SOURCE: Biodel, Inc.

Biodel, Inc.

November 03, 2015 16:30 ET

Biodel Announces Clinical and Corporate Updates

Phase 2a Study 3-157 Initiated to Evaluate BIOD-531 Efficacy Relative to a Basal-Bolus Insulin Regimen and in Combination with GLP-1 Analog; Corporate Restructuring to Save $2 Million Annually

DANBURY, CT--(Marketwired - November 03, 2015) - Biodel Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOD) today announced the initiation of Study 3-157, a Phase 2a clinical trial to evaluate patient-friendly BIOD-531-based regimens against a state-of-the-art basal-bolus insulin regimen and in combination with a GLP-1 analog. Separately, following the completion of an operational review of the company, Biodel plans to focus on later stage clinical development programs and restructure research, quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) and facilities activities to save approximately $2 million annually.

The Phase 2a Study 3-157 is designed to evaluate glucose control achieved with BIOD-531, Biodel's proprietary biphasic insulin formulation characterized by an ultra-rapid-acting onset and basal duration of action, compared to a state of the art "basal-bolus" regimen in patients with type 2 diabetes. The clinical trial will test the hypothesis that two or three doses of BIOD-531 alone can achieve equivalent glucose control to a commonly used intensive insulin regimen in which two different insulins are injected a total of four times per day. In addition, Study 3-157 will evaluate the clinical efficacy of co-treatment with Victoza®, a leading GLP-1 analog. Pre-clinical studies indicate that BIOD-531 can be stably co-formulated with liraglutide, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Victoza®.

The primary endpoint for Study 3-157 is mean glucose concentration over a 24 hour period. On separate days, 14 subjects with type 2 diabetes will receive the following four treatments along with standardized meals in a randomized treatment sequence:

  • BIOD-531 with breakfast and dinner,
  • BIOD-531 with breakfast, lunch and dinner,
  • Insulin lispro (Humalog®) with breakfast, lunch and dinner plus insulin glargine (Lantus®) ("basal-bolus"), and
  • Liraglutide (Victoza®) in addition to BIOD-531 given with breakfast and dinner.

Dr. Errol De Souza, President and Chief Executive Officer of Biodel, stated: "The unique ultra-rapid-acting pharmacokinetic profile of BIOD-531, which is faster than marketed prandial insulins such as Humalog® while providing basal coverage in a single injection, may allow us to effectively compete in the large basal-bolus insulin market by reducing the injection burden and achieving glucose control at least as effective as that with separate basal and prandial insulins in patients with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, the potential combination of BIOD-531 with a GLP-1 analog such as liraglutide could further expand the emerging basal insulin/GLP-1 combination market by providing additional superior prandial coverage. We look forward to reporting the topline data from Study 3-157 towards the end of the first calendar quarter of 2016."

In order to reduce infrastructure costs and improve efficiency of research and QA/QC-related activities, Biodel will reduce its workforce by 10 employees, or approximately 30%, which Biodel estimates will reduce annualized personnel expenses by approximately $2 million. One-time severance payments are expected to be approximately $0.3 million. The company will continue to pursue other cost controlling practices to further reduce its operating expenses.

Gary Gemignani, Chief Financial Officer of Biodel, stated: "We believe that these personnel changes will more closely align our ongoing efforts towards supporting our later-stage clinical programs, while extending our cash runway."

About Biodel Inc.

Biodel Inc. is a specialty biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative treatments for diabetes that may be safer, more effective and more convenient for patients. Biodel's product candidates are developed by applying proprietary technologies to existing drugs in order to improve their therapeutic profiles. More information about Biodel is available at

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