RALEIGH, N.C., March 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Islet Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB:ISLT), a biopharmaceutical company developing new medicines and technologies for the treatment of metabolic disease, announced today that Chief Operating Officer, Dr. William Wilkison, will present data on remogliflozin etabonate and its efficacy and safety in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and NAFLD/NASH as well as participating in a panel discussion at the Metabolic Leaders Forum 2015 in Boston, MA on March 24th.
The presentation will focus on the unique properties of remogliflozin etabonate ("remogliflozin") that distinguish it from other SGLT2 inhibitors currently marketed or under development.
"Based on the results of several studies, we have developed a unique view of the biology associated with SGLT2 inhibition and how chemistry can drive outcomes for both NASH and type 2 diabetes," stated Dr. Wilkison. "The data suggests that nighttime inhibition of SGLT2 may be responsible for the elevated LDL-c levels and increased genital fungal infections observed with long acting SGLT2 inhibitors. So we are developing remogliflozin in a way that optimizes daytime exposure, limits the nighttime effect and capitalizes on the inherent anti-oxidant properties unique to remogliflozin."
Remogliflozin is a selective SGLT2 inhibitor in phase 2b clinical development for NASH and type 2 diabetes. Remogliflozin has been dosed in over 800 people in more than twenty clinical trials. In twelve-week phase 2b clinical studies, remogliflozin demonstrated HbA1c lowering greater than 1% with no significant adverse events and low incidence rates of genitourinary infections and little or no increases in LDL-c, common side effects associated with SGLT2 inhibitors. Remogliflozin also demonstrated strong postprandial glucose disposal and improvements in both insulin sensitivity and beta cell function. In patients with impaired renal function, remogliflozin showed little plasma accumulation relative to patients with normal renal function and, therefore, no dose adjustment is expected for this large (>35%) segment of the diabetic population. The review by a central IRB and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the protocol for a phase 2b clinical study of remogliflozin was conducted in late 2014. Clinical site selection is underway with dosing expected to commence 2015. The study is designed as a 12-week double blind, placebo controlled, and dose-ranging study of remogliflozin in type 2 diabetics. A phase 2b clinical study of remogliflozin for NASH is anticipated to initiate in 2015.
About Islet Sciences
Islet Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in Raleigh, NC, is developing new medicines and technologies for the treatment of metabolic disease. In addition to remogliflozin, the Company's pipeline includes immune-modulating small molecule IL-12 antagonists targeting beta-cell preservation and inflammation, a cell-based transplantation therapy for insulin-dependent diabetes, and a PCR-based molecular diagnostic measuring beta-cell loss for the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes or onset of insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes. On March 3, 2015, Islet Sciences, Inc. ("Islet") entered into an exclusive license agreement with Brighthaven Ventures, L.L.C. for rights to develop and commercialize a novel SGLT2 inhibitor, remogliflozin etabonate, in the licensed territory. The exclusive license will only become effective upon Islet raising a minimum of $10 million and paying BHV the upfront fee by May 31, 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.isletsciences.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect current expectations as of the date of this press release and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, and such forward-looking statements are not predictions of future events. Factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the recent results or those projected in forward-looking statements include the Company's ability to raise the minimum $10 million of funding required by the license agreement, the failure of the license agreement to become effective by May 31, 2015, the Company's ability to develop and commercialize remogliflozin, and the other risks described in Islet Science, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The development and commercialization of remogliflozin is highly dependent on future medical and research developments and market acceptance, which are outside of Islet's control.
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