DiaMedica Inc.
TSX VENTURE : DMA

DiaMedica Inc.

December 01, 2011 08:52 ET

DiaMedica's DM-204 for Type 2 Diabetes Significantly Lowers Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2011) - DiaMedica Inc. (TSX VENTURE:DMA) is pleased to announce the presentation of new compelling Type 2 diabetes data from studies of DM-204 at the Windhover Therapeutic Area Partnership Conference in Boston, MA, USA.

In an independently conducted study, chronic administration of DM-204 prevented disease progression within an in vivo Type 2 diabetes model. Treatment with DM-204 resulted in statistically significant lower mean differences compared to untreated animals after 21 days for the following parameters:

  • 2.6% (p=0.0103) lower HbA1c levels at day 21
  • 70% (p=0.0058) lower difference in fasting blood glucose levels
  • 25 mm/Hg (p=0.0004) lower difference in systolic blood pressure levels
  • >20% (p=0.0156) improvement in total cholesterol levels

Managing each of these parameters, HbA1c, blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, is important in the treatment of patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Reduction in HbA1c is the critical endpoint measurement in receiving regulatory approval for a Type 2 diabetes medication. Additionally, approximately 70% of Type 2 diabetics are prescribed antihypertensive medication(s) to control blood pressure and prevent heart disease and stroke. The antihypertensive and cholesterol lowering ability of DM-204 may significantly reduce the need for such medication(s) and furthermore protect Type 2 diabetics from heart disease and stroke complications. Administration of DM-204 was well-tolerated and outperformed marketed Type 2 diabetes drugs sitagliptin (Januvia®) and exenatide (Byetta®).

"These results are very encouraging and provide a strong foundation with which to move DM-204 forward," said Dr. John Amatruda, DiaMedica's Scientific Advisory Board member and former Senior Vice President and Franchise Head for Diabetes and Obesity at Merck Research Laboratories.

"DM-204 has the opportunity to fundamentally change the treatment regimen for Type 2 diabetes patients with hypertension and high cholesterol. DM-204 could potentially become the single long-acting treatment by virtue of being a monoclonal antibody therapy"," stated Dr. Mark Williams, Vice President, of Research at DiaMedica. "The chronic in vivo model data shows DM-204's ability to prevent disease progression of Type 2 diabetes and increased blood pressure."

Summary results will be presented at the 2011 Windhover's Therapeutic Area Partnership Conference at 3pm December 1st, 2011 at the Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA with the full results to be published and presented in 2012.

About DiaMedica

DiaMedica is a biopharmaceutical company that has developed novel therapeutic compounds aimed to improve the lives of patients with diabetes and other major, medically-unmet diseases. DiaMedica's lead compound, DM-199, represents a novel approach to treating Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by demonstrating significant results against three major aspects of these diseases: 1) halting the autoimmune attack on beta cells; 2) proliferating insulin producing beta cells; and 3) improving glucose control.

Treatment with DiaMedica's monoclonal antibody, DM-204, has demonstrated significant improvement in glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol levels in in vivo models of Type 2 diabetes.

The company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol 'DMA'.

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