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FREMONT, Calif., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a CNS-focused company with a lead product, M207, that recently established a differentiated safety and efficacy profile in a pivotal trial as an acute treatment for migraine, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. In addition, John P. Walker, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer to replace Konstantinos Alataris who has resigned as CEO and director of the company. Georgia Erbez, our Chief Business Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, has assumed full responsibility for both functions. “The first quarter saw our lead product candidate meet both co-primary endpoints in ZOTRIP, our pivotal efficacy study of M207 as an acute treatment for migraine. In addition, the company completed a follow-on offering that resulted in $29.3 million in gross proceeds earmarked for advancing M207 towards FDA approval. These two important accomplishments are a result of the commitment and capabilities of Zosano’s management team and gives me great confidence in our ability to continue to meet the strategic milestones established by the company.” “The pivotal study results importantly validate our technology platform, and, if approved by the FDA, point to M207’s positioning as an acute treatment for migraine sufferers that is differentiated from what is currently available.  I look forward to working with the team at Zosano and to bringing this exciting new drug to market,” commented John P. Walker, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Konstantinos Alataris for his efforts and commitment to the company over the past two years. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” added Walker. In February, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP trial, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours. The 3.8mg dose achieved a p value of <0.05  in the secondary endpoints of pain freedom at 45 minutes and 1 hour, and showed durability of effect on pain freedom to 24 and 48 hours. These results demonstrated that M207 not only provided fast onset but also a durability of effect, up to 2 days and hence freedom from recurrence of migraine. Additionally, M207 demonstrated a similar safety profile as other triptans and no Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) were reported in the trial. The FDA has indicated that a single, positive, pivotal efficacy study, in addition to a safety study of M207, will be sufficient to file for approval under a 505(b)(2) pathway. The Company plans to initiate the safety study in the second half of 2017. Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Walker brings to Zosano more than 40 years of experience as a Board Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and interim CEO at life science companies. In these roles, he has been involved with Vitaphore, which was sold to Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics; Arris/Axys, which was sold to Celera Genomics; Centaur, which was sold to Renovis; Signal Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Celgene; Kai Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Amgen; Guava Technologies, which was sold to Millipore; and iPierian, which was sold to Bristol Myers Squibb as well as in the mergers of Novacea and Transcept and of Renovis and Evotec. He is currently serving as Executive Chairman of Vizuri Life Sciences LLC and has been a director on the Boards of other life science companies, including Geron, Evotec and Affymax. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit that repurposes flowers for ill patients. He began his early business career at American Hospital Supply Corporation where he became President of the Hospital Company. Migraine is the leading cause of disability among neurological disorders in the United States according to the American Migraine Foundation. Migraine symptoms can include moderate to severe headache pain combined with nausea and vomiting, or abnormal sensitivity to light and sound.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine affects 30 million men, women and children in the United States. Most migraines last between four and 24 hours, but some last as long as three days. According to published studies, 63% of migraine patients experience between one and four migraines per month. According to Decision Resources, prescription drug sales for migraine in the top seven countries were estimated to be $3.3 billion in 2015, and are expected to grow to $4.4 billion in 2020. Triptans, a family of tryptamine-based drugs first sold in the 1990s, account for almost 75% of anti-migraine therapies prescribed at office visits. M207 is our proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan coated onto our patented intracutaneous microneedle patch, which is then applied with our proprietary applicator to ensure uniform and consistent application. In February 2017, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP trial, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours.  In a Phase 1 trial, M207 demonstrated markedly faster absorption kinetics compared to oral zolmitriptan. The Company presented these results at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Headache Society. Zosano Pharma Corporation is an emerging CNS company focusing on providing rapid symptom relief to patients using known therapeutics and altering their delivery profile using the Company’s proprietary intracutaneous delivery system. The Company’s goal is to make intracutaneous drug delivery a standard of care for delivering drugs requiring fast onset of action. Zosano Pharma has developed its proprietary intracutaneous delivery system to administer proprietary formulations of existing drugs through the skin for the treatment of a variety of indications.  The Company believes that its intracutaneous delivery system offers rapid and consistent drug delivery combined with ease of use. The Company is focused on developing products that deliver established molecules with known safety and efficacy profiles for markets where patients remain underserved by existing therapies. Zosano Pharma anticipates that many of its current and future development programs may enable the Company to utilize a regulatory pathway that would streamline clinical development and accelerate the path towards commercialization. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing of expected clinical development milestones, sufficiency of our capital resources and need for future funding and other future events and expectations. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "might," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," "unaudited," "approximately" or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and actual outcomes may differ materially. These include risks and uncertainties, without limitation, associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, risks inherent in the effort to build a business around such products and other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K.. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot in any way guarantee that the future results, level of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Zosano and Zosano assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.


FREMONT, Calif., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a CNS-focused company with a lead product, M207, that recently established a differentiated safety and efficacy profile in a pivotal trial as an acute treatment for migraine, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. In addition, John P. Walker, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer to replace Konstantinos Alataris who has resigned as CEO and director of the company. Georgia Erbez, our Chief Business Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, has assumed full responsibility for both functions. “The first quarter saw our lead product candidate meet both co-primary endpoints in ZOTRIP, our pivotal efficacy study of M207 as an acute treatment for migraine. In addition, the company completed a follow-on offering that resulted in $29.3 million in gross proceeds earmarked for advancing M207 towards FDA approval. These two important accomplishments are a result of the commitment and capabilities of Zosano’s management team and gives me great confidence in our ability to continue to meet the strategic milestones established by the company.” “The pivotal study results importantly validate our technology platform, and, if approved by the FDA, point to M207’s positioning as an acute treatment for migraine sufferers that is differentiated from what is currently available.  I look forward to working with the team at Zosano and to bringing this exciting new drug to market,” commented John P. Walker, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Konstantinos Alataris for his efforts and commitment to the company over the past two years. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” added Walker. In February, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP trial, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours. The 3.8mg dose achieved a p value of <0.05  in the secondary endpoints of pain freedom at 45 minutes and 1 hour, and showed durability of effect on pain freedom to 24 and 48 hours. These results demonstrated that M207 not only provided fast onset but also a durability of effect, up to 2 days and hence freedom from recurrence of migraine. Additionally, M207 demonstrated a similar safety profile as other triptans and no Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) were reported in the trial. The FDA has indicated that a single, positive, pivotal efficacy study, in addition to a safety study of M207, will be sufficient to file for approval under a 505(b)(2) pathway. The Company plans to initiate the safety study in the second half of 2017. Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Walker brings to Zosano more than 40 years of experience as a Board Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and interim CEO at life science companies. In these roles, he has been involved with Vitaphore, which was sold to Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics; Arris/Axys, which was sold to Celera Genomics; Centaur, which was sold to Renovis; Signal Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Celgene; Kai Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Amgen; Guava Technologies, which was sold to Millipore; and iPierian, which was sold to Bristol Myers Squibb as well as in the mergers of Novacea and Transcept and of Renovis and Evotec. He is currently serving as Executive Chairman of Vizuri Life Sciences LLC and has been a director on the Boards of other life science companies, including Geron, Evotec and Affymax. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit that repurposes flowers for ill patients. He began his early business career at American Hospital Supply Corporation where he became President of the Hospital Company. Migraine is the leading cause of disability among neurological disorders in the United States according to the American Migraine Foundation. Migraine symptoms can include moderate to severe headache pain combined with nausea and vomiting, or abnormal sensitivity to light and sound.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine affects 30 million men, women and children in the United States. Most migraines last between four and 24 hours, but some last as long as three days. According to published studies, 63% of migraine patients experience between one and four migraines per month. According to Decision Resources, prescription drug sales for migraine in the top seven countries were estimated to be $3.3 billion in 2015, and are expected to grow to $4.4 billion in 2020. Triptans, a family of tryptamine-based drugs first sold in the 1990s, account for almost 75% of anti-migraine therapies prescribed at office visits. M207 is our proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan coated onto our patented intracutaneous microneedle patch, which is then applied with our proprietary applicator to ensure uniform and consistent application. In February 2017, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP trial, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours.  In a Phase 1 trial, M207 demonstrated markedly faster absorption kinetics compared to oral zolmitriptan. The Company presented these results at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Headache Society. Zosano Pharma Corporation is an emerging CNS company focusing on providing rapid symptom relief to patients using known therapeutics and altering their delivery profile using the Company’s proprietary intracutaneous delivery system. The Company’s goal is to make intracutaneous drug delivery a standard of care for delivering drugs requiring fast onset of action. Zosano Pharma has developed its proprietary intracutaneous delivery system to administer proprietary formulations of existing drugs through the skin for the treatment of a variety of indications.  The Company believes that its intracutaneous delivery system offers rapid and consistent drug delivery combined with ease of use. The Company is focused on developing products that deliver established molecules with known safety and efficacy profiles for markets where patients remain underserved by existing therapies. Zosano Pharma anticipates that many of its current and future development programs may enable the Company to utilize a regulatory pathway that would streamline clinical development and accelerate the path towards commercialization. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing of expected clinical development milestones, sufficiency of our capital resources and need for future funding and other future events and expectations. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "might," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," "unaudited," "approximately" or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and actual outcomes may differ materially. These include risks and uncertainties, without limitation, associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, risks inherent in the effort to build a business around such products and other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K.. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot in any way guarantee that the future results, level of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Zosano and Zosano assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.


FREMONT, Calif., May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zosano Pharma Corporation (NASDAQ:ZSAN), a CNS-focused company with a lead product, M207, that recently established a differentiated safety and efficacy profile in a pivotal trial as an acute treatment for migraine, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. In addition, John P. Walker, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer to replace Konstantinos Alataris who has resigned as CEO and director of the company. Georgia Erbez, our Chief Business Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, has assumed full responsibility for both functions. “The first quarter saw our lead product candidate meet both co-primary endpoints in ZOTRIP, our pivotal efficacy study of M207 as an acute treatment for migraine. In addition, the company completed a follow-on offering that resulted in $29.3 million in gross proceeds earmarked for advancing M207 towards FDA approval. These two important accomplishments are a result of the commitment and capabilities of Zosano’s management team and gives me great confidence in our ability to continue to meet the strategic milestones established by the company.” “The pivotal study results importantly validate our technology platform, and, if approved by the FDA, point to M207’s positioning as an acute treatment for migraine sufferers that is differentiated from what is currently available.  I look forward to working with the team at Zosano and to bringing this exciting new drug to market,” commented John P. Walker, Interim Chief Executive Officer. "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Konstantinos Alataris for his efforts and commitment to the company over the past two years. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” added Walker. In February, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP trial, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours. The 3.8mg dose achieved a p value of <0.05  in the secondary endpoints of pain freedom at 45 minutes and 1 hour, and showed durability of effect on pain freedom to 24 and 48 hours. These results demonstrated that M207 not only provided fast onset but also a durability of effect, up to 2 days and hence freedom from recurrence of migraine. Additionally, M207 demonstrated a similar safety profile as other triptans and no Serious Adverse Events (SAEs) were reported in the trial. The FDA has indicated that a single, positive, pivotal efficacy study, in addition to a safety study of M207, will be sufficient to file for approval under a 505(b)(2) pathway. The Company plans to initiate the safety study in the second half of 2017. Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Walker brings to Zosano more than 40 years of experience as a Board Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and interim CEO at life science companies. In these roles, he has been involved with Vitaphore, which was sold to Union Carbide Chemicals and Plastics; Arris/Axys, which was sold to Celera Genomics; Centaur, which was sold to Renovis; Signal Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Celgene; Kai Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Amgen; Guava Technologies, which was sold to Millipore; and iPierian, which was sold to Bristol Myers Squibb as well as in the mergers of Novacea and Transcept and of Renovis and Evotec. He is currently serving as Executive Chairman of Vizuri Life Sciences LLC and has been a director on the Boards of other life science companies, including Geron, Evotec and Affymax. In addition, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit that repurposes flowers for ill patients. He began his early business career at American Hospital Supply Corporation where he became President of the Hospital Company. Migraine is the leading cause of disability among neurological disorders in the United States according to the American Migraine Foundation. Migraine symptoms can include moderate to severe headache pain combined with nausea and vomiting, or abnormal sensitivity to light and sound.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine affects 30 million men, women and children in the United States. Most migraines last between four and 24 hours, but some last as long as three days. According to published studies, 63% of migraine patients experience between one and four migraines per month. According to Decision Resources, prescription drug sales for migraine in the top seven countries were estimated to be $3.3 billion in 2015, and are expected to grow to $4.4 billion in 2020. Triptans, a family of tryptamine-based drugs first sold in the 1990s, account for almost 75% of anti-migraine therapies prescribed at office visits. M207 is our proprietary formulation of zolmitriptan coated onto our patented intracutaneous microneedle patch, which is then applied with our proprietary applicator to ensure uniform and consistent application. In February 2017, the Company announced statistically significant results from the ZOTRIP trial, which demonstrated that the 3.8mg dose of M207 met both co-primary endpoints, achieving pain freedom and most bothersome symptom freedom at 2 hours.  In a Phase 1 trial, M207 demonstrated markedly faster absorption kinetics compared to oral zolmitriptan. The Company presented these results at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Headache Society. Zosano Pharma Corporation is an emerging CNS company focusing on providing rapid symptom relief to patients using known therapeutics and altering their delivery profile using the Company’s proprietary intracutaneous delivery system. The Company’s goal is to make intracutaneous drug delivery a standard of care for delivering drugs requiring fast onset of action. Zosano Pharma has developed its proprietary intracutaneous delivery system to administer proprietary formulations of existing drugs through the skin for the treatment of a variety of indications.  The Company believes that its intracutaneous delivery system offers rapid and consistent drug delivery combined with ease of use. The Company is focused on developing products that deliver established molecules with known safety and efficacy profiles for markets where patients remain underserved by existing therapies. Zosano Pharma anticipates that many of its current and future development programs may enable the Company to utilize a regulatory pathway that would streamline clinical development and accelerate the path towards commercialization. Learn more at www.zosanopharma.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the timing of expected clinical development milestones, sufficiency of our capital resources and need for future funding and other future events and expectations. Readers are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "might," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," "unaudited," "approximately" or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and actual outcomes may differ materially. These include risks and uncertainties, without limitation, associated with the process of discovering, developing and commercializing products that are safe and effective for use as human therapeutics, risks inherent in the effort to build a business around such products and other risks and uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K.. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot in any way guarantee that the future results, level of activity, performance or events and circumstances reflected in forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur. All forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Zosano and Zosano assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.


The present invention relates to a peptide-based compound comprising a peptide moiety and a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) moiety wherein the PEG moiety, which is preferably linear, has a molecular weight of more than 20 Kdaltons. The peptide moiety may be monomeric, dimeric or oligomeric. Such peptide-based compounds may optionally include a linker moiety and/or a spacer moiety, and are useful in drug delivery.


The present invention relates to a compound comprising a peptide moiety, a spacer moiety and a water-soluble polymer moiety such as a poly(ethylene glycol) moiety. The spacer moiety is between the peptide moiety and the water-soluble polymer moiety. The spacer moiety has the structure: NH(CH_(2))_()[O(CH_(2))_()]_()O_()(CH_(2))_()Y wherein , , , , and are each integers whose values are independently selected.


Patent
Affymax Inc. | Date: 2012-07-03

The present invention relates to peptide compounds that are agonists of the erythropoietin receptor (EPO-R). The invention further relates to therapeutic methods using such peptide compounds to treat disorders associated with insufficient or defective red blood cell production. Pharmaceutical compositions, which comprise the peptide compounds of the invention, are also provided.


Patent
Affymax Inc. | Date: 2012-11-01

The present invention relates to peptide compounds that are agonists of the erythropoietin receptor (EPO-R). The invention also relates to therapeutic methods using such peptide compounds to treat disorders associated with insufficient or defective red blood cell production. Pharmaceutical compositions, which comprise the peptide compounds of the invention, are also provided.


Patent
Affymax Inc. | Date: 2012-11-27

The present invention relates to peptide compounds that are agonists of the erythropoietin receptor (EPO-R). The invention also relates to therapeutic methods using such peptide compounds to treat disorders associated with insufficient or defective red blood cell production. Pharmaceutical compositions, which comprise the peptide compounds of the invention, and dosages are also provided.


Patent
Affymax Inc. | Date: 2012-10-18

The present invention relates to peptide compounds that are agonists of the erythropoietin receptor (EPO-R). The invention also relates to therapeutic methods using such peptide compounds to treat disorders associated with insufficient or defective red blood cell production. Pharmaceutical compositions, which comprise the peptide compounds of the invention, are also provided.


Compounds comprising a peptide moiety, a linker moiety and a water-soluble polymer moiety such as a poly(ethylene glycol) moiety are disclosed. Various linker moieties for use in these compounds are also disclosed, along methods for their synthesis.

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