Otonomy Announces OTIPRIO™ Data Presentation and Symposium at Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings

SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otonomy, Inc. (NASDAQ:OTIC), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the ear, today announced the upcoming presentation of results from an OTIPRIO™ (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) Phase 3b trial as well as the company’s sponsorship of a symposium related to OTIPRIO during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) that includes a meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) to be held May 20-22, 2016 in Chicago.

Eric Mair, M.D., Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates, will present the OTIPRIO Phase 3b trial results on Sunday, May 22, in a presentation titled, “Administration of Extended-Release Ciprofloxacin Gel after Tympanostomy Tube Placement (TTP) in Children with Middle Ear Effusion.” Preliminary results from this open label trial in pediatric patients with bilateral effusion which evaluated administration of OTIPRIO through the tube during the TTP procedure were summarized during Otonomy’s Investor Day in October 2015.

Otonomy Medical Affairs will be sponsoring a symposium and reception on May 21 titled, “A Clinical Discussion of a New Perioperative Treatment for Pediatric Patients Undergoing Tube Placement: Single-dose Thermosensitive Ciprofloxacin Suspension.” Dr. Eric Mair will serve as the speaker and the symposium will include a live demonstration of OTIPRIO’s thermosensitive properties.

In addition, Otonomy will be making two poster presentations. These are titled, “Development of an Ear Drop Caregiver Burden Questionnaire (ED-CBQ) for Post Tympanostomy Tube Ear Drop Administration”, and “Post-Tympanostomy Tube Placement Emergency Department Visits Among Medicaid-Enrolled and Commercially Insured Pediatric Populations.” The posters will be displayed on May 20 and 21.

“The breadth of medical activities we are supporting at the COSM conference demonstrates our commitment to support the clinical utility of OTIPRIO and advance the pediatric otolaryngology field through generation of health outcomes data,” said David A. Weber, Ph.D., president and CEO of Otonomy. “Additionally, this meeting, which is the largest spring medical conference for U.S. otolaryngologists, is well-timed for our recent launch of OTIPRIO. This is the first national venue since commercial launch of OTIPRIO and will further our ongoing effort to establish broad awareness and build advocacy with clinicians performing ear tube surgery procedures.”


OTIPRIO (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) is a fluoroquinolone antibacterial indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients with bilateral otitis media with effusion undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. OTIPRIO is administered by a physician as a single 0.1 mL (6 mg) intratympanic administration into each affected ear, following suctioning of the middle ear effusion. The thermosensitive suspension exists as a liquid at or below room temperature and gels when warmed. In two Phase 3 trials, a single intraoperative administration of OTIPRIO demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in the cumulative proportion of study treatment failures compared to tubes alone (p-value <0.001).

Important Safety Information for OTIPRIO

Contraindications: OTIPRIO is contraindicated in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to ciprofloxacin, to other quinolones, or to any of the components of OTIPRIO.

Warnings and Precautions - Potential for Microbial Overgrowth: OTIPRIO may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible bacteria and fungi. If such infections occur, institute alternative therapy.

Adverse Reactions: Adverse reactions (incidence at least 3%) that occurred in two Phase 3 trials with OTIPRIO vs sham were: nasopharyngitis (5% vs 4%), irritability (5% vs 3%), and rhinorrhea (3% vs 2%).

Use in Specific Populations - Pediatric Use: The safety and effectiveness of OTIPRIO in infants below six months of age have not been established.

Full prescribing information can be found at www.OTIPRIO.com.

About Otonomy

Otonomy is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics for diseases and disorders of the ear. OTIPRIO (ciprofloxacin otic suspension) is approved in the United States for use during tympanostomy tube placement surgery in pediatric patients, and commercial launch commenced in March 2016. OTO-104 is a steroid in development for the treatment of Ménière's disease and other severe balance and hearing disorders. Two Phase 3 trials in Ménière's disease patients are underway, with results expected during the second half of 2017. OTO-311 is an NMDA receptor antagonist for the treatment of tinnitus that is in a Phase 1 clinical safety trial. Otonomy’s proprietary formulation technology utilizes a thermosensitive gel and drug microparticles to enable single dose treatment by a physician. For additional information please visit www.otonomy.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally relate to future events or future financial or operating performance of Otonomy. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, the timing of results for the two OTO-104 Phase 3 clinical trials in Ménière's disease. Otonomy's expectations regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: Otonomy's limited operating history and its expectation that it will incur significant losses for the foreseeable future; Otonomy's ability to obtain additional financing; Otonomy's dependence on the commercial success of OTIPRIO and the regulatory success and advancement of additional product candidates, such as OTO-104 and OTO-311; the uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process, including, without limitation, Otonomy's ability to adequately demonstrate the safety and efficacy of its product candidates, the preclinical and clinical results for its product candidates, which may not support further development, and challenges related to patient enrollment in clinical trials; Otonomy's ability to obtain regulatory approval for its product candidates; side effects or adverse events associated with Otonomy's product candidates; competition in the biopharmaceutical industry; Otonomy's dependence on third parties to conduct preclinical studies and clinical trials; the impact of coverage and reimbursement decisions by third-party payors on the pricing and market acceptance of OTIPRIO; Otonomy's dependence on third parties for the manufacture of OTIPRIO and product candidates; Otonomy's dependence on a small number of suppliers for raw materials; Otonomy's ability to protect its intellectual property related to OTIPRIO and its product candidates in the United States and throughout the world; expectations regarding potential market size, opportunity and growth; Otonomy's ability to manage operating expenses; implementation of Otonomy's business model and strategic plans for its business, products and technology; and other risks. Information regarding the foregoing and additional risks may be found in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Otonomy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on May 9, 2016, and Otonomy's future reports to be filed with the SEC. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Otonomy as of the date hereof. Otonomy disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

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