Treatment Chemotherapeutic - ERBITUX
Date:9/4/2007

- ViziLite Plus with TBlue630 -

PHOENIX, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zila, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ZILA) ViziLite(R) Plus with Tblue630(TM) screening system for early detection of abnormalities which can lead to oral cancer, has been selected to identify pre-cancerous lesions in a Phase II study of Cetuximab (ERBITUX(R)), a leading cancer therapeutic for head and neck cancer developed by ImClone Systems (Nasdaq: IMCL) and distributed by Bristol-Meyers Squibb (NYSE: BMY).

The NIH has awarded a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant for the study. The primary objective of the clinical trial is to evaluate ERBITUX efficacy in treating upper aerodigestive pre-cancer. ERBITUX is currently marketed for the treatment of head and neck cancer (including upper aerodigestive) as well as metastatic colorectal cancer.

Dr. Frank J.Bellizzi, President of Zila Pharmaceuticals, "We are pleased that Zila's ViziLite Plus with Tblue630 has been selected for use in this clinical trial. The use of ViziLite Plus in such an important study with the leading head and neck cancer therapeutic demonstrates its growing reputation as the premier oral cancer screening technology."

The coordinating center for the study is The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University. The Protocol Chairman is Joseph Califano, M.D., of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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