08 May 2017

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy - Update on INTEREST Phase III Study for Traumakine® in ARDS from IDMC


TURKU – FINLAND, 08 May, 2017 - Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd (“Faron”) (LON: FARN), the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announces that it has received an expected report dated 4th May 2017 from the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) on the INTEREST Phase III study for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) with its lead product Traumakine.

At this fourth meeting the IDMC has recommended to Faron that the trial should continue as planned with no changes, consistent with the recommendation received from IDMC as a result of three previous meetings. The IDMC also informed Faron that they will provide the next advanced recommendation after reviewing the data at 240 recruited patients. The Company expects this to take place during the third quarter of 2017.

ARDS is a severe orphan disease with a reported mortality rate of approximately 30–45%, for which there is currently no approved pharmacological treatment. It is characterised by widespread capillary leakage and inflammation in the lungs, most often as a result of pneumonia (e.g. following a pandemic influenza), sepsis, or significant trauma with around 300,000 annual cases in Europe and US.

The INTEREST trial is a Phase III double-blind, randomised, parallel-group comparison of efficacy and safety of Traumakine (FP-1201-lyo) and placebo in the treatment of patients with moderate to severe ARDS. The study, designed to include up to 300 patients, is currently being conducted in 60 hospital intensive care units (ICU) in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK. The primary efficacy endpoint in the INTEREST trial is the all-cause mortality rate at day 28, the only accepted primary end point for marketing approval by EMA. The INTEREST trial protocol is targeting a 50% reduction in all cause mortality at day 28 between placebo and treatment arm (from 30% to 15%).


Dr Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer of Faron Pharmaceuticals, commented: “We were again very delighted to learn that the IDMC gave us another recommendation to continue the INTEREST study as planned. We are looking forward to their next recommendation in Q3 2017, which we hope to confirm our plans for the future of the product and for ARDS patients.”

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For more information please contact:

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy
Dr Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer

Consilium Strategic Communications
Mary-Jane Elliott, Chris Welsh, Lindsey Neville
Tel: +44 (0)20 3709 5700
E-mail: faron@consilium-comms.com 

Westwicke Partners, IR (US)
Chris Brinzey
Phone: 01 339 970 2843
E-Mail: chris.brinzey@westwicke.com 

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP, Nominated Adviser
Emma Earl, Tony Rawlinson, Rebecca Anderson
Phone: +44 207 213 0880 

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, Joint Broker
Freddy Crossley, Duncan Monteith (Corporate Finance)
Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking)
Phone: +44 207 886 2500 

Whitman Howard Limited, Nominated Broker (UK)
Ranald McGregor-Smith, Francis North
Phone: +44 207 659 1234

About Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Faron is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company currently has a pipeline focusing on acute organ traumas, cancer immunotherapy and vascular damage. The pipeline is built on Faron’s scientific knowledge and control of the endothelial barrier, the membrane of cells lining blood and lymphatic vessels to separate blood content from tissues. The Company’s lead candidate Traumakine is in development for the treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (”ARDS”), a rare, severe, life-threatening medical condition characterised by widespread inflammation in the lungs. Traumakine is currently in pan-European (INTEREST) and Japanese pivotal Phase III studies, and is commencing a European Phase II trial for the Rupture of Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (“RAAA”). Additionally, Faron is developing Clevegen® a ground breaking pre-clinical anti-Clever-1 antibody. Clevegen has the ability to convert the immune environment around a tumour from being immune suppressive to immune stimulating. This novel macrophage-directed immuno-oncology approach is called Tumour Immunity Enabling Technology (”TIET”) and can be used alone or in combination with other immune checkpoint molecules for the treatment of cancer patients. New application opportunities related to TIET cover chronic infections and inefficient vaccination. Based in Turku, Finland, Faron Pharmaceuticals is listed on AIM under the ticker ‘FARN’. Further information is available at www.faronpharmaceuticals.com

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