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BEVERLY, Mass., July 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovation Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB:IPIX) (“the Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to provide a corporate update highlighting recent accomplishments, clinical pipeline progress, and ongoing business development activities across its first-in-class drug candidates, Brilacidin and Kevetrin.
“We are pleased with our accomplishments, thus far, in 2019, and are committed to advancing the clinical development of our pipeline,” commented Arthur P. Bertolino, MD, PhD, MBA, President and Chief Medical Officer at Innovation Pharmaceuticals. “A significant milestone was recently achieved with our execution of a global licensing agreement with Alfasigma—an Italy-based multinational pharmaceutical company with robust R&D and manufacturing capabilities, employing 3,000 people and generating 2018 revenues in excess of €1 billion—granting them worldwide rights to develop locally-administered Brilacidin in Ulcerative Proctitis/ Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis (UP/UPS). We look forward to leveraging this momentum. Brilacidin is a promising Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) drug candidate that appears to address many root causes of chronic gut disorders. Brilacidin also has been shown in other mid-stage clinical trials to be safe and efficacious in Serious Skin Infections and Oral Mucositis, with both of these Brilacidin indications Phase 3-ready.”
Bertolino continued: “The Alfasigma licensing agreement, importantly, enables us to access non-dilutive capital immediately and potentially into the future, via structured milestone-based payments and royalties. Equally important, we can now dedicate further internal resources to moving our clinical portfolio ahead—developing novel oral medications for hard-to-treat diseases like IBD, Oral Mucositis and Cancer. Successfully completing additional strategic alliances and licensing deals remains a primary objective, towards which we are making notable progress, with multiple active advanced-stage negotiations ongoing. We are excited about the Company’s prospects heading into the second-half of 2019, and anticipate providing future updates as events unfold.”
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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. 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 Infections. 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.
Forward-Looking Statements : This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements concerning the future execution of a definitive agreement with a global pharmaceutical company and the anticipated terms thereof, our future drug development plans, other statements regarding future product developments, and markets, including with respect to specific indications, and any other statements which are other than statements of historical fact. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Company’s actual results and experience to differ materially from anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. The Company has in some cases identified forward-looking statements by using words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “hopes,” “estimates,” “looks,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “goal,” “potential,” “may,” “suggest,” and similar expressions. Among other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements are the Company’s need for, and the availability of, substantial capital in the future to fund its operations and research and development; including the amount and timing of the sale of shares of common stock under securities purchase agreements; the fact that the Company’s licensee(s) may not successfully complete pre-clinical or clinical testing and the Company will not receive milestone payments, or the fact that the Company’s compounds may not successfully complete pre-clinical or clinical testing, or be granted regulatory approval to be sold and marketed in the United States or elsewhere. A more complete description of these risk factors is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by applicable law or regulation.
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