Theralase® Patient Five Cancer-Free Twelve Months After Single Anti-Cancer Treatment
Toronto, Ontario – January 31, 2019
Theralase Technologies Inc. (“Theralase®” or the “Company”) (TSXV: TLT) (OTCQB: TLTFF), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to the research and development of light activated Photo Dynamic Compounds (“PDCs”) and their associated drug formulations intended to safely and effectively destroy various cancers reports that patient five, enrolled and treated in the recently completed Phase Ib Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (“NMIBC”) clinical study (“Study”), has demonstrated no tumour recurrence or presence of disease at the 360 day clinical and cystoscopy assessment.
The Study’s purpose was to evaluate TLD-1433, Theralase’s lead PDC, for the primary endpoint of safety and tolerability, secondary endpoint of pharmacokinetics (movement and exit of drug within tissue) and exploratory endpoint of efficacy, primarily at 90 days and secondarily at 180 days post treatment.
The Study was successfully completed with patient five and six demonstrating achievement of the primary, secondary and exploratory endpoints. Patient five has demonstrated no tumour recurrence or presence of disease at the 90, 180, 270 and now 360 days post treatment clinical and cystoscopy assessment, marking a new achievement for the Company.
Patient five and six were enrolled and treated in the Study at the Therapeutic Dose (0.70 mg/cm2). Theralase’s Anti-Cancer Treatment involved the intravesical instillation of a water-based solution of Theralase’s lead anti-cancer PDC, TLD-1433, via a catheter inserted through the urethra into the bladder of the patient, to allow the PDC to be preferentially absorbed by NMIBC tumours. The bladder was then drained of the solution, flushed with sterile water to remove non-absorbed solution and refilled with sterile water via a cystoscope. A fibre optic assembly, comprising a Laser Emitter used to emit laser light and a proprietary Dosimetry System used to detect laser light, were then used to activate TLD-1433 resident in the NMIBC tumours.
Arkady Mandel, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Theralase® stated, “Today, we received additional evidence that even a single treatment with Theralase’s Photo Dynamic Therapy (“PDT”) is able to lead to a Complete Response (“CR”) at 360 days post treatment for patients presenting with Bacillus Calmete Guérin (“BCG”)-Unresponsive NMIBC. This provides further support of the enormous opportunity that awaits Theralase in the treatment of NMIBC. For NMIBC, a CR is defined by the FDA as the definitive endpoint for single-arm intravesical studies of patients who present with BCG-Unresponsive Carcinoma In-Situ (“CIS”) disease, with or without resected papillary tumours. In the Health Canada approved Phase II NMIBC clinical study, the Company is providing two treatment procedures (therapeutic procedure at Day 0 and maintenance procedure at Day 180). The latest data on patient five is extremely encouraging, in that it demonstrates after only one anti-cancer treatment procedure, CR at 90, 180, 270 and now 360 days post-treatment is possible. If the efficacy results obtained to date are able to be replicated, demonstrating a CR at 360 days post-treatment, in a larger patient population, via a well-designed Phase II NMIBC clinical study, then the Theralase Anti-Cancer Technology has the potential to be the next gold standard in the treatment of NMIBC. We are highly encouraged by this recent data demonstrating that BCG-Unresponsive NMIBC patients, who refused or were ineligible to undergo a radical cystectomy (bladder removal surgery) have remained cancer free at 270 and now up to 360 days post anti-cancer treatment, achieving developmental milestones beyond their previous clinical experience and their history living with this devastating disease. Theralase’s TLD-1433-PDT may provide sustainable and comprehensive benefit to people diagnosed with NMIBC and I look forward to providing updates on the Phase II NMIBC clinical study when it commences. The Theralase® Anti-Cancer Technology is also multi-faceted, in that the technology is able to be adapted to the treatment of additional cancer indications, if successfully validated in independent clinical studies. Pending successful commencement of the Phase II NMIBC clinical study, the Company plans to investigate the commencement of an additional Phase Ib clinical study for a new cancer indication.”
About Theralase® Technologies Inc.
Theralase® is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to the research and development of light activated Photo Dynamic Compounds and their associated drug formulations intended to safely and effectively destroy various cancers.
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” which reflect the current expectations of management of the Corporation’s future growth, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding Theralase’s proposed development plans with respect to Photo Dynamic Compounds and their drug formulations. Wherever possible, words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “will”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “plan”, “expect”, “intend”, “estimate”,”potential for” and similar expressions have been used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs with respect to future events and are based on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks, uncertainties and assumptions including with respect to the ability of Theralase to: successfully fund and complete a Phase II NMIBC clinical study, successfully fund and complete a Phase Ib GBM clinical study, successfully fund and complete a Phase Ib NSCLC clinical study, secure the requisite regulatory approvals to commence and fund a Phase II NMIBC clinical study, Phase Ib GBM clinical study and/or a Phase Ib NSCLC clinical study and implement its development plans. Many factors could cause the Corporation’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements; including, without limitation, those listed in the filings made by the Corporation with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities (which may be viewed at www.sedar.com). Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release. These factors should be considered carefully and prospective investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in the press release are based upon what management currently believes to be reasonable assumptions, the Corporation cannot assure prospective investors that actual results, performance or achievements will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to revise forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise except as required by law. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.
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