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For the latest media releases and news about Pharmaxis Ltd, please select from the following articles. Material news announcements made by Pharmaxis are first filed with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and are also available on the ASX website.

19th Oct 17

Pharmaxis Strengthens Drug Discovery Capability as its Technology Platform Continues to Deliver

  • Head of Chemistry (ex Boehringer Ingelheim) recruited to Drug Discovery leadership team
  • Two leading scientists join Scientific Advisory Board
  • Amine Oxidase chemistry platform delivers five lead candidates in fibrosis and inflammation over four years as Pharmaxis states ambition to expand its drug discovery activities into new technologies and take select programs into phase 2 clinical trials.

 

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8th Sep 17

New Study in Diabetic Retinopathy - Interview with Pharmaxis Chief Executive Officer

Pharmaceutical research company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS) today released a video interview with Chief Executive Officer Gary Phillips discussing the announcement that Boehringer Ingelheim is initiating a Phase 2a study in a second disease indication for the drug it acquired from Pharmaxis in 2015.

The five minute video interview can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSB0fGkW5Kk

6th Sep 17

Anti Fibrotic LOXL2 Program Clears Preclinical Development and Set to Commence Phase 1 Trials

Pharmaceutical research company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS) and its collaborator UK biotechnology company Synairgen plc (AIM: SNG) today announced completion of the preclinical development stage of their anti-fibrotic Lysyl Oxidase type 2 (LOXL2) inhibitor program allowing the first compound to commence human clinical phase I studies in Q4 2017.

The Pharmaxis drug discovery group has developed a number of selective small molecule inhibitors to the LOXL2 enzyme utilising the same amine oxidase platform that delivered PXS-4728A, an anti-inflammatory drug that was acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim in 2015. The LOXL2 enzyme is fundamental to the fibrotic cascade that follows chronic inflammation in the liver disease NASH, cardiac fibrosis, kidney fibrosis, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and it also plays a role in some cancers.

Pharmaxis CEO Gary Phillips said, “The extensive pre‐clinical program performed on our program compounds has confirmed that they have all the characteristics of a successful once a day, oral drug. They have shown excellent efficacy in several different in vivo fibrosis models including fibrosis of the liver, lung, kidney and heart. These findings have been the subject of presentations at a number of international scientific conferences and more data will be presented at similar upcoming events as the phase 1 studies proceed. In regulatory toxicity studies, our compounds have been well tolerated and shown a good safety profile.”

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