Isotechnika Inc.

Isotechnika Achieves Full Enrolment for ISA247 Phase 2b Kidney Transplant Trial

    Edmonton, Canada (ots/PRNewswire) - Isotechnika Inc. (TSX:ISA) announced today the enrolment of the last patient in its Phase 2b trial assessing ISA247 for the prevention of kidney graft rejection following transplantation. Of the 332 patients enrolled, 148 patients have already completed the required six months of treatment. The Company expects to have the last patient complete the six months of active treatment before the end of the year. Furthermore, 43 patients have so far completed an additional 6 months of treatment in the optional extension phase of this trial. As previously announced, Health Canada granted a No Objection Letter allowing patients who have already completed 12 months of ISA247 treatment to continue therapy through to commercialization of the drug.

    "We are very excited to have achieved this significant milestone of completing enrolment and eagerly await the final results of this trial. Upon receipt of these results, the Company expects to submit applications to conduct the pivotal Phase 3 trials that are required for market approval," commented Dr. Randall Yatscoff, Isotechnika's President & CEO. "Based on the improved safety and efficacy profile demonstrated to date we are very optimistic about the prospects of ISA247 as a leading treatment for kidney transplant patients. The only two existing drugs in the class of calcineurin inhibitors share a market size of approximately $2.2 billion annually. We are therefore encouraged not only by the clinical prospects but also by the market potential of ISA247 as the only late-stage calcineurin inhibitor currently under development. "

    North American Phase 2b Kidney Transplant Trial Design

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    Forty-two centers across North America have been contracted to perform the trial, including thirty-eight centers in the United States and four centers in Canada. The primary endpoint of the trial is defined as non-inferiority in biopsy proven acute rejection (BPAR) episodes in patients receiving ISA247 for six months as compared to the tacrolimus control which  is currently the leading North American transplant drug in this class. Additionally, kidney function and other laboratory parameters will be monitored for the duration of the trial. The overall goal of the trial is to find the most appropriate dose that will result in efficacy (lack of acute rejection) with minimal side effects. The use of the other two calcineurin inhibitors, cyclosporin and tacrolimus, are often associated with significant safety concerns.

    A total of 332 de novo (newly transplanted) kidney transplant patients have been enrolled in this trial. Patients will be placed into one of four separate treatment groups; three different dose groups of ISA247 (0.4 mg/kg, 0.6 mg/kg, and 0.8 mg/kg twice daily compared with the fourth group, a tacrolimus control arm (0.05 mg/kg twice daily). Patients in all four treatment groups will have their doses adjusted in order to achieve pre-defined blood levels of either ISA247 or tacrolimus. All patients will receive oral dosing with the drug (ISA247 or tacrolimus) over a six month period along with other standard immunosuppressive therapies used following transplantation

    About Isotechnika

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    Edmonton-based Isotechnika Inc. is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel immunosuppressive therapeutics that are designed to offer advantages over other currently available treatments while offering therapeutic choices to clinicians. Isotechnika looks to become the market leader of drug therapies for indications such as transplantation of solid organs (with Hoffman La Roche) and treatment of autoimmune disorders such as uveitis (with Lux Biosciences) and psoriasis.

    There is a significant unmet medical need in the treatment of both solid organ transplantation and autoimmune disease. It is estimated that the market potential exceeds $2 billion annually in sales for calcineurin inhibitors such as ISA247.

    Isotechnika's lead drug, ISA247, has successfully completed a Phase 3 Canadian trial for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. ISA247 is currently being investigated in a Phase 3 European/Canadian psoriasis trial and a Phase 2b North American trial for the prevention of kidney graft rejection subsequent to transplantation.

    Isotechnika Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "ISA". More information on Isotechnika can be found at www.isotechnika.com.

    Partnerships with Isotechnika Inc.

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    Isotechnika Inc. signed a collaboration agreement with Hoffman La Roche on April 9, 2002, which licensed the worldwide rights to develop and commercialize ISA247 for all transplant indications.

    On September 30, 2005, Isotechnika Inc. entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Atrium Medical Corporation for the use of ISA247 and TAFA93 specifically with drug eluting devices for the non-systemic treatment of vascular, cardiovascular, target vessel and tissue disorders.

    Isotechnika Inc. and Cellgate Inc. signed an option agreement on April 25, 2006, granting Isotechnika the option to obtain an exclusive license to develop and commercialize conjugates consisting of Cellgate's patented transporter technology for the topical delivery of ISA247 in patients suffering from mild to moderate psoriasis.

    On May 25, 2006, Isotechnika Inc. signed an agreement with Lux Biosciences, Inc. of Jersey City, New Jersey granting Lux Biosciences worldwide rights to develop and commercialize ISA247 for the treatment and prophylaxis of all ophthalmic diseases.

    Forward-Looking Statements

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    This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements, including the Company's belief as to the potential of its products, the Company's expectations regarding the issuance of additional patents and the Company's ability to protect its intellectual property, involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the availability of funds and resources to pursue research and development projects, the ability to economically manufacture its products, the potential of its products, the success and timely completion of clinical studies and trials, the Company's ability to successfully commercialize its products, the ability of the Company to defend its patents from infringement by third parties, and the risk that the Company's patents may be subsequently shown to be invalid or infringe the patents of others. Investors should consult the Company's quarterly and annual filings with the Canadian commissions for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to the forward- looking statements. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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Contact:
For further information: Dr. Randall Yatscoff, President & CEO,
Isotechnika Inc., +1-(780)-487-1600 ext 247, +1-(780)-484-4105 (fax),
ryatscoff@isotechnika.com; Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard, Director,
Corporate Communications, Isotechnika Inc., +1-(780)-909-4661,
+1-(780)-484-4105 (fax), sgillis-paulgaard@isotechnika.com/



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