Sophiris Bio Reports Encouraging Preliminary Data from Phase 2a Proof of Concept Study in Localized Prostate Cancer

Investor webcast scheduled for today at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Jan 28, 2016, 13:00 ET from Sophiris Bio Inc.

SAN DIEGO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sophiris Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: SPHS) (the "Company" or "Sophiris"), a biopharmaceutical company developing PRX302 (topsalysin) for the treatment of urological diseases, today announced the biopsy data at 6 months for the first seven patients to complete the Phase 2a proof-of-concept study in localized prostate cancer.

A review of the biopsy data from the first seven men to complete the study showed that four patients experienced a response to treatment: One patient experienced complete ablation of the tumor where no evidence of the treated tumor remained on a targeted biopsy at 6 months; three patients experienced either a reduction in the maximum cancer core length or a reduction in Gleason pattern; three patients had no response to treatment.

"This new trial is very exciting -- we have promising data showing that topsalysin can ablate cancer cells and we look forward to reviewing the results from the remaining 11 patients as they complete the study. We could be on the cusp of a new class of therapeutics for the focal treatment of localized prostate cancer," stated Professor Mark Emberton, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University College London and Honorary Consultant Urologist University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  

Dr. Hashim Ahmed, Principal Investigator for the study, Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences, University College London, said, "Topsalysin could offer a tissue-sparing cancer treatment that carries little in the way of side effects. This treatment has the potential to help men avoid radical treatments such as radiation therapy or complete removal of the prostate."

This one-time administration of topsalysin directly into a pre-identified clinically significant tumor appears to be well tolerated with no serious adverse events and no new safety signals being reported. This is consistent with safety observed in the 365 patients that have been treated with topsalysin in the Company's BPH program to date.

"The biological activity that we have observed further validates the mechanism of action of topsalysin. We are gaining valuable experience on how we might best optimize both the delivery and dose of topsalysin based on lesion size, and the remaining patients to complete the study will help in that assessment," said Dr. Ahmed.

The ongoing Phase 2a proof of concept study is a single-center, open-label study at University College London, which is well known for the focal treatment of prostate cancer in the UK. In this study, previously obtained multiparametric magnetic resonance images (mpMRIs) of each patient's prostate tumor lesions are mapped to real-time three-dimensional transrectal ultrasound. These images are used to guide the injection of topsalysin to treat a single, histologically-proven, clinically significant prostate cancer lesion. The primary objective of the study is safety and tolerability, and the key efficacy variable is the change in the treated lesion on targeted biopsy after 6 months. The study is designed to assess whether topsalysin has the potential to provide patients with clinically significant, localized, low to intermediate risk prostate cancer a tissue-sparing cancer treatment that carries little in the way of side effects. A total of 18 patients were enrolled and treated in this study. Sophiris expects to have final data on all patients by the end of the second quarter of 2016.

Webcast scheduled for today at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time The Sophiris management team will host a conference call and webcast today, January 28, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time to review the topsalysin prostate cancer data as well as the previously announced results of the topsalysin Phase 3 study in BPH. Dr. Hashim Ahmed, University College London and an investigator in the prostate cancer study, and Dr. Marc Gittelman, Director of South Florida Medical Research and investigator in the Phase 3 BPH study, will also participate in the call.

A live audio webcast will be accessible on the "Investor Relations" page of the Sophiris corporate website at A replay will be available at the same location for 60 days. 

About Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men in the US with an estimated 220,800 new cases in 2015. Approximately 80 percent of patients in the US are diagnosed with localized disease. Research has shown that patients with early, localized disease have a low likelihood of the cancer spreading beyond the confines of the prostate; however, many men with clinically significant localized disease do choose to undergo radical treatment. Radical therapies include surgery to remove the entire prostate and/or radiation.  Potential toxicities from radical treatments can be significant and permanent and include erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and rectal toxicity.

Topsalysin for the Targeted Treatment of Localized Prostate Cancer Topsalysin (PRX302) has the potential to provide a focal targeted therapy for the ablation of localized prostate cancer while potentially avoiding many of the complications and side effects associated with whole gland radical treatments. The increasing use of multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) and advances in mapping previously obtained mpMRI images with real-time three-dimensional ultrasound images enables physicians to more accurately locate tumors within the prostate when taking biopsies. This increases the accuracy with which men with clinically significant lesions are identified. It also enables the injection of an ablative agent, such as topsalysin, directly into previously identified clinically significant tumors located within the prostate.  Topsalysin, an inactivated pore-forming protein, was engineered to be activated only by enzymatically-active PSA, which is present only in prostate tissue. The targeted focal treatment of prostate cancer is in line with current treatments for solid tumors such as breast and liver, where the goal is to remove the tumor and preserve as much of the organ as possible.

About Sophiris Sophiris Bio Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing topsalysin, a clinical-stage, targeted therapy for the treatment of urological diseases. Topsalysin is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and is designed to be as efficacious as pharmaceuticals, less invasive than the surgical interventions, and without the sexual side effects seen with existing treatments. Topsalysin is also currently in a Phase 2a proof of concept study for the treatment of localized low to intermediate risk prostate cancer. For more information, please visit

Certain statements included in this press release may be considered forward-looking, including expectations about the potential use of topsalysin for the ablation or focal treatment of prostate cancer tumors, statements about the expected timing of completing the  ongoing proof of concept study for the treatment of localized low to intermediate risk prostate cancer, expectations that the results of the proof of concept study will be consistent with the results for the first seven patients, expectations that the Company will able to use data from the proof of concept study to develop more effective delivery and dosing protocols or  Sophiris' capital requirements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements, and therefore these statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ include without limitation, risk associated with clinical trial development, including the risks that clinical data from a subset of patients may not be predicative of clinical data observed in subsequent patients or in subsequent clinical trials of the same drug candidate and other risks associated with the process of developing, manufacturing commercial scale drug products, obtaining regulatory approval of and commercializing treatments that are safe and effective, and in the endeavor of building a business around such treatments. All forward-looking statements are based on Sophiris' current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to Sophiris and relate to, among other things, anticipated financial performance, business prospects, strategies, regulatory developments, clinical trial results, market acceptance, ability to raise capital and future commitments. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified by Sophiris in its public securities filings; actual events may differ materially from current expectations. Sophiris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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