DiaMedica Inc.
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DiaMedica Inc.

March 04, 2008 09:42 ET

DiaMedica Receives Regulatory Clearance for Phase II Human Study of DM-99

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - DiaMedica Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DMA), a drug discovery and development company focused on novel treatments for type 2 diabetes is pleased to announce that it has received regulatory clearance in the European Union to conduct a Phase II human study with DM-99 in type 2 diabetes patients.

Dr. Karl-Gunnar Hidinger, DiaMedica's President said that the decision to advance DM-99 into clinical studies was supported by very encouraging preclinical data, reported on February 11th, from the Wasserman Laboratory at the Diabetes Research and Training Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Hidinger said that he expects the study to be completed in 2008.

"This will be a double-blind crossover study in 20 diabetic patients that will measure the change in glucose and insulin levels after a meal. In this manner the variability between patients is minimized because each patient crossing over between placebo and DM-99 treatment in effect serves as its own control" stated Dr. Hidinger. "The results of this study will give an indication as to how well DM-99 works at controlling blood glucose levels in a type 2 diabetic population and thus guide us into the next stage of clinical development".

"DiaMedica is poised for growth as we now have three drug candidates with enormous market potential in clinical development," added Dr. Hidinger. "Our pipeline of clinical stage products has a tremendous history of safe use in patients to compliment our growing body of evidence of their efficacy in the significant type 2 diabetes market".

Diabetes is a widespread and rapidly growing disease, affecting 180 million people world wide, with over 90% being diagnosed as Type 2. According to the American Diabetes Association, the total annual economic cost of diabetes to the United States in 2007 was estimated to be $174 billion with over 10% of health care dollars attributed to it. Most notably, diabetes deaths are projected to increase by over 80% in middle-upper income countries between 2006 and 2015. Global sales of oral diabetes drugs currently total $6 billion per year and are expected to climb to $11 billion per year by 2011.

DM-99 is a biological product with a well established safety profile being studied by DiaMedica for a novel use as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. The product has demonstrated the ability to positively impact glucose metabolism in animal models.

About DiaMedica

DiaMedica is developing novel treatments for various stages of type 2 diabetes based on evidence that a dysfunctional nerve signal from the brain to the liver is responsible for 50-65% of total glucose uptake by muscle. DiaMedica's technology is focused towards restoring the function of this nerve signal and thus reversing the progression of the disease. The Company recently completed a successful phase IIa clinical trial with its lead product DM-71 that demonstrated the ability to reduce HbA1c levels with no serious adverse advents. DiaMedica has two other drugs in phase II clinical trials, DM-83 and DM-99, with results expected in each study 2008.

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Contact Information

  • DiaMedica Inc.
    Kevin Richardson, Ph.D.
    Director, Investor Relations
    (204) 478-5605
    (204) 453-3745 (FAX)
    Email: krichardson@diamedica.com