Biodel Advances Ultra-Rapid-Acting Concentrated Insulin Formulation Into Clinical Development

DANBURY, Conn., Nov. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Biodel Inc. (Nasdaq:BIOD) today announced the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial under its existing U.S. Investigational New Drug Application, as part of the development program for concentrated insulin candidate BIOD-531. BIOD-531 is a proprietary novel formulation of concentrated recombinant human insulin (RHI) with a unique time-action profile to address the growing population of severely insulin resistant type 2 diabetes patients and the existing population of patients currently using premixed insulins to manage both prandial and basal glucose control requirements with a single injection. The company anticipates top line data in the first calendar quarter of 2014.

Chief executive officer Dr. Errol De Souza said: "BIOD-531's ultra-rapid-acting onset and basal duration profile, coupled with its high concentration, could offer diabetes patients and medical practitioners a novel tool to improve prandial coverage, while maintaining adequate basal coverage, in both insulin resistant patients and patients who use premixed insulins."

Study Design

The Study is a four-way cross-over Phase 1 clinical trial in which the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and injection site toleration profiles of BIOD-531 will be evaluated and compared to Humulin® R, U-500 and to Humalog® prandial/basal premixed insulin. Twelve volunteers will receive single injections of each insulin on separate days in a randomized treatment sequence. The identity of each study drug will be blinded at the time of the injection. After each test injection, volunteers will undergo euglycemic clamp studies to determine the pharmacodynamic profile of the test insulin formulation. On two of the test days, BIOD-531 and Humulin R, U-500 will be administered at doses of 1.0 unit/kg, which is the range used by patients with type 2 diabetes and severe insulin resistance. On the other two days of the 4 period Study, BIOD-531 and Humalog 75/25 premixed insulin will be administered at a dose of 0.5 units/kg. This dose reflects that which might be used by patients with moderate degrees of insulin resistance who use premixes.

About BIOD-531

Biodel's concentrated insulin candidate BIOD-531 contains 400 units per milliliter (U-400) of RHI formulated with EDTA, citrate and magnesium sulfate. In preclinical studies in diabetic swine, BIOD-531 demonstrated a more rapid rate of absorption and onset of action than RHI Humulin® R, U-500 and Humalog® premixed formulations and had a comparable duration of action as RHI Humulin® R U-500. Based on this unique combination of rapid absorption with a basal duration profile, BIOD-531 may provide superior meal-time glucose control for patients using Humulin® R, U-500. For patients using premixed prandial/basal insulins, BIOD-531 could enable patients to minimize injection volume while benefitting from the ultra-rapid onset of action.

The current unmet medical need for a concentrated ultra-rapid-acting insulin formulation exists among a subset of type 2 diabetes patients who demonstrate severe insulin resistance and require greater than 200 units of insulin daily to meet their insulin needs. Currently Eli Lilly's Humulin® R, U-500 is the only concentrated RHI product on the U.S. market. Humulin® R, U-500 concentrated insulin has a suboptimal pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile with a more prolonged onset than U-100 insulin analog formulations.

Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk market preparations of human insulin or rapid-acting analog prandial insulins premixed with intermediate-acting basal neutral protamine insulins in a variety of ratios such as 70/30, 75/25 and 50/50. Premixes provide basal and bolus therapy with fewer injections per day. Premixes represent approximately thirty percent of the more than $8 billion global rapid-acting prandial insulin market.

About Biodel Inc.

Biodel Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatments for diabetes that may be safer, more effective and more convenient for patients. Biodel's product candidates are developed by applying proprietary technologies to existing drugs in order to improve their therapeutic profiles. More information about Biodel is available at

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CONTACT: Seth D. Lewis +1-646-378-2952Source:Biodel Inc.