SOURCE: Lipid Sciences

October 04, 2007 12:23 ET

Lipid Sciences' HDL Mimetic Peptide Shown to Significantly Increase HDL

In Vivo Data Presented by Dr. H. Bryan Brewer, Jr. at DALM 2007

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - DALM 2007 -- Lipid Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIPD) -- In a presentation made today at the XVI International Symposium on Drugs Affecting Lipid Metabolism (DALM 2007) in New York, Dr. H. Bryan Brewer, Jr., Chief Scientific Director of Lipid Sciences, Inc., announced the initial results of studies assessing the ability of Lipid Sciences' HDL mimetic peptide, LSI 518P, to mimic the principal functional characteristics of HDL. These studies showed that LSI 518P: 1)Significantly raised HDL in a mouse model following a single dose of the peptide; 2)Was highly effective in removing cholesterol from cholesterol-filled cells by the ABCA1 transporter; and 3)Decreased CD11B adhesion molecules -- thereby reducing the potential inflammation in the vessel wall associated with atherosclerosis.

Dr. Brewer noted, "The results of these studies confirm earlier in vitro analyses that LSI 518P is highly effective and specific in cholesterol efflux -- removing cholesterol from cholesterol-laden cells. The in vivo animal studies clearly demonstrated that Lipid Sciences' LSI 518P substantially increased HDL in this well-accepted animal model. Increased HDL will enhance the process of Reverse Cholesterol Transport -- removing excess lipids from the arterial wall to reduce plaque build-up. Most significantly, this initial assessment of Lipid Sciences' LSI 518P demonstrates that our lead mimetic peptide candidate possesses HDL efflux and anti-inflammatory properties similar to naturally-occurring ApoA-I, thus making it the ideal mimetic peptide."

Commenting on these study results, Dr. S. Lewis Meyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lipid Sciences, remarked, "We are highly confident that our LSI 518P will be a key player in the new frontier of HDL therapy. This synthetic HDL will provide a fast-acting intervention for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patients and has the potential to stop that patient's next heart attack. Statistics show that over 15 million Americans have suffered from ACS and that once every 15 seconds someone in the United States is having a heart attack. Furthermore, there is a greater than 20% chance that these patients will have another coronary event within 18 months. Clearly this patient population represents a growing unmet clinical need in the almost $400 billion cardiovascular disease marketplace. We intend to demonstrate that our LSI 518P can provide an efficacious and cost-effective solution to this daunting challenge."

About DALM 2007 -- The Drugs Affecting Lipid Metabolism (DALM) Symposium is a prestigious gathering of international researchers focusing primarily on the pharmacological control of plasma lipids -- a recognized risk factor in atherosclerosis.

Lipid Sciences, Inc. is a development-stage biotechnology company engaged in the research and development of products and processes intended to treat major medical indications, in which lipids, or fat components, play a key role. The Company's HDL Therapy platform (HDL Selective Delipidation and HDL Mimetic Peptides) aims to develop treatments to reverse atherosclerosis, a systemic disease of the blood vessels caused by the build-up of cholesterol-filled plaques in the vascular system and, most critically, in the coronary arteries. Regression of such plaques may have a major impact on reducing the risk of acute coronary events. The Company's Viral Immunotherapy platform focuses on the removal of the lipid coatings from lipid-enveloped viruses and other lipid-containing infectious agents by applying Lipid Sciences' proprietary delipidation technologies. The Company believes that removing the virus' protective lipid coating enhances the processing and presentation of viral proteins to stimulate the body's immune system to effectively fight the disease. Conditions that could potentially be impacted by these technologies include HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, West Nile, SARS, influenza, and a broad range of animal health applications.

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