SPEEDEL participates in Hypertension 2008 mediacal congress

Active participation with numerous scientific and medical contributions to ISH/ESH in Berlin, Germany

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Speedel Holding Ltd. (SWX: SPPN) highlighted today that it is actively participating in Hypertension 2008, a joint meeting of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the European Society of Hypertension (ESH), held from 14-19 June 2008 in Berlin, Germany. At the meeting, which is expected to attract over 7000 senior scientists and physicians from around the world, researchers from Speedel and academia will be presenting pre-clinical and clinical data relating to the company's product candidates SPP635 (a second generation renin inhibitor in development for patients with diabetes)[2],[3] and SPP301 (an endothelin receptor A antagonist in development for diabetic kidney disease)[4],[5],[6].

Six years after the last joint meeting of ISH and ESH, Hypertension 2008 aims to present a comprehensive update on hypertension and its links to other cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. According to the World Health Organisation, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases remain the leading causes of death worldwide despite recent scientific advances[7]. Primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases require an in-depth understanding of the mechanisms leading to hypertension and adequate medical treatments.

Dr. Alice Huxley, CEO stated: "Speedel is a research-driven company directed to innovation: we focus on cardiovascular and metabolic diseases with the aim of bringing effective new medicines to patients and doctors. I am personally proud that Speedel scientists and co-workers are participating in this very significant medical meeting on hypertension and related diseases at which they will be presenting data on SPP635, one of our next generation of renin inhibitors, and SPP301 (avosentan), and that a lot of attention during the meeting will be given to SPP100/aliskiren, the flagship of the renin inhibitor class."

The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system is a significant regulatory mechanism in the control of blood pressure. For decades, it has been a major target in the development of antihypertensives. Several classes of drugs have been introduced like angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-Is) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Renin inhibitors are the latest addition to the treatment armamentarium. Speedel's first successful development, SPP100/aliskiren (marketed by Novartis as Rasilez/Tekturna[1]), is the first-in-class direct oral renin inhibitor available to patients.

A symposium held on 14 June 2008 and organized by the President of Hypertension 2008, Professor Detlev Ganten, dealt with the "Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone-System - Past, Present, Future". As part of this event, Professor Hans R. Brunner, Medical Advisor to Speedel gave a presentation on "New Renin Inhibitors" currently in development.

Hans R. Brunner is a Professor emeritus of Medicine at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He has been at the forefront of research on the role of renin and angiotensin in blood pressure regulation and has been involved in the development of drugs such as ACE-Is and ARBs and their introduction into clinical practice. Professor Brunner has been a medical advisor to Speedel since the early days of the company.

At Hypertension 2008, Speedel is also present with a company booth. This is an additional opportunity to meet with the company and to discuss renin inhibition as well as other developmental activities for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

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[1] Rasilez/Tekturna® are Novartis trademarks.
[2] Hengelage T, Herold P, Jensen C, Baltatu OC. Efficacy and safety of the oral renin inhibitor SPP635 once daily in patients with mild to moderate hypertension.
[3] Zaugg CE, Louie P, Dembowsky K, Jensen C, Baltatu OC. Preclinical pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characterization of SPP635, a new direct renin inhibitor.
[4] Baltatu OC, Zaugg CE, Bader M, Dembowsky K. Additive kidney protective effects of an angiotensin receptor antagonist combined with the endothelin type A receptor antagonist SPP301 in a rat model of malignant hypertension.
[5] Maillard MP, Wang Q, Baltatu OC, Burnier M. Do endothelin receptor antagonists induce edema through an extravasation of fluids? Evidence from an experiment in bi-nephrectomized rats.
[6] Jandeleit-Dahm K, Watson A, SoroPaavonen A, Allen T, Thomas M, Schumacher C, Cooper M. The novel endothelin receptor A (eT-A) antagonist SPP 301 attenuates albuminuria and renal structural injury in streptozotocin- induced diabetic apoE knockout mice.
[7] WHO Factsheet, February 2007.
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