New data presented by Prometic at ADA’s scientific sessions validates PBI-4050’s positive impact on kidneys in patients with diabetes

June 12, 2017 Fred Dumais

A Summary of New Data Presented:

  • PBI-4050 significantly reduced microparticles shedding from the kidney and key renal biomarkers in diabetic and obese patients
  • PBI-4050 prevents diabetic nephropathy and damage to pancreatic cells producing insulin in preclinical diabetic model
  • PBI-4050 reduces liver damage and insulin resistance in a high fat diet preclinical model
  • New data presented at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego

LAVAL, Quebec – June 12, 2017 – Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: PFSCF) presented new data at the 2017 American Diabetes Association (ADA)’s 77th Scientific Sessions in San Diego. The data presented included results from a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating PBI-4050 in 24 patients with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes (MST2D), as well as from preclinical studies demonstrating the protective effect of PBI-4050 on the kidney, pancreas and liver in diabetic animals.

New data from the completed Phase 2 trial, discussed in an oral presentation, showed that, after 12 weeks of treatment with PBI-4050, a statistically significant reduction of microparticles shedding from the kidney in the patients’ urine was observed. Furthermore, a statistically significant reduction in key renal biomarkers was also demonstrated in the same patients.  “Taken together, these data provide strong evidence that PBI-4050 protects the kidney from the injury commonly observed in diabetic patients,” explained John Moran, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Prometic. “This is supportive of our Phase 2/3 placebo-controlled clinical trial we intend to initiate in the second half of 2017 in patients with late stage chronic kidney disease and diabetes”.

Lyne Gagnon, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development at Prometic presented data providing further evidence that the beneficial clinical effect of PBI-4050 is through a novel mechanism regulating inflammation and fibrosis. “It is quite compelling to see how PBI-4050 reduces damages in the liver, kidney and pancreas in two new preclinical models which again translates perfectly to what we have observed in the patients in our clinical trial,” stated Dr. Gagnon.

Oral presentation and posters at ADA:

PBI-4050 Reduces Key Cardiorenal Biomarkers and Urinary Microparticles in Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Metabolic Syndrome

PBI‐4050 Prevents Destruction of β‐Cells and Islets, and Diabetic Nephropathy in NOD Mice, a Model of Type 1 Diabetes

PBI-4050 Protects Against Renal Fibrosis and Improves Pancreatic Function in High-Fat-Diet db/db Mouse Model

PBI-4050 Improves Glucose Metabolism and Insulin Resistance, and Reduces Liver Damage in a High-Fat Diet Mouse Model of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Oral Treatment with PBI-4547, a Novel Anti-Diabetic and Anti-Fibrotic Compound: A Potential Therapy for Diabetes, Diabetic Nephropathy, and Obesity 

About PBI-4050 & PBI-4547

PBI-4050 and PBI-4547 are Prometic’s orally active lead drug candidates targeting fibrosis. PBI-4050 will be entering Phase 2/3 clinical trials after demonstrating efficacy and excellent safety profiles in three Phase 2 open label clinical trials. Prometic plans to initiate the next phase of clinical trials for PBI-4547 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Fibrosis is a complex process by which continuing inflammation causes vital organs to lose their function as normal tissue is replaced by fibrotic scar tissue. The proof-of-concept data generated to-date with PBI-4050 confirms its anti-fibrotic activity in several key organs including the kidneys, the heart, the lungs and the liver. PBI-4050 has on-going clinical trials in patients with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, cystic fibrosis with related diabetes and Alström Syndrome. The planned Phase 2/3 clinical trials scheduled to commence this year target patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Twenty-six million patients in the U.S. alone are believed to suffer from CKD. Patients with severe CKD (stages 3 and 4) suffer from a progressive loss of their renal function leading to end-stage renal disease and the need for dialysis or kidney transplant. Cardiovascular complications are the most common cause of death in dialysis patients. 

About Prometic Life Sciences Inc.       

Prometic Life Sciences Inc. ( is a biopharmaceutical company with globally recognized expertise in bioseparations, plasma-derived therapeutics and small-molecule drug development. Prometic offers its state-of-the-art technologies for large-scale purification of biologics, drug development, proteomics and the elimination of pathogens to a growing number of industry leaders. The company uses its own affinity technology, which provides for highly efficient extraction and purification of therapeutic proteins from human plasma, to develop best-in-class therapeutics and orphan drugs. Prometic is also active in developing its own novel small-molecule therapeutic products targeting unmet medical needs in the fields of fibrosis, anemia, neutropenia, cancer and autoimmune diseases/inflammation as well as certain nephropathies. Headquartered in Laval, Canada, Prometic has R&D facilities in the U.K., the U.S. and Canada, manufacturing facilities in the U.K. and commercial activities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia.

Forward Looking Statements

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About the Author

Fred Dumais

Fred is responsible for leading Prometic’s investor relations team and is accountable for all global investor relations activity, PR and event management. He joined the company in 2001, and brings nearly twenty years of experience in investor and financial communications, as well as a deep experience of the pharmaceutical industry. He has extensive knowledge of the global financial markets in the US, Europe and his native country of Canada. Fred is a graduate from Concordia University where he gained a BA in Business Communications. He also brings to the role a background in law with a LLB from the University of Québec.

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