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BEVERLY, Mass., Oct. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovation Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB:IPIX) (“the Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to inform shareholders that management is finalizing documentation necessary to initiate the planned Phase 1 clinical trial of oral Brilacidin in its Ulcerative Colitis (UC) program. Document submissions are expected to be completed early in October, keeping the clinical trial on track for commencement in December.
The study evaluating Brilacidin in tablet form in healthy volunteers will be the first in a series of clinical trials, effectively launching the Company’s UC clinical program in the anchored Brilacidin franchise. Assessments will include the safety, toleration, pharmacokinetics of Brilacidin, and whether it is being dispersed directly in the colon. An expedient clinical trial, dosing of all cohorts is expected to be completed within three weeks of commencement. Top-line data are anticipated within 2-3 months, thereafter.
“Brilacidin has already met positive efficacy endpoints in various indications, delivered via different modes of administration, including intravenously, as an oral rinse and as a retention enema—thereby greatly enhancing the treatment potential of this novel defensin-mimetic compound. In collaboration with our oral formulation partner, BDD Pharma, we will be testing Brilacidin in a tablet version for the first time, which is a significant milestone for us as it is the preferred method of drug delivery for the UC indication,” commented Arthur P. Bertolino, MD, PhD, MBA, President and Chief Medical Officer at Innovation Pharmaceuticals. “We’re targeting a lucrative market in Ulcerative Colitis where a new oral medication would command tremendous value. We feel confident in the tablet formulation of Brilacidin treating the broader disease of UC by selective delivery to the colon. This further complements our recent partnering of Brilacidin in Ulcerative Proctitis/Proctosigmoiditis with Italy’s Alfasigma. We look forward to providing more details on the planned Phase 1 trial of oral Brilacidin in the near future.”
About Innovation Pharmaceuticals
Innovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPIX) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a world-class portfolio of innovative therapies addressing multiple areas of unmet medical need, including inflammatory diseases, cancer, infectious disease, and dermatologic diseases. Brilacidin, a versatile compound with broad therapeutic potential, is in a new chemical class called defensin-mimetics. A Phase 2 trial of Brilacidin as an oral rinse for the prevention of Severe Oral Mucositis (SOM) in patients with Head and Neck Cancer, met its primary and secondary endpoints, including reducing the incidence of SOM. The Company plans to advance Brilacidin oral rinse into Phase 3 development, subject to available financial resources. Positive results were also observed in a Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept trial treating patients locally with Brilacidin for Ulcerative Proctitis/Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis (UP/UPS). Brilacidin for UP/UPS was licensed to Alfasigma S.p.A. in July 2019. A Phase 2b trial of Brilacidin showed a single intravenous dose of the drug delivered comparable outcomes to a seven-day dosing regimen of the FDA-approved blockbuster daptomycin in treating Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infection. Kevetrin is a novel anti-cancer drug shown to modulate p53, often referred to as the “Guardian Angel Gene” due to its crucial role in controlling cell mutations and has successfully completed a Phase 2 trial in Ovarian Cancer. More information is available on the Company website at www.IPharmInc.com.
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