Welichem Obtains Approval for Phase IIa Clinical Trial on Eczema

    BURNABY, BC, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Welichem Biotech Inc. ("WBI" or the
"Company") (TSX-V: WBI) is proud to announce that Health Canada approved the
Company's Clinical Trial Application (CTA) to begin a Phase IIa Clinical Trial
of its anti-inflammatory drug candidate, WBI-1001, on atopic dermatitis (a
type of eczema).
    The Company will initiate its Phase IIa Clinical Trial of WBI-1001 as a
topical cream application against atopic dermatitis in the coming months.
Atopic dermatitis is normally treated topically with corticosteroids or other
immune-suppressors, and these treatments often result in adverse effects after
long-term use. WBI-1001 has been developed as a more effective and tolerable
topical treatment of this chronic disease.
    The Company has completed a Phase I Clinical Trial of this drug candidate
on psoriasis, and the clinical data on its safety and efficacy in the Trial
should be available by the end of April this year. A Phase II study to confirm
and explore its safety and efficacy on psoriasis is planned for mid-2008.
Meantime, the Company continues on its rigorous research and development
    Dr. John Webster, Founder, Director and Chief Scientific Officer of
Welichem, in a congratulatory note to the internal team, stated: "I
congratulate all of you on the Company's success in receiving the clinical
trial approval for this additional application of our unique compound,
WBI-1001. I thank you all for your professional, dedicated and extraordinary
work on the project. This is clearly another great milestone that Welichem has
    With this CTA approval from Health Canada, the Company is on-track with
its ambitious strategic development program.
    We seek safe harbour.

    About Welichem Biotech Inc.

    Welichem Biotech Inc. is a publicly-traded biotechnology company
developing therapeutic drugs in the fields of autoimmune diseases and cancer.


    York Yingping Guo
    President & Chief Executive Officer

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news
release. This press release contains forward-looking statements that include
our belief as to the potential of our products. Certain risks and
uncertainties such as our ability to successfully commercialize the products
could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those in
the forward-looking statements.

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For further information:

For further information: York Yingping Guo, Tel.: (604) 432-1703, Email:
yorkguo@welichem.com; Yan Chen, Business Development Manager, Tel.: (604)
432-1703, Email: investors@welichem.com

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