ProMetic Life Sciences Inc.

ProMetic Life Sciences Inc.

November 12, 2013 07:00 ET

ProMetic's PBI-4050 Shown to Reduce Heart Fibrosis

- PBI-4050 significantly reduces heart fibrosis in chronic kidney disease rat model

- Significant reduction of fibrosis in the kidney and liver re-confirmed

- Expands potential commercial opportunities for PBI-4050

LAVAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2013) - ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI) (OTCQX:PFSCF), ("ProMetic" or the "Corporation") presented new preclinical data at the 2013 American Society of Nephrology ("ASN") annual meeting held in Atlanta on November 7-10, 2013.

Cardiovascular diseases, in their broad spectrum, are collectively the major cause of death in patients on dialysis. One of the studies performed was to determine the effect of a permanent vascular catheter on heart fibrosis and to investigate the potential protective effect of PBI-4050 on the kidneys and the heart of 5/6 nephrectomised rats. In this study, the nephrectomised rats with a catheter had 4 times more heart lesions (fibrosis, necrosis and inflammation) compared to those who did not have a catheter. The rats with catheter and treated with PBI-4050 had a significant reduction of heart lesions, fibrosis and collagen compared to the non-treated animals. The nephrectomised rats treated with PBI-4050 also displayed a significant improvement of their renal function and a significant reduction of inflammation and fibrosis in their kidneys compared to the non-treated rats.

"this study is particularly important because it provides a potential mechanism for reducing the cardiac injury that many patients who use catheters as a vascular access while on dialysis may experience", stated Dr Raymond Hakim.

Dr. Lyne Gagnon presented an overview of all the pre-clinical data that demonstrates the ability of PBI-4050 to reduce fibrosis in the kidney and overall improve the renal function in various animal models; said models ranging from the uni-nephrectomised diabetic (db/db) mouse model simulating diabetic nephropathies (DKD) to the 5/6 nephrectomised rat model emulating chronic kidney disease (CKD) in humans.

"Patients with advanced CKD conditions, whether or not on dialysis, present a very complex medical profile often involving hypertension, diabetic and cardiovascular complications. The pre-clinical data strongly suggests that PBI-4050 could provide a novel approach to modulate the process that leads to a gradual loss of the renal function in these patients", commented Dr. Raymond Hakim.

"These new findings add significant weight to our ultimate strategic positioning of PBI-4050 going forward", stated Dr John Moran, who added "any beneficial clinical effect in diabetic patients with chronic kidney diseases ought to be part of a new clinical mindset when evaluating the performance of a drug".

The Corporation expects to start enrolling patients in early 2014 to demonstrate efficacy.

The study results presented at the ASN conference are available on the Prometic website at:

About ProMetic Life Sciences Inc.

ProMetic Life Sciences Inc. ( is a long established biopharmaceutical company with globally recognized expertise in bioseparations, plasma-derived therapeutics and small-molecule drug development. ProMetic offers its state of the art technologies for large-scale purification of biologics, drug development, proteomics and the elimination of pathogens to a growing base of industry leaders and uses its own affinity technology that provides for highly efficient extraction and purification of therapeutic proteins from human plasma in order to develop best-in-class therapeutics and orphan drugs. ProMetic is also active in developing its own novel small-molecule therapeutic products targeting unmet medical needs in the field of fibrosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases/inflammation. Headquartered in Laval (Canada), ProMetic has R&D facilities in the UK, the U.S. and Canada, manufacturing facilities in the UK and business development activities in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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  • Pierre Laurin
    President and CEO
    ProMetic Life Sciences Inc.

    Frederic Dumais
    Director, Communications and
    Investor Relations
    ProMetic Life Sciences