Published: 11 March 2013Medical congresses & eventsMedical Information

Oslo, Norway, March 11 2013: Photocure ASA (OSE: PHO), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on photodynamic technologies in dermatology and cancer, announces that initial three month data from the Phase 2b trial with Cevira® in patients with human papilloma virus (HPV) related disease of the cervix, will be presented today at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology's 44th Annual Meeting on Women's Cancer, in Los Angeles, California.

The abstract (No.975), which will be presented by Mark Einstein, MD, Montefiore Medical Center, is entitled: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial of hexaminolevulinate (HAL) photodynamic therapy in patients with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 1&2, and will be presented in Scientific Plenary V from 7.45-9.00am today.

Initial three month results from the phase 2b study show that the optimal dose of Cevira, 5%, demonstrated a statistically significant lesion response compared to placebo in patients with precancerous CIN2 lesions, 95% vs 57% respectively, (p<0.01). This was further supported by significant clearance of HPV, including subtypes 16 and 18 which carry high oncogenic risk. The clinical benefit was underlined by a high patient acceptance with only minor local self-limiting adverse reactions.

Photocure will announce final results which include 6 month follow up data in the second quarter of 2013.

Kjetil Hestdal, President and CEO of Photocure, said: "We are delighted to have these data presented as late breaking data at this prestigious conference. We believe that Cevira is a promising new treatment option for the large number of women globally who suffer from HPV infections and related precancerous lesions of the cervix. We look forward to reporting the final results in the second quarter of 2013."

About Cevira®
Cervical HPV and precancerous lesions of the cervix are highly prevalent diseases affecting an estimated 260million women across the globe, currently with no therapeutic treatment options available. Cevira is being developed as the first novel therapeutic option for this large and growing patient population. Cevira can be easily administered by gynecologists, obviating the potential morbidities associated with surgery. Clinical proof of concept has previously been demonstrated, with an excellent safety profile and no patient down time.

Photodynamic technology is the application of a photosensitizer followed by exposure to light for activation.

For further information, please contact:

President & CEO Kjetil Hestdal
Tel: + 47 913 19 535, Email:kh@photocure.no

Mary Clark, Amber Bielecka, Hollie Vile
Tel: +44 207920 2361, Email:photocure@mcomgroup.com

About Photocure
Photocure ASA, headquartered in Oslo Norway, is a specialty pharmaceutical company and world leader in photodynamic technology. Based on our unique proprietary Photocure Technology(TM) platform, Photocure develops and commercializes highly selective and effective solutions within disease areas with high unmet medical need, such as bladder cancer, HPV and precancerous cervical lesions, colorectal cancer and skin conditions. Our aim is to provide solutions which can improve health outcomes for patients worldwide. Photocure is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE: PHO). Information about Photocure is available at www.photocure.com.

All trademarks mentioned in this release are protected by law and registered trademarks of Photocure.

This information is subject of the disclosure requirements acc. to §5-12 vphl (Norwegian Securities Trading Act)

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