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.

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:

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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25th Aug 17

Boehringer Ingelheim Initiates Phase IIa Study in NASH

Boehringer Ingelheim initiates Phase IIa study of compound acquired from Pharmaxis in debilitating liver disease NASH

  • Boehringer Ingelheim commences Phase II program of investigational drug candidate BI 1467335 acquired from Pharmaxis with a 12 week Phase IIa proof of clinical principle study in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • New study underscores Boehringer Ingelheim’s aspiration to deliver more first in class medicines with breakthrough potential for patients with cardio metabolic diseases
  • Pharmaxis to receive €18 million milestone payment in a significant further endorsement of the company’s ability to generate value from its early stage pipeline.

INGELHEIM, Germany and SYDNEY, Australia – August 24, 2017 – Boehringer Ingelheim and pharmaceutical company Pharmaxis (ASX: PXS) announce that Boehringer Ingelheim has initiated a European and North American Phase IIa trial in NASH with BI 1467335 (formerly known as PXS-4728A), acquired from Pharmaxis in May 2015. The compound is an oral inhibitor of amine oxidase, copper containing 3 (AOC3)[1], and works by blocking leucocyte adhesion and tissue infiltration in inflammatory processes underlying NASH.

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