Matinas BioPharma to Present Positive Preclinical Data of MAT2203 at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease

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BEDMINSTER, N.J., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE AMER:MTNB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative anti-infectives for orphan indications, today announced that it will present a poster at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), being held April 21-24, 2018, in Madrid, Spain. The Company’s lead product candidate, MAT2203, is an orally-administered cochleate formulation of a broad spectrum anti-fungal drug called amphotericin B. Matinas is initially developing MAT2203 for the prevention of invasive fungal infections due to immunosuppressive therapy, particularly in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Title: Efficacy of oral amphotericin B-cochleates for the prevention of invasive candidiasis caused by Candida albicans in mice
Presenting Author: David S. Perlin, Ph.D., Member of Matinas’ Scientific Advisory Board, Executive Director of the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) and the Rutgers Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at NJMS
Date and Time: April 24, 2018 at 12:30 PM CET
Poster Presentation #: P2363
Session: Recent findings in invasive candidiasis

The ECCMID 2018 abstract is available online at the conference website. Following the event, the poster will be available on the Company's website in the Scientific Presentations section.

About MAT2203

MAT2203 is an orally-administered, encochleated formulation of amphotericin B (a broad spectrum fungicidal agent). Little to no clinical resistance has been reported to date with amphotericin B as compared to the rapidly emerging drug resistance seen in other antifungal therapies. Currently, IV-only administered amphotericin B is the only broad spectrum fungicidal available but its IV-delivery results in significant treatment-limiting side effects, including nephrotoxicity. The ability to provide amphotericin B orally using our proprietary and novel oral formulation may offer a new and promising alternative for patients and doctors. The FDA has designated MAT2203 as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) for the treatment of invasive candidiasis and the treatment of aspergillosis, as well as for the prevention of invasive fungal infections due to immunosuppressive therapy. MAT2203 is also being explored for treatment of additional anti-fungal indications and may have the potential for Orphan Drug Designation in certain of these indications.

About Matinas BioPharma

Matinas BioPharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative anti-infectives for orphan indications. The Company's proprietary, disruptive technology utilizes lipid-crystal nano-particle cochleates to nano-encapsulate existing drugs, making them safer, more tolerable, less toxic and orally bioavailable.

The Company's lead anti-infective product candidates, MAT2203 and MAT2501, position Matinas BioPharma to become a leader in the safe and effective delivery of anti-infective therapies utilizing its proprietary lipid-crystal nano-particle cochleate formulation technology.

For more information, please visit www.matinasbiopharma.com and connect with the Company on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+.

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