Jul 1, 2020
RedHill Biopharma to Present at the Sachs Novel Coronavirus Investment Forum
TEL-AVIV, Israel and RALEIGH, N.C., July 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RedHill Biopharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: RDHL) (“RedHill” or the “Company”), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that Mr. Gilead Raday, RedHill's Chief Operating Officer, will present the Company’s ongoing Phase 2/3 development programs with opaganib (Yeliva®, ABC294640)1 and RHB-107 (upamostat, WX-671)2 for COVID-19 at the Sachs Digital Novel Coronavirus Investment Forum, taking place July 7-9, 2020.
The presentation will be available on the Company's website, http://ir.redhillbio.com/events on July 7, 2020 for a period of 30 days.
In addition, Mr. Raday will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of ‘Potential Therapeutic Strategies to Prevent and Conquer Covid-19’ on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 10:15 a.m. EDT/4:15 p.m. CET. The live panel can be accessed by conference attendees or by registering via https://www.sachsforum.com/ncif-registration.html.
About Opaganib (ABC294640, Yeliva®)
Opaganib, a new chemical entity, is a proprietary, first-in-class, orally-administered, sphingosine kinase-2 (SK2) selective inhibitor with anticancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activities, targeting multiple oncology, viral, inflammatory and gastrointestinal indications. By inhibiting SK2, opaganib impacts multiple cellular pathways which are associated with cancer growth, viral replication and pathological inflammation.
Pre-clinical data have demonstrated both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activities of opaganib, with the potential to reduce lung inflammatory disorders, such as pneumonia, and mitigate pulmonary fibrotic damage. Several prior pre-clinical studies support the potential role of SK2 in the replication-transcription complex of positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses, similar to coronavirus, and its inhibition may potentially inhibit viral replication. Pre-clinical in vivo studies3 have demonstrated that opaganib decreased fatality rates from influenza virus infection and ameliorated Pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced lung injury by reducing the levels of IL-6 and TNF-alpha in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids.
Opaganib was originally developed by U.S.-based Apogee Biotechnology Corp. and completed multiple successful pre-clinical studies in oncology, inflammation, GI and radioprotection models, as well as a Phase 1 clinical study in cancer patients with advanced solid tumors.
Opaganib received Orphan Drug designation from the U.S. FDA for the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma and is being evaluated in a Phase 1/2a in advanced cholangiocarcinoma and in a Phase 2 study in prostate cancer. Opaganib is also being evaluated for the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The development of opaganib has been supported by grants and contracts from U.S. federal and state government agencies awarded to Apogee Biotechnology Corp., including from the NCI, BARDA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the FDA Office of Orphan Products Development.
About RHB-107 (upamostat)
RHB-107 is a proprietary, first-in-class, orally administered potent inhibitor of several serine proteases targeting cancer, inflammatory lung diseases, and gastrointestinal diseases. RedHill is currently pursuing a Phase 2/3 clinical development program with RHB-107 for COVID-19. RHB-107 has undergone several Phase 1 studies and two Phase 2 proof-of-concept studies demonstrating its clinical safety profile in over 300 patients across 10 clinical studies, including two completed Phase 2 studies in oncology patients and several Phase 1 studies in healthy volunteers and oncology patients. These studies helped establish the safety and tolerability of RHB-107 in humans. RedHill acquired the exclusive worldwide rights to RHB-107, excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, from Germany’s Heidelberg Pharmaceuticals