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Innovation Pharmaceuticals Brilacidin Franchise Anchored in Three Clinical Indications — Oral Mucositis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Serious Skin Infections; Expands into Dermatologic Diseases

19:00 EST 28 Jan 2018 | Globe Newswire

BEVERLY, Mass., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovation Pharmaceuticals, (OTCQB:IPIX) (“the Company”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, today provides a business development update:

  • The Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) count toward partnering with global and specialty pharmaceutical companies interested in the Company’s first-in-class drug candidates is nearing 20, with additional Agreements in review. Successfully securing partnerships would afford the Company access to immediate and potentially recurring sources of non-dilutive capital, including upfront fees, milestone-based payments and tiered royalties;
  • A leading international drug manufacturer has been engaged with to bulk produce commercial-quality Brilacidin, aimed at lowering patient drug cost and anticipating future drug needs in preparation for expedient market introduction. This critical step also proactively facilitates future patient and insurance reimbursement adoption through favorable cost savings;
  • After a recent successful Phase 2 trial in Oral Mucositis (OM), the Company believes that it is the clear global leader in this area as it develops an easy-to-administer oral rinse medicine for the prevention of severe Oral Mucositis (SOM) in Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) patients receiving chemoradiation—analysts estimate this market could reach $1 billion in coming years.

Brilacidin—Dermatology Formulation Development

Brilacidin has successfully completed Phase 2 trials in Oral Mucositis (OM), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Acute Bacterial Skin and Structure Infection (ABSSSI). A drug with broad platform potential (pdf), Brilacidin’s innate properties and modes of action, as well as additional pre-clinical work, support the drug’s potential for topical application in dermatology, including: Atopic Dermatitis, Acne, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa. All are areas of large unmet need and comprise highly lucrative markets.

To further these efforts, the Company is in negotiations with a leading drug formulator to develop topical formulation(s) of Brilacidin for these three dermatology indications, starting in 1H2018. The goal of the negotiations is to reach terms on a strategic partnership for addressing these markets. The formulator brings an impressive track record of developing products that have earned billions of dollars for global pharmaceutical companies.

For a discussion on Brilacidin’s potential as a topical agent in dermatology, please read more at the following link:

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About the Company
Headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, Innovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPI) is publicly-traded under the company symbol “IPIX”. The Company is clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies in multiple diseases. The Company believes it has a world-class portfolio of first-in-class lead drug candidates and is now advancing them toward market approval, while actively seeking strategic partnerships. The Company’s Psoriasis drug candidate Prurisol completed a Phase 2 trial and the Company has since conducted a Phase 2b study, with topline results expected in 1Q2018. Prurisol is a small molecule that acts through immune modulation and PRINS reduction. The Company’s anti-cancer drug Kevetrin successfully concluded a Phase 1 clinical trial at Harvard Cancer Centers’ Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Company has commenced a Phase 2 study in Ovarian Cancer. In the laboratory, Kevetrin has been shown to modulate p53, often referred to as the “Guardian Angel Gene” due to its crucial role in controlling cell mutations. Brilacidin, a defensin mimetic compound, has shown in an animal model to reduce the occurrence of severe ulcerative Oral Mucositis (OM) by more than 94% compared to placebo. The Company has recently completed a Phase 2 clinical trial with its novel compound Brilacidin-OM for the prevention of OM in patients with Head and Neck Cancer; topline results demonstrate a reduction in the incidence of severe OM (WHO Grade ≥ 3). The Company’s lead antibiotic, Brilacidin, has completed a Phase 2b trial for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infection, or ABSSSI. The Phase 2b data showed a single dose of Brilacidin to deliver comparable clinical outcomes to the FDA-approved seven-day dosing regimen of daptomycin. Brilacidin has the potential to be a single-dose therapy for certain multi-drug resistant bacteria (“superbugs”). Results are now available for the completed Phase 2, open label Proof-of-Concept trial, treating patients with Brilacidin for Ulcerative Proctitis/Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis (UP/UPS), two types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The Company has formed research collaborations with world-renowned research institutions in the United States and Europe, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the University of Bologna. More information is available on the Company website at www.IPharmInc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements concerning projected timelines for the initiation and completion of clinical trials, our future drug development plans, other statements regarding future product developments, including with respect to specific indications, and any other statements which are other than statements of historical fact. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Company’s actual results and experience to differ materially from anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. The Company has in some cases identified forward-looking statements by using words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “hopes,” “estimates,” “looks,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “goal,” “potential,” “may,” “suggest,” and similar expressions. Among other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements are the Company’s need for, and the availability of, substantial capital in the future to fund its operations and research and development; including the amount and timing of the sale of shares of common stock to Aspire Capital; the fact that the Company’s compounds may not successfully complete pre-clinical or clinical testing, or be granted regulatory approval to be sold and marketed in the United States or elsewhere. A more complete description of these risk factors is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

INVESTOR AND MEDIA CONTACT
Innovation Pharmaceuticals
Leo Ehrlich
info@IPharmInc.com

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