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OMEICOS Therapeutics Announces First-Dosing in Phase 2 Clinical Study Evaluating its Lead Program OMT-28 in Patients with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Berlin, Germany, April 29, 2019

PROMISE-AF trial to deliver clinical proof-of-concept and determine Phase 3 dosing regimen for novel approach to stabilize the heart rhythm.

OMEICOS Therapeutics, a Berlin-based biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and ophthalmic diseases, today announced the dosing of a first patient in a Phase 2 clinical study for the company’s OMT-28 development program. The placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized PROMISE-AF study will evaluate the efficacy, safety, and population pharmacokinetics in patients with persistent Atrial Fibrillation (AF). The study is expected to enroll up to 120 patients via centers in four European countries. The completion of the PROMISE-AF trial is expected for H1 2020 and should enable OMEICOS to transition OMT-28 into Phase III clinical evaluation.

“In our first-in-man study, OMT-28 was shown to be safe with results strongly supporting OMT-28’s claim to have a low risk for pro-arrhythmia. We are thus very excited to further substantiate our clinical data set for OMT-28 in AF patients addressing a significant unmet medical need with a novel therapeutic approach,” said Dr. Robert Fischer, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of OMEICOS Therapeutics. “OMT-28 targets the process of intracellular calcium regulation and mitochondrial function to stabilize the heart’s rhythm and in addition provides a cardioprotective effect. This mechanism sets it apart from currently marketed anti-arrhythmic drugs with the potential to make a real difference for the millions of patients suffering from AF. Since our therapeutic platform targets one of nature’s most important cell-protective pathways, clinical evaluation of OMT-28 in cardiovascular diseases could very well act as the cornerstone to branch out into multiple other indications.”

OMT-28 is a stable synthetic small molecule analog of the natural omega-3 fatty acid metabolite 17,18-EEQ, which has a structure optimized to provide high efficacy, safety and oral bioavailability. The compound has already proven its anti-arrhythmic, cardioprotective and anti-fibrotic potential in different in vivo models.

The primary goal of the PROMISE-AF trial is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of three different dose levels of OMT-28 administered once daily versus placebo and the drug’s impact on the maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in patients with persistent AF. To accurately detect and monitor arrhythmias and assess the AF burden for patients, data will be collected via an implantable cardiac monitor provided by Berlin-based medical device specialist Biotronik. 

More information on the PROMISE-AF study is available on https://www.clinicaltrials.gov.

About OMEICOS

OMEICOS Therapeutics is a spin-off company from the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin. The company has discovered a series of metabolically robust synthetic analogues of omega-3 fatty acid-derived epoxyeicosanoids that have the potential to treat inflammatory, cardiovascular and other diseases. Epoxyeicosanoids, as a newly described class of bioactive lipid mediators, target one of nature’s most important cell-protective pathways, promoting organ and tissue protection. OMEICOS’ small molecules are orally available and show improved biological activity and pharmacokinetic properties compared to their natural counterparts. OMEICOS’ technology is based on ground-breaking scientific results in the field of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism and physiology obtained by the companies’ founders, Dr. Wolf-Hagen Schunck, Prof. John. R. Falck, Prof. Dominik Mueller and Dr. Robert Fischer. The companies’ research activities has been supported by a grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). www.omeicos.com

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OMEICOS Therapeutics GmbH
Dr. Robert Fischer, CEO, CSO
Phone: +49 (0) 30 9489 4810
E-Mail: r.fischer@omeicos.com
www.omeicos.com

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OMEICOS Therapeutics Closes €17m Series C Financing to Advance Lead Candidate OMT-28 Towards Pivotal Trials in Atrial Fibrillation

Berlin, Germany, and Boston, MA, USA, November 2, 2018

Proceeds provide OMEICOS with the financial runway to conduct the Phase II Study PROMISE-AF and continue expansion into ophthalmology through US subsidiary

OMEICOS Therapeutics, a Berlin-based biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and ophthalmic diseases, today announced the closing of a EUR 17 million (approx. USD 19.5 million) Series C financing led by new investor Forbion.

Existing investors Vesalius Biocapital II S.A. SICAR, Remiges BioPharma Fund, SMS Group GmbH, KFW Group, VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, High-Tech Gründerfonds II GmbH & Co. KG and The Falck Revocable Trust participated as well. The proceeds from this round will finance PROMISE-AF, a placebo controlled, double-blinded, randomized, dose finding Phase II study on OMT-28 in maintenance of sinus rhythm after electrical cardioversion in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. Additionally, OMEICOS will continue to drive the expansion of its pipeline into novel indications including ophthalmology, led by its US-based subsidiary OMEICOS Ophthalmics. “This financing arrives in a particularly exciting time for the OMEICOS team as we accelerate plans to initiate our Phase II study of OMT-28, OMEICOS’ novel safe rhythm stabilizer developed for patients with atrial fibrillation. The investment of Forbion confirms the excellent work of the entire team and supports our ambitious plans in atrial fibrillation and other indications,” commented Robert Fischer, MD, CEO/CSO of OMEICOS Therapeutics. Holger Reithinger, Ph.D. General Partner at Forbion added: “We’ve been following the OMEICOS story for some time and are very positive about the progress. The unique concept of a novel treatment for atrial fibrillation together with the excellent safety data of OMT-28 convinced us to invest and support the future growth of the company.” Christian Schneider, Ph.D. Managing Partner at Vesalius Biocapital commented: “The addition of Forbion is another consequent step in the successful development of OMEICOS. The shareholders highly welcome Forbion’s commitment to join forces in order to accelerate the company’s development pipeline in indications with high unmet medical need.” OMEICOS is developing first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and ophthalmic diseases. The compounds are synthetic analogs of naturally occurring, but metabolically unstable, metabolites of omega-3 fatty acids that can activate anti-arrhythmic, cardio protective and anti-inflammatory pathways. OMEICOS’ first-in-class small molecules can be administered orally and have shown improved biological activity and pharmacokinetic properties compared to their natural counterparts. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia affecting an estimated 33.5 million people worldwide. Incidence is expected to increase over the next decade as life expectancy increases. The disease is associated with significant health risks and current therapies have limited efficacy and safety. OMEICOS Ophthalmics was established in Boston, MA, USA in August 2017 to focus on a clinical development program for OMEICOS’ ophthalmological drug indications. OMEICOS’ compounds are currently in preclinical development for macular edema disease, including wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy. New treatments for wet AMD are needed to reduce the burden of repeated, frequent injections of therapeutics into the eye, and to offer more convenient routes of administration.

Meet OMEICOS Therapeutics at BIO-Europe 2018 in Copenhagen: Dr. Robert Fischer, CEO of OMEICOS will give a company presentation on Tuesday, November 6th, 4:45 pm, Cardiovascular track, Room B1

About OMEICOS

OMEICOS Therapeutics is a spin-off company from the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin. The company has discovered a series of metabolically robust synthetic analogues of omega-3 fatty acid-derived epoxyeicosanoids that have the potential to treat inflammatory, cardiovascular and other diseases. Epoxyeicosanoids, as a newly described class of bioactive lipid mediators, activate cell type-specific endogenous pathways that promote organ and tissue protection. OMEICOS’ small molecules are orally available and show improved biological activity and pharmacokinetic properties compared to their natural counterparts. OMEICOS’ technology is based on ground-breaking scientific results in the field of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism and physiology obtained by the companies’ founders, Dr. Wolf-Hagen Schunck, Prof. John. R. Falck, Prof. Dominik Mueller and Dr. Robert Fischer. The companies’ research activities are supported by a grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). www.omeicos.com

Contacts

OMEICOS Therapeutics GmbH
Dr. Robert Fischer, CEO, CSO
Phone: +49 (0) 30 9489 4810
E-Mail: r.fischer@omeicos.com
www.omeicos.com

Media requests

MacDougall Biomedical Communications
Mario Brkulj or Kara Mazey
Main: +49 89 2424 3494 or +1 781-235-3060
E-Mail: omeicos@macbiocom.com

OMEICOS Therapeutics Announces Compelling First-in-Human Data on Lead Compound OMT-28 and Prepares Phase 2 Trial in Atrial Fibrillation

Berlin, Germany, July,17 2018

High-resolution electrocardiography strongly supports OMT-28’s claim for low pro-arrhythmic risk

OMEICOS Therapeutics, a Berlin-based biopharmaceutical company developing first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and ophthalmic diseases, today announced results from its first-in-human clinical study for OMT-28.

The study met its primary goal with OMT-28 exhibiting an excellent tolerability profile and showing no safety signals in vital signs or safety laboratory parameters up to the maximum dose tested, which was 60 mg. High-resolution electrocardiography recordings were used to detect any heart beat anomalies such as QT-prolongations and changes in the PR and QRS intervals. OMT-28 did not have a clinically relevant effect on these heart rate parameters or on cardiac conduction at all doses tested in the trial which strongly supports OMT-28’s claim to have a low risk for pro-arrhythmia. With the Phase 1 trial concluded, OMEICOS has accelerated its plans to initiate a subsequent Phase 2 trial focused on maintenance of sinus rhythm in patients suffering from non-permanent Atrial Fibrillation. “It is very encouraging to see that even at the highest dose tested for OMT-28, the regular heart beat physiology in healthy volunteers remained intact, since the tendency of existing antiarrhythmic drugs to lead to the emergence of potentially life threatening arrhythmias is a well-documented paradox”, said Robert Fischer, MD, CEO of OMEICOS Therapeutics. “We believe this further supports our claim that OMT-28 could become the first example of a complete novel class of drugs combining anti-arrhythmic, cardioprotective and anti-remodelling effects for long-term rhythm maintenance. With this data, the swift execution of our development plan for OMT-28 remains a top priority for OMEICOS and we are eager to initiate the subsequent Phase 2 trial in patients suffering from a common form of atrial fibrillation. Additionally, the results of our first-in-human study put us in a great position to unlock the tremendous potential of OMT-28 and the entire new molecule class in several other indications”. OMEICOS’ lead compound, OMT-28, is a stable synthetic small molecule analog of the natural omega-3 fatty acid metabolite 17,18-EEQ, which has a structure optimized to provide high efficacy, safety and oral bioavailability. OMT-28 has already proven its anti-arrhythmic, cardioprotective and anti-fibrotic potential in different in vivo models. The now concluded randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 1 study was conducted at two centers in Germany and enrolled 75 subjects. The results of the first-in-human trial demonstrate that OMT-28’s pharmacokinetic profile allows a once daily oral treatment. Additional parameters analyzed in the trial were the impact of the subject’s gender or diet on the uptake and metabolism of OMT-28.

For more information on the trial (NCT03078738) please visit https://clinicaltrials.gov.

Contacts

OMEICOS Therapeutics GmbH Dr. Robert Fischer, CEO, CSO
Phone: +49 (0) 30 9489 4810
E-Mail: r.fischer@omeicos.com
www.omeicos.com

Media requests

MacDougall Biomedical Communications
Mario Brkulj or Kara Mazey
Main: +49 89 2424 3494 or +1 781-235-3060
E-Mail: omeicos@macbiocom.com