BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwired - September 13, 2016) - Cellceutix Corporation (CTIX)("the Company"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies with dermatology, oncology, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory applications, today provided a fiscal year-end business update including a timeline of key upcoming milestones.
Leo Ehrlich, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are extremely pleased with the tremendous progress that we have made, especially within the last 12 months. We have assembled an attractive portfolio of three unique compounds, each of which addresses very large markets and is supported by strong IP protection. To date, we have met all of the primary endpoints in each of our clinical trials, and we have a number of very important milestones upcoming during the course of the next 12 to 18 months. Many of these milestones have the potential to create a substantial inflection (turning) point in our market cap."
Arthur P. Bertolino, MD, PhD, MBA, President and Chief Medical Officer at Cellceutix, commented, "We are making progress advancing Prurisol through the clinical pathway. We completed a Phase 2a trial of Prurisol in patients with mild-to-moderate chronic plaque psoriasis in May 2016. The trial successfully achieved its primary endpoint, further validating Prurisol's potential as a novel oral treatment for psoriasis. On the heels of these data, we are now planning our Phase 2b trial of Prurisol for patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in order to better define appropriate dosing to achieve greatest clinical responses and we expect to have our interim analysis top-line results in the second quarter of 2017. We believe that the potential safety profile of Prurisol may make this an attractive alternative to Celgene's OTEZLA, which is on its way to achieving $1 billion in sales within just three years of its launch."
"We are also making headway with our Kevetrin asset, which has shown potent anti-tumor activity. Following our Phase 1 clinical trial at Harvard Cancer Centers' Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, we are now preparing for a Phase 2a trial of Kevetrin for treating late stage ovarian cancer. We anticipate that this trial will start in the fourth quarter of this year. Our plan is to conduct a small trial that will provide the critical data necessary to forge a partnership with a large pharmaceutical company that could potentially fund development of Kevetrin through FDA approval. We are encouraged by the guidance and feedback that we have received from potential partners which are incorporated in our Phase 2a trial design."
"Lastly, we completed our Phase 2b trial of Brilacidin for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections, or ABSSSI, and are moving forward with our Phase 2 clinical trial with Brilacidin-OM for the prevention of Oral Mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer. Brilacidin has a novel mechanism of action -- robust anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, a single dose of Brilacidin has been shown to deliver comparable clinical outcomes to the FDA-approved seven-day dosing regimen of daptomycin. Moreover, we believe that it will demonstrate a broad spectrum of activity in infectious diseases, gastrointestinal and inflammatory diseases, and a variety of dermatological diseases."
Mr. Ehrlich concluded, "To wrap up, the consistent theme across all of our compounds is strong supporting clinical data and a clear path to delivering a meaningful return on investment. We had previously been largely under the radar of Wall Street and institutional investors, but given our success to-date, we are now engaging in a much more aggressive outreach effort. We have a number of important upcoming milestones, that if successful, we believe will drive meaningful value for shareholders."