HEIDELBERG PHARMA AG starts second clinical phase II study with FOSALVUDINE

Ladenburg - Heidelberg Pharma AG, a company specialized on the development of state-of-the-art treatment of cancer and AIDS, has recently started a second clinical phase II study with its HIV therapy drug Fosalvudine. On November 6th the first patient was accepted in the study. Thirty-six patients in six test centres in Russia and Argentina will participate. It is a randomised, double-blind phase ll study on HIV-1 infected patients who, during a previous antiviral therapy, developed resistance against multiple NRTI (Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors). Patients will either receive 10, 20, 40 mg oral daily doses of Fosalvudine in combination with at least two additional antiretroviral compounds, or their previous medication over a period of 14 days. Reduction of viral load, tolerability and pharmacokinetic properties of Fosalvudine are to be evaluated. Patient recruitment should be completed still in 2007 so that results can be expected in the first quarter of 2008. Dr. Erwin Boehm, responsible for Heidelberg Pharma AG's medical progress commented, "In the initial phase ll study, completed in the first half of 2007, Fosalvudine proved its effectiveness against HIV-1 and good tolerability in HIV-1 treatment-naive patients. The present study aims at efficacy and tolerability in patients who have received antiviral treatment over a long period and now, due to resistance reaction, no longer sufficiently respond to conventional therapies. This study presents an important milestone in Fosalvudine's development. " Fosalvudine Fosalvudine is a nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) for the treatment of HIV-1 infections. In focus of Fosalvudine's development, are HIV-1 strains, which have developed resistance against therapies with conventional NRTI and therefore are difficult to treat. Fosalvudine is an "Enhanced Pro-Drug" derived from Alovudine. Although the basic property Alovudine is effective against NRTI resistant HIV-1 strains, it cannot be clinically developed due to its side effects. Fosalvudine has the potential of offering considerably better tolerability with simultaneous comparable effectiveness in therapy-resistant HIV patients. Heidelberg Pharma AG Heidelberg Pharma, located in Heidelberg, is an enterprise specializing in the development of state-of-the-art medication in the fight against cancer and AIDS. Heidelberg Pharma has a valuable product portfolio, rich in prospects. At present, the active agents Fosfluridine and Fosalvudine are being tested in advanced clinical development programmes. Contact Public and Investor Relations: Heidelberg Pharma AG Dr. Marcel Linssen Senior VP Corporate Development & Marketing Certified Investor Relations Officer Phone: +49 6203 1009 40 m.linssen@heidelberg-pharma.com MC Services AG Raimund Gabriel Phone: +49 89 210 2280 raimund.gabriel@mc-services.eu The press release can be downloaded from the following link: