Mimetogen Pharmaceutical Inc. Announces Positive Top Line Data from Phase II Clinical Trial of MIM-D3 for Dry Eye Disease
Edmonton, Alberta, June 27, 2011 – Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Mimetogen”) today announced positive top line data from the Phase II clinical trial of MIM-D3 for dry eye disease. The trial demonstrated statistically significant improvements in signs and symptoms with its low (1%) and high (5%) doses of MIM-D3, together with excellent safety and tolerability profiles. Mimetogen is in the process of completing its analysis of the data, and intends to present further details at a future medical conference.
“These preliminary results are very promising for the use of MIM-D3 for the treatment of dry eye disease,” said Garth Cumberlidge, President and CEO of Mimetogen. “MIM-D3, a novel growth factor mimetic, represents a potential first-in-class therapy for the estimated $1 billion US market.”
“We are very excited by the impressive results that Mimetogen has demonstrated in this Phase II trial, and we look forward to advising them on their strategic options going forward,” said Kevin Giese, President and CEO of Medwell Capital Corp.
Medwell Capital Corp. (“Medwell”) (TSX-V: MWC), has ownership of approximately 9.5% of Mimetogen’s issued and outstanding shares and if certain milestones are met, Medwell could further increase its ownership of Mimetogen. Medwell’s wholly owned subsidiary, Medwell Securities, has been retained by Mimetogen to provide business development advisory services.
Phase II Clinical Trial of MIM-D3 for Dry Eye Disease
Mimetogen’s lead drug candidate for the treatment of dry eye disease, MIM-D3, is a small molecule mimetic of nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is a naturally occurring protein in the eyes that is responsible for the maintenance of corneal nerves and epithelium, mucin and tear production. In contrast to most other products in development or on the market, MIM-D3 is designed to quickly and directly improve the quality of the tears produced by the eyes whilst reducing clinical signs and symptoms such as chronic dryness and grittiness. Dry eye disease is estimated to be a $1 billion US market for which there is currently only one FDA-approved treatment.
The 150-patient phase II randomized, double-masked, multi-center, placebo-controlled trial was designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and efficacy of MIM-D3 in improving both the signs and symptoms of dry eye.
About Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease is one of the most common ophthalmic problems, with an estimated 30 million people in North-America suffering from it and a worldwide prevalence closely paralleling that of the United States. Dry eye is a chronic multifactorial disease of the tears, the ocular surface and the adjacent neurological tissue that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance and tear film instability that may lead to permanent damage and scars to the ocular surface.
About Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals
Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a private company focused on developing the use of peptidomimetics as a novel approach to treating diseases with high unmet medical needs. The underlying technology was developed at McGill University and the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research in Montréal. The Company is currently developing novel therapeutic approaches for ophthalmic indications including dry eye disease, glaucoma and other degenerative diseases of the retina. Mimetogen also possesses a pipeline of lead compounds for non-ophthalmic indications (such as neurodegenerative disease and pain). Please visit the corporate website at www.mimetogen.com
About Medwell Capital Corp.
Medwell Capital Corp. is a Canadian-based service provider of capital and advisory services for the healthcare industry. For further information please visit www.medwellcapital.com.
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