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Opexa Therapeutics Reports Positive Top-line Data in Phase I/II,Extension Trial with Tovaxin for Multiple Sclerosis

m, 52-week, parallel-group study, whereby patients will be given five subcutaneous injections at 0, 4, 8, 12 and 24 weeks. The analyses will be performed at the end of the 52-week study to assess the safety and efficacy of Tovaxin. The primary efficacy variable is the cumulative number of gadolinium-enhancing lesions on T1-weighted MRI scans summed over the Week 28, 36, 44, and 52 MRIs. The secondary efficacy variables are the cumulative number of new gadolinium-enhancing lesions at Weeks 28-52, the change in T2-weighted lesion volume, and the annualized relapse rate. As of May 17, 2007, Opexa announced the completion of patient enrollment in a 150-patient Phase IIb safety and efficacy study (TERMS). All patients who complete the trial will be eligible to participate in an optional one-year extension study, in which they will receive Tovaxin under an open-label protocol. The open-label study is being planned under a different protocol that will be submitted to the FDA.

The TERMS study is being conducted at 36 U.S. sites to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Tovaxin. The TERMS study is registered on the U.S. National Institutes of Health-sponsored website, www.clinicaltrials.gov, where pharmaceutical companies are required to register trials for medicines that will treat serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions. For more information, visit the TERMS website at www.tovaxin.com.

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