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Rhizen Pharmaceuticals S.A. to present preclinical data of their first-in-class inflammation assets, RP6503 and RP3128 for treatment of various respiratory diseases

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Sept. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rhizen Pharmaceuticals S.A. announces data for their lead first-in-class inflammation/auto-immune assets, RP6503 and RP3128 in preclinical models of pulmonary fibrosis, COPD and asthma. Therapeutic potential of RP3128 in asthma will be highlighted during an oral presentation.

--- Data to be presented at European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress 2014, September 6-10, Munich, Germany

--- RP-6503, a novel dual PI3K delta/gamma inhibitor demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic data especially in combination with Esbriet ® (pirfenidone) in preclinical models of pulmonary fibrosis

--- RP-6503, a novel dual PI3K delta/gamma inhibitor demonstrated significant efficacy in preclinical models relevant to COPD

--- Oral administration of RP-3128, a potent and novel CRAC channel inhibitor attenuated respiratory distress in allergen challenged guinea pig models

--- Phase 1 clinical trials (inhalation & oral route) to be initiated in 1H of 2015

Details of the poster and oral presentations:

-- Poster Title: Pre-clinical evaluation of a novel and selective PI3K delta/gamma inhibitor in pulmonary fibrosis

· Session: 160

· Presentation Date & Time: 07 September 2014; 14:45-16:45

· Session Location: Room M-1(B0)

· Poster Board Number: P1507

-- Poster Title: RP-6503, a novel and selective PI3K delta/gamma inhibitor, potentiates the effect of steroids in pre-clinical models of COPD

· Session Information: 160

· Presentation Date & Time: 07 September 2014; 14:45-16:45

· Session Location: Room M-1(B0)

· Poster Board Number: P1504

-- Oral Presentation Title: CRAC channel inhibition by RP3128 ameliorates airway hyper-reactivity in antigen sensitized mice and guinea pigs

· Session: 508

· Presentation Date & Time: 10 September 2014; 10:45-12:45

· Presentation Location: Room 14c (ICM)

About Rhizen Pharmaceuticals S.A.:

Rhizen Pharmaceuticals is an innovative, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, immune and metabolic disorders. Since its establishment in 2008, Rhizen has created a diverse pipeline of proprietary drug candidates targeting several cancers and immune associated cellular pathways. Rhizen is headquartered in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. For additional information, please visit Rhizen's website, www.rhizen.com.

CONTACT: Kumar V. Penmetsa, Ph.D. Vice President, Corporate Development Rhizen Pharmaceuticals S.A. Telephone: +1-267-207-5707 Email: kvp@rhizen.com

Source:Rhizen Pharmceuticals SA