Vitae Pharmaceuticals Reports Top-Line Results From Remaining Monotherapy Arm of Phase 2 Clinical Trial of BI187004 in Overweight Type 2 Diabetes Patients

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Dec. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTAE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, today announced top-line clinical efficacy results from the remaining monotherapy arm of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial of BI187004 (VTP-34072) in type 2 diabetes.

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 proof-of-concept trial assessed the safety, tolerability, efficacy, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of BI187004 as monotherapy and as an add-on to metformin background therapy over a period of 28 days in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In June 2015, Vitae reported that top-line results from the metformin arm of the Phase 2 trial did not meet the predefined primary efficacy endpoint criteria (fasting glucose lowering). As Vitae anticipated based on these earlier results, in this remaining monotherapy arm of the trial, BI187004 did not achieve the predefined primary efficacy endpoint criteria. As a result, Boehringer Ingelheim has informed Vitae of its intention to terminate the program and its corresponding license agreement. Vitae has no current plans to continue the program independently, but will assess options during the coming months.

About BI187004 / VTP-34072

BI187004, an 11β HSD1 inhibitor, was discovered using Vitae’s proprietary Contour® platform, and was being developed by Boehringer Ingelheim for the treatment of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome in the framework of a partnership. In preclinical studies, BI187004 had a positive impact on multiple cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome, which differentiates it from other classes of type 2 diabetes drugs.

About Vitae Pharmaceuticals

Vitae Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class product candidates with potential to transform the treatment paradigm for patients with significant unmet medical needs. Initial indications being pursued include psoriasis, other autoimmune disorders, and atopic dermatitis. Vitae’s lead clinical assets include VTP-43742, an oral RORgt inhibitor currently being studied in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, and VTP-38543, an LXRβ selective agonist to be studied in patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis.

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INVESTORS: Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Richard S. Morris, CPA Chief Financial Officer (215) 461-2000 Westwicke Partners John Woolford (443) 213-0506 MEDIA: 6 Degrees PR Tony Plohoros (908) 591-2839

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