Tonix Pharmaceuticals Completes Enrollment in Phase 2 Clinical Trial of TNX-102 SL in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

NEW YORK, Dec. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. (NASDAQ:TNXP) (“Tonix”), which is developing next-generation medicines for fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and episodic tension-type headache, announced today that it has completed enrollment in its Phase 2 AtEase clinical trial of TNX-102 SL (cyclobenzaprine HCl sublingual tablets) for the treatment of PTSD.

“We are studying military-related PTSD in our AtEase trial because there is an urgent need to develop PTSD treatments for the veterans who have served our nation,” said Seth Lederman, M.D., Tonix’s president and CEO. ”AtEase is potentially a landmark study in PTSD research, and we look forward to reporting top-line data from this trial in the second quarter of 2016,” added Dr. Lederman.

The AtEase study is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, registration-quality Phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of TNX-102 SL for the treatment of patients with military-related PTSD. Participants are treated with TNX-102 SL 2.8 mg, TNX-102 SL 5.6 mg, or inactive control, sublingually once daily at bedtime for 12 weeks. The primary endpoint of the study is the week 12 mean change from baseline score in the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) in participants who received TNX-102 SL 2.8 mg as compared to those who received inactive control. The AtEase study is being conducted at approximately 25 U.S. sites, and enrollment has exceeded the 240-patient goal.

About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD can arise from witnessing or experiencing traumatic events, and is linked to negative behavioral outcomes such as suicide. An estimated 3.5% of American adults, or approximately 8.5 million individuals, suffer from PTSD each year, and only about half of these are receiving some form of treatment. The prevalence rate of PTSD in the military population is higher than that among civilians.

About TNX-102 SL

TNX-102 SL is designed to deliver a low dose of cyclobenzaprine to the bloodstream via sublingual (under the tongue) absorption. As a multifunctional agent with antagonist activities at the serotonin-2A, alpha-1 adrenergic, and histamine H1 receptors, TNX-102 SL is under clinical development for the treatment of PTSD and is intended to provide broad spectrum improvement by targeting sleep and the stress response. Tonix is developing TNX-102 SL for daily bedtime administration for the treatment of fibromyalgia and PTSD.

About Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp.

Tonix is developing next-generation medicines for common disorders of the central nervous system, including fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and episodic tension-type headache. These disorders are characterized by chronic disability, inadequate treatment options, high utilization of healthcare services, and significant economic burden. This press release and further information about Tonix can be found at www.tonixpharma.com.

TNX-102 SL is an Investigational New Drug and has not been approved for any indication.

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Contact: Leland Gershell Chief Financial Officer (212) 980-9155 x104 leland.gershell@tonixpharma.com Jenene Thomas Communications (investors) Jenene Thomas (908) 938-1475 jenene@jenenethomascommunications.com Dian Griesel Int'l. (media) Susan Forman / Laura Radocaj (212) 825-3210 sforman@dgicomm.com lradocaj@dgicomm.com

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