Matinas BioPharma to Present Preclinical Data at ASM Microbe 2018 Further Demonstrating the Broad Utility of its LNC Platform

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Data demonstrate safe, effective oral delivery of antimicrobial drugs utilizing LNC technology

BEDMINSTER, N.J., June 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE AMER:MTNB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on enabling the delivery of life-changing medicines using its proprietary lipid nano-crystal (LNC) platform technology, today announced it will present data in two poster sessions at The American Society for Microbiology’s ASM Microbe 2018 scientific meeting being held June 7–11 in Atlanta, GA.

“We continue to explore the broad capabilities of our LNC technology platform as we advance our lead product candidate, MAT2203, towards a potential Phase 2 pivotal trial for prevention of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The data being presented at ASM Microbe are the latest demonstration that our LNC platform technology can effectively and safely deliver oral formulations of antimicrobial drugs in preclinical models of immunocompromised animals, which are models similar to the immunosuppression experienced by patients being treated for ALL,” commented Raphael Mannino, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Matinas.

The ASM Microbe 2018 poster presentation details are as follows:

Dr. Mannino will present the poster titled, “Efficacy of Oral Cochleate-Amphotericin B for the Prevention of Invasive Candidiasis In Neutropenic Mice.

Amphotericin B remains a principal therapeutic option for deep seated mycoses, however, its application is currently limited by toxicity and administration via intravenous injection. The data outlined in this poster demonstrate the oral bioavailability, low toxicity, and significant preclinical activity of MAT2203 as an orally-administered, LNC formulation of amphotericin B (a broad spectrum fungicidal agent), in mice with disseminated candidiasis and aspergillosis.

Poster:  511
Date:  Friday, June 8th
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Location:  Exhibit and Poster Hall, Building B, Halls B2-B5

Session:  Antifungal Agents and Resistance: Agents to Treat Fungal Infections

Dr. Parag Kumar from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will present the poster titled, “A Novel Encochleated Atovaquone Formulation is Active in A Murine Model of Pneumocystis Pneumonia.”

Atovaquone for treatment of Pneumocystis pneumonia is limited by poor tolerability, saturable oral pharmacokinetics (PK), and therapy failure. The data outlined in this poster were collected from studies evaluating the PK, efficacy, and toxicity of a novel LNC formulation of encochleated atovaquone (CATQ) in corticosteroid-treated mice infected with P. murina.

Poster:  563
Date:  Saturday, June 9th  
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Location:  Exhibit and Poster Hall, Building B, Halls B2-B5

Session:  Antimicrobial PK/PD & General Pharmacology: in vivo Studies

About Matinas BioPharma

Matinas BioPharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on enabling the delivery of life-changing medicines using its LNC platform technology. The Company's proprietary, disruptive technology utilizes lipid nano-crystals which can encapsulate small molecule drugs, oligonucleotides, vaccines, peptides, proteins and other medicines potentially making them safer, more tolerable, less toxic and orally bioavailable.

The Company's lead anti-fungal product candidate, MAT2203, utilizes its proprietary lipid nano-crystal formulation technology for the safe and effective delivery of the broad-spectrum fungicidal agent, amphotericin B. Based on the positive patient clinical data reported in 2017, Matinas is preparing for a potential Phase 2 pivotal trial of MAT2203 for prevention of invasive fungal infections in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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