DiaMedica Inc.
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DiaMedica Inc.

July 30, 2009 09:53 ET

DiaMedica Founder Invited to Speak at International Scientific Conference

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - DiaMedica Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DMA), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for various stages of type 2 diabetes, is pleased to announce that Dr. Wayne Lautt, co-founder of DiaMedica, will be speaking today at the International Union of Physiological Sciences 36th World Congress, a prestigious meeting held every four years, in Kyoto Japan.

Dr. Lautt's presentation, entitled "Meal-induced insulin sensitization: role in the pathophysiology and prevention of diabetes" will describe a nerve-signal mechanism that DiaMedica believes is a fundamental cause of type 2 diabetes.

"This presentation affords the opportunity to describe a mechanism that the Company believes is strongly connected to insulin resistance, the precursor to type 2 diabetes, and to present data that DiaMedica's approach fully reverses insulin resistance in a diabetic animal model" stated Dr. Lautt. "Furthermore, data will be presented demonstrating that restoring this mechanism re-establishes the ability of the body to store more nutrient energy in muscles, where it can be burned off, rather than stored as fat, which leads to obesity."

About IUPS

The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) is an organization which brings together physiologists from across the globe. The unifying objective is to increase mankind's understanding of the functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems. It is an adhering member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences and participates in the work of several Scientific Committees of the International Council for Science. The IUPS publishes a journal, Physiology in cooperation with the American Physiological Society. The articles are up-to-date reviews of modern physiology in order to maintain a current knowledge of all fields of physiology.

About DiaMedica

DiaMedica is developing novel treatments for type 2 diabetes based on a 'nerve signal' mechanism for which the Company has been issued two U.S. patents. DiaMedica completed a successful phase II trial with its lead product, DM-71, which demonstrated the ability to reduce HbA1c (blood sugar) levels and weight in humans. DiaMedica also completed a successful phase II trial with its second compound, DM-83, designed to measure changes in insulin and / or glucose. The success of this clinical trial was highly significant as DiaMedica believes it validated the novel 'nerve signal' mechanism that would designate the Company's drugs as first-in-class.

The Company's third drug in development, DM-99, recently completed a phase II clinical trial. Patients receiving DM-99 in Period 1 of this cross-over study showed a decrease in baseline adjusted peak blood glucose concentration of 19% (p equals 0.077) versus those receiving placebo as well as a decrease in incremental glucose Area Under the Curve (AUC) 0-240 minutes of 31% (p equals 0.030) versus those receiving placebo. DM-199, a recombinant version of DM-99, has been created with the expectation that it will a long-acting version of DM-99. DiaMedica was recently awarded a contribution of up to $492,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to fund the development of DM-199. DiaMedica has been recognized as one of the Top Ten™ Life Science companies in Canada for the past two years by the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation.

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