NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: IMNP) ("Immune" or the "Company") a clinical-stage company developing novel therapies for the treatment of immuno-inflammatory diseases and cancer, is holding today its annual shareholder meeting.
Dr. Daniel Teper, CEO, comments, "First off, let me personally thank the majority of our shareholders that have held their position despite the volatility of the market and of our stock. 2015 was a positive foundation year for our company as we delivered some major clinical and organizational accomplishments over the past months. 2016 promises to be an important year for Immune shareholders with several anticipated data milestones. In particular, we are confident that favorable Phase II clinical data for bertilimumab will add significant value. In addition, we will be actively seeking strategic partnering opportunities to advance our overall product portfolio."
In 2015 , Immune made important progress with its lead drug candidate, bertilimumab, receiving clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Investigational New Drug (IND) application allowing us to include U.S. patients in our Phase II clinical trial in bullous pemphigoid, an orphan auto-immune disease of the skin, and starting to enroll patients in the Phase II clinical trial in moderate to severe ulcerative colitis, a serious immuno-inflammatory condition of the gastro-intestinal tract.
The Company secured financing allowing us to execute the development plan for our lead drug candidate, bertilimumab, through Phase II clinical trials data, and relocated corporate headquarters to New York City at the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, the heart of the NYC medical and biotech corridor. Immune has hired a new leadership team with a proven track record of execution in both pharma and fast growth biotech companies: Monica Luchi, M.D., our new Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, formerly at Novartis, Incyte and Mesoblast; Miri Ben Ami, M.D., Executive Vice President, Oncology and President Immune Pharmaceuticals Ltd., formerly at Teva and Aposense; G. John Mohr, Senior Vice President, Business Development, formerly at Merck and CV Therapeutics. The Company is now committed to further strengthening its board of directors with the addition of members with successful leadership experience at public biotech companies.
We expect 2016 to be an inflexion year for Immune Pharmaceuticals, with several planned milestones. We anticipate that our efforts to expand the number of clinical trial centers will allow for quality and timely data for both bertilimumab Phase II clinical trials in 2016, and will support further development in those indications as well as potential new indications. We anticipate further strengthening of our Immuno-Dermatology franchise with pre-clinical data and potential initiation of Phase II clinical trials for bertilimumab in severe atopic dermatitis We also plan to advance nano-cyclosporine A, a topical formulation of an oral drug for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis, expanding the treatment to patients with moderate disease.
We also anticipate further development of our Immuno-Gastro-Enterology and Liver Diseases franchise with completion of enrollment and initial results of our phase II double blind placebo controlled proof of concept ulcerative colitis supporting potential further development of bertilimumab in both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease; feasibility studies for a companion diagnostic allowing for patient stratification and selection based on eotaxin-1 levels and new data providing guidance on potential clinical development of bertilimumab in inflammatory liver diseases such as Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH) in a select patients over-expressing eotaxin-1.
We believe that each of our two areas of focus, Immuno-Dermatology (bullous pemphigoid, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis) and Immuno-Gastro-Enterology (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) have addressable market opportunities exceeding $ 10 billion. Additional value is expected from our Immuno-Oncology pipeline and from the partnering of clinical stage assets in both Cancer and Pain.
The coming year promises to be exciting with both data and partnering events. The entire team at Immune appreciates the shareholder support in helping bring novel and needed therapies to patients with immuno-inflammatory diseases and cancer.
Immune Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IMNP) applies a personalized approach to treating and developing novel, highly targeted antibody therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer. Immune's lead product candidate, bertilimumab, is in phase II clinical development for moderate to severe ulcerative colitis as well as for bullous pemphigoid, an orphan auto-immune dermatological condition. Other indications being considered for development include atopic dermatitis, Crohn's disease, severe asthma and NASH(an inflammatory liver disease). Immune recently expanded its portfolio in immuno-dermatology with topical nano-formulated cyclosporine A for the treatment of psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Immune's oncology pipeline includes, bi-specific antibodies nano-therapeutics, including NanomAbs®,and several mid- to late stage small molecules. Immune's non-core pipeline includes AmiKet™, a late clinical stage drug candidate for the treatment of neuropathic pain. For more information, visit Immune's website at www.immunepharmaceuticals.com
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