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Kissei Enters Development and Sales Agreement with Pneuma Partners LLC on Calfactant.

Tokyo, Japan, Jan 15, 2008 - (JCN) - Kissei Pharmaceutical today announced that it entered an agreement with New York-based Pneuma Partners LLC concerning research, development and marketing for Calfactant in Japan. Calfactant is now under development by Pneuma in the US.

Kissei will attempt to get an early approval of Calfactant for the indication of Acute Lung Injury (ALI) and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) utilizing the results of phase III clinical trial which will be conducted by Pneuma in the US.

ALI and its severe form, ARDS, are types of lung failures resulting from pneumonia, pulmonary injury, etc. There is no effective therapeutic medication for ARDS at present. About 40,000 patients are affected with ALI/ARDS every year in Japan and 30-40% of those patients pass away despite the very best care in the ICU.

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Date:Jan 15, 2008
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