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02-21-2008, 10:54 AM
Anadis Limited (http://www.anadis.com/)(ASX:ANX; OTC: ANDIY), announced major progress in its anti-flu virus antibody program (http://www.flubody.com/). The milk- derived anti-flu virus antibodies are all-natural and will provide immediate-acting immune enhancement once deposited topically on mucosal surfaces that come in contact with the influenza virus. Results from human trials are anticipated within 18 months. Addressing both seasonal and avian influenza (bird flu) virus strains, Anadis plans to introduce products using these antibodies (Flubodies) into the market within 2-3 years. This decision follows several successful animal trials with mice, conducted by Anadis and an internationally-recognized influenza research group at the University of Melbourne led by Professor Lorena Brown, using recognized pathways for development of anti-avian flu virus treatments. The dairy derived anti-flu virus antibody significantly decreased disease mortality and were significantly interrupting the disease process after challenges with lethal doses of virus. Anadis prototype milk-derived hyperimmune antibody preparation ("flubody") improved the survival rate of infected mice (exposed to lethal flu) from 0% in non-treated mice to up to 60% in treated mice. In other trials, it was shown that the progress of disease could be delayed for days with a single application of the prototype formulation.

"This series of new preclinical tests gives us the comfort level to accelerate and the commercialization of our revolutionary Flubody (http://www.flubody.com/) approach for halting viral spread, utilizing our patent pending antibody formulations to provide immediate acting immunity," said Dr Zeil Rosenberg, Anadis CEO. "Antibody and other protein-based solutions represent the next generation in the fight against influenza and Anadis, with its rapid development effort and extremely low manufacturing cost for harvesting antibodies, is well-positioned to benefit from this trend." Influenza affects 15-60 million people in the United States each year, causing an estimated 44,000 deaths and 186,000 hospitalizations annually. Pandemic influenza has occurred three times over the last century. The 1918 outbreak alone killed more than 40 million people worldwide. Avian influenza (bird flu) is a lethal influenza strain that has created worldwide concern because its infection can be transferred among humans. The mortality rate among humans exceeds 50%.

Dr. Oren Fuerst, VP of Business Development of the company said: "Benefiting from our years of experience in the harvesting of polyclonal antibodies and other fractions of dairy derived immune milk (colostrum), we aim to be first to market with an effective and patented formulation for both the routine and avian flu markets. With our unique approach, we plan to become world leaders in the influenza market that today already exceeds $5 billion worldwide."

Anadis Limited (ASX: ANX; OTC: ANDIY) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on antigen-primed, dairy-derived health products. Anadis' proprietary, rapid manufacturing technology has enabled it to develop a product pipeline of polyclonal antibody-based solutions to a range of important infectious and immune-mediated diseases. The all-natural colostrum-derived platform, and its regulatory classification as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) when administered orally, allows for a significantly shorter time-frame from bench to market compared with typical biotechnology products. The platform also possesses dramatically lower manufacturing costs and higher scalability compared to typical antibody-based solutions. Anadis is addressing existing market opportunities sized in excess of US$30 billion. Leveraging a technology platform that has been carefully developed over a decade, the company expects to become the leading provider of proprietary polyclonal antibody-based solutions worldwide.

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