Oramed Pharmaceuticals Announces First Patient Enrolled in a US Phase 2a Trial for ORMD-0801 in Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes

Mar 27, 2014, 08:45 ET from Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc.

JERUSALEM, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQCM: ORMP) (http://www.oramed.com), a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in its U.S. Phase 2a trial for its orally ingestible insulin capsule, ORMD-0801, in the treatment of type 1 diabetes (T1DM).

"We are pleased to be initiating this U.S. clinical trial with ORMD-0801 in patients with type 1 diabetes following successful trials outside of the US," said Nadav Kidron, CEO of Oramed Pharmaceuticals.  "This initiation is in parallel to the company gearing up for its multi-center Phase IIb study for the treatment of type 2 diabetics."

This Phase 2a clinical trial is a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to enroll up to 24 patients with type 1 diabetes in-clinic for 10 days.  Patients will be randomized in a 2:1 ratio to receive either ORMD-0801 or placebo. The primary endpoint of the trial is to evaluate the change from baseline in exogenous insulin requirements (basal, bolus, and total) in patients treated with ORMD-0801, compared to the change from baseline for patients treated with placebo. Secondary endpoints include evaluating the change from baseline in mean nighttime, daytime, and fasting glucose levels in type 1 diabetes patients treated with ORMD-0801, compared to the change from baseline for patients treated with placebo.  For more details on the trial, please visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov.

About ORMD-0801 Oral Insulin and T1DM 

Oramed proposes to introduce ORMD-0801 to reduce the mealtime insulin doses, introducing a treatment regimen which would allow for fewer daily injections.  Moreover, oral administration offers the benefit of reduced systemic exposure and may enable tighter regulation of blood sugar levels by directly affecting glucose control in the liver.  For more information on ORMD-0801, the content of which is not part of this press release, please visit http://oramed.com/index.php?page=14

About Oramed Pharmaceuticals 

Oramed Pharmaceuticals is a technology pioneer in the field of oral delivery solutions for drugs and vaccines currently delivered via injection. Established in 2006, Oramed's Protein Oral Delivery (POD™) technology is based on over 30 years of research by top research scientists at Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center. Oramed is seeking to revolutionize the treatment of diabetes through its proprietary flagship product, an orally ingestible insulin capsule (ORMD-0801) currently in Phase 2 clinical trials on patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) under an Investigational New Drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and with its oral GLP-1 analog capsule (ORMD-0901). Oramed is also moving forward with clinical trials of ORMD-0801 for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The company's corporate and R&D headquarters are based in Jerusalem.

For more information, the content of which is not part of this press release, please visit http://www.oramed.com

Forward-looking statements:  This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates" and similar expressions or variations of such words are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, we are using forward-looking statements when we discuss our clinical trials, including the expected design and timing, the goal of [introducing ORMD-0801], and revolutionizing the treatment of diabetes with our products. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Oramed only, and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, including the risks and uncertainties related to the progress, timing, cost, and results of clinical trials and product development programs; difficulties or delays in obtaining regulatory approval or patent protection for our product candidates; competition from other pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies; and our ability to obtain additional funding required to conduct our research, development and commercialization activities. In addition, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: changes in technology and market requirements; delays or obstacles in launching our clinical trials; changes in legislation; inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; lack of validation of our technology as we progress further and lack of acceptance of our methods by the scientific community; inability to retain or attract key employees whose knowledge is essential to the development of our products; unforeseen scientific difficulties that may develop with our process; greater cost of final product than anticipated; loss of market share and pressure on pricing resulting from competition; laboratory results that do not translate to equally good results in real settings; our patents may not be sufficient; and final that products may harm recipients, all of which could cause the actual results or performance of Oramed to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements. Except as otherwise required by law, Oramed undertakes no obligation to publicly release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. For a more detailed description of the risks and uncertainties affecting Oramed, reference is made to Oramed's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company Contact:

Oramed Pharmaceuticals            
Aviva Guiloff                
Office: +972-2-566-0001 ext. 2
US: +1-718-831-2512 ext. 2
Email: aviva@oramed.com 

US Investor Relations Contact:

LifeSci Advisors LLC
Michael Rice
US: +1-646-597-6979
Email: mrice@lifesciadvisors.com


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