Isotechnika: ISA247 issued generic name, voclosporin



    EDMONTON, March 27 /CNW/ - Isotechnika Inc. announced today that the
International Nonproprietary Name (INN) expert committee has accepted the
proposed generic name of its lead immunosuppressive drug, ISA247.
    ISA247 will now be referred to as voclosporin. The name will serve to
identify the active pharmaceutical substance during the drugs' life-time
worldwide.
    Voclosporin is a next generation calcineurin inhibitor, which recently
completed a Phase 2b North American trial for the prevention of kidney
rejection following transplantation. An extension to the Phase 2b trial and a
combined Phase 3 European/Canadian trial for the treatment of moderate to
severe psoriasis are ongoing. Our partner, Lux Biosciences, is currently
conducting three separate Phase 2/3 pivotal trials investigating voclosporin
(referred to as LX211 by Lux) for the treatment of uveitis.
    "This completes the process, in combination with the earlier USAN
approval, of obtaining a generic name for our lead immunosuppressive drug,"
said Dr. Robert Foster, Isotechnika's Chairman & CEO.

    About Isotechnika
    -----------------
    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. 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 voclosporin.
    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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    -   Roche retains an option to continue development of the transplant
        indications based on the successful completion of the ongoing
        Phase 2b kidney transplant trial.

    -   Atrium Medical Corporation has exclusive worldwide licensing
        agreement for use of voclosporin and TAFA93 with drug eluting devices
        for non-systemic treatment of vascular, cardiovascular, target vessel
        and tissue disorders.

    -   Lux Biosciences Inc. was granted worldwide rights to develop and
        commercialize voclosporin for the treatment and prophylaxis of all
        ophthalmic diseases.
    

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reliance on forward-looking statements.

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For further information:

For further information: Dr. Robert Foster, Chairman & CEO, Isotechnika
Inc., (780) 487-1600 (246), (780) 484-4105 (fax), rfoster@isotechnika.com;
Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard, Director, Corporate Communications, Isotechnika
Inc., (780) 909-4661, (780) 487-4105 (fax), sgillis-paulgaard@isotechnika.com

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