Matinas BioPharma Announces Pre-Screening of Patients to Determine Eligibility for Phase 2 ENHANCE-IT Study Against Vascepa®

Wednesday, 25. September 2019 13:00

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Sept. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE AMER: MTNB), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has commenced pre-screening patients to determine eligibility for ENHANCE-IT, its Phase 2 head-to-head pharmacodynamic (PD) study of MAT9001 against Vascepa in patients with elevated triglycerides (150-499 mg/dL).

“Our second head-to-head trial against Vascepa is an important milestone for our Company, and pre-screening patients for eligibility will facilitate rapid enrollment in the first quarter of 2020,” commented Jerome D. Jabbour, Chief Executive Officer of Matinas. “Topline data from this study, which we expect in the second half of 2020, will be another opportunity to distinguish MAT9001 from the market leading therapy in this emerging prescription omega-3 space.”

The “ENHANCE-IT trial (Pharmacodynamic effects of a free fatty acid formulation of omega-3 pentaenoic acids to enhance efficacy in adults with elevated triglycerides) will be led by Kevin C. Maki, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientist of Midwest Biomedical Research, and is expected to involve approximately six sites in the United States. “I am very excited about this clinical study,” stated Dr. Maki. “The world of prescription omega-3 therapies changed significantly after the results of REDUCE-IT, but there is still more to learn about this emerging class of medications regarding effects on cardiometabolic risk factors. ENHANCE-IT gives us an opportunity to confirm prior compelling data about the efficacy of MAT9001 compared to Vascepa.”

James J. Ferguson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Matinas, commenting on recent developments in omega-3 therapy and hypertriglyceridemia, said, “Momentum and excitement around the prescription omega-3 class continues to build as we enter a new era in the treatment of patients with elevated triglycerides (TGs). The recent Scientific Advisory document from the American Heart Association (AHA), which mentions MAT9001 favorably, the new European Society of Cardiology/European Atherosclerosis Society (ESC/EAS) Lipid Guidelines and a new National Lipid Association (NLA) Position Statement all recommend omega-3 therapy for treating higher-risk patients with elevated TGs, not just those with severe hypertriglyceridemia (≥500 mg/dL). This additional head-to-head efficacy study in a greater number of patients over a longer period of time will allow us to further highlight MAT9001 and support its potential to benefit patients.”

About Matinas BioPharma

Matinas BioPharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on development of its lead product candidate, MAT9001, for the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. MAT9001 is a prescription-only omega-3 fatty acid-based composition, comprised primarily of EPA and DPA, under development for hypertriglyceridemia, that was specifically designed to overcome the shortcomings seen with other agents in the omega-3 class. Company leadership has a deep history and knowledge of cardiovascular drug development and is supported by a world-class team of scientific advisors.

In addition, the Company is developing MAT2203, an oral, encochleated formulation of Amphotericin B, to treat serious invasive fungal infections. The drug is based on Matinas’ proprietary lipid nano-crystal (“LNC”) platform technology which can help solve complex challenges relating to the safe and effective delivery of potent medicines, potentially making them more targeted, less toxic and orally bioavailable. 

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Matinas Biopharma, Inc.
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