Resverlogix Corp.
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Resverlogix Corp.

December 20, 2006 09:30 ET

Internationally Renowned Researchers Join Resverlogix

ApoA-I/HDL Clinical Review Committee ApoA-I is the newly recognized cardioprotective protein which may create the next generation of drugs for cardiovascular disease risk reduction

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2006) - Resverlogix Corp. (TSX:RVX) ("Resverlogix"), is pleased to announce today that it has named Drs. Philip Barter, M.D., Ph.D. and Prediman K. (P.K.) Shah, M.D. both highly respected cardiovascular researchers, to Resverlogix's newly formed Clinical Review Committee.

Dr. Philip Barter, Director of the Heart Research Institute in Australia and Chairman of the steering committee overseeing the ILLUMINATE (torcetrapib) study, said, "The evidence that ApoA-I/HDL protects against the development of atherosclerosis is very compelling. We know that there are a number of potential benefits of HDL drugs, in particular I look forward to seeing the development of the NexVas™ Plaque Regression program."

"We are very pleased to welcome esteemed researchers such as Drs. Barter and Shah to our Committee," said Dr. Jan Johansson, Senior Vice President Clinical Affairs, Resverlogix. "The support and guidance that we will receive from members of our Clinical Review Committee will certainly accelerate our clinical program. We foresee that our ability to enhance transcription of ApoA-I may result in creating a first in class therapeutic for the treatment of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease."

"ApoA-I is the next frontier for atherosclerosis management," says Dr. Prediman K. Shah, Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "The NexVas™ program is a novel way to increase ApoA-I/HDL which may have the potential of reducing arterial plaque."

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in industrialized countries and is the largest cost driver to health systems. The American Heart Association estimates the direct and indirect costs of CVD in the United States alone for 2006 are US $403.1 billion. ApoA-I is the key protein in high-density lipoprotein (HDL or the "good cholesterol"). Several landmark clinical studies have demonstrated that ApoA-I can reverse arterial plaque and by this means reduce CVD risk.

CVD can be generally defined as any abnormal condition characterized by dysfunction of the heart and blood vessels. CVD includes atherosclerosis (especially coronary heart disease which can lead to heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), and hypertension (high blood pressure). The underlying cause of most CVD is a gradual clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis) that supply blood to the heart, brain and other vital organs.

Philip Barter, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., M.R.A.C.P., F.R.A.C.P.

Philip Barter is currently director of The Heart Research Institute, in Sydney, Australia and is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He graduated in medicine form the University of Adelaide and gained his Ph.D. from the Australian National University. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has previously held positions in research institutes and universities in Australia and the US. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Task Force for Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease and Secretary of the International Atherosclerosis Society.

His basic research interests are plasma lipids and lipoproteins, specifically high density lipoproteins, the factors that regulate them and the mechanism by which they protect against cardiovascular disease. His clinical research involves participation in clinical trials of lipid-lowering agents. He is a member of the steering committees the FIELD and the TNT Studies and was chairman of the steering committee of ILLUMINATE, a large international multicentre morbidity and mortality endpoint trial of the effects of the new CETP inhibitor, torcetrapib. He has published more than 200 research papers on plasma lipids and lipoproteins, their metabolism, regulation, function and relationship to atherosclerosis.

P.K. Shah, M.D.

Prediman K. (P.K.) Shah, MD is Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he holds the Shapell and Webb Family Endowed Chair in Cardiology. Dr. Shah is also Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He has made numerous important scientific contributions in the area of atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes. His current research focus includes understanding the molecular mechanisms of atherosclerosis and restenosis, and the development and testing of novel anti-atherogenic and anti-restenotic strategies. His scientific work demonstrating the marked protective effects of a mutant gene found in a small number of inhabitants from Limone-sul-Garda, Italy, (apoA-IMilano) against atherosclerosis has generated considerable interest and was the subject of two, one-hour segments on "60 Minutes" in 1994 and 1995. Dr. Shah has published over 500 scientific papers and abstracts and has lectured all over the world as a visiting professor.

About Resverlogix Corp.

Resverlogix Corp. is a leading biotechnology company in the development of novel therapies for important global medical markets with significant unmet needs. The Company's primary focus is to conduct leading research, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics that address the risk of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Through successful research efforts, the Company has expanded its CVD platform to three programs, each addressing different targets for specific commercial markets. NexVas™ Plaque Reduction (NexVas PR), is the Company's primary program that targets ApoA-I enhancement via novel small molecules for plaque stabilization and regression. NexVas™ Vascular Inflammation (NexVas VI) is the Company's second CVD program, a discovery stage technology focused on molecular targets of vascular inflammation. ReVas™ the Company's third CVD program is dedicated to the research and development of therapeutic compounds to be used with medical devices and biomaterials for the local non-systemic treatment of CVD, in particular restenosis. The Company has partnered ReVas™ with Medtronic Inc., a world leading medical technology company. The Company's secondary focus is TGF-Beta Shield™, a program that aims to address the unmet medical needs of burgeoning grievous diseases, such as cancer and fibrosis, with a TGF- Beta inhibitor. Resverlogix is committed to applying the qualities of innovation, integrity and sound business principles in developing novel therapies for the treatment of grievous human diseases. Resverlogix Corp. trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RVX). For further information, please visit our web site at: www.resverlogix.com.

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