RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tranzyme Pharma (Nasdaq:TZYM), a clinical‑stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel, first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of acute (hospital‑based) and chronic gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.
"In the first quarter, we initiated two Phase 3 pivotal trials of our most advanced product candidate, ulimorelin. The objective of the trials is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of ulimorelin in accelerating gastrointestinal recovery in patients undergoing a partial bowel resection," said Vipin K. Garg, PhD, President and CEO of Tranzyme Pharma. "We are very pleased to have recently completed our initial public offering intended to fund the continued clinical development of ulimorelin as well as our lead oral compound TZP-102 for diabetic gastroparesis. We plan to initiate a Phase 2b trial for TZP-102 in the second half of this year. We believe patients require safe and effective treatments for these conditions, and we are dedicated to developing both products."
Recent Highlights and Developments
Ulimorelin Phase 3 Pivotal Trial Initiation
Tranzyme initiated dosing of ulimorelin in two Phase 3 pivotal trials known as ULISES 007 and ULISES 008, in February and March, respectively. The company expects to enroll approximately 600 patients undergoing bowel resections in the Phase 3 program. Ulimorelin is Tranzyme's intravenous promotility agent in development for the management of postoperative ileus (POI) in hospital and acute care settings. Tranzyme is developing ulimorelin in collaboration with its European partner Norgine B.V., a specialty pharmaceutical company.
TZP-102 Data Presented at Digestive Disease Week
At Digestive Disease Week, the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, Dr. Richard W. McCallum presented Phase 2 data on TZP-102. The poster "TZP-102, Ghrelin Agonist Phase 2 Data: The Improvement in Symptoms of Gastroparesis (Nausea, Early Satiety, Bloating and Abdominal Pain) Significantly Correlated With Patient Rating of Overall Treatment Effect" concluded that TZP-102 improved the most prevalent symptoms of gastroparesis, a life-impacting disorder in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents, and that TZP-102 represents a promising advance in the treatment of diabetic gastroparesis.
In March, Anne VanLent was appointed to Tranzyme's Board of Directors. Ms. VanLent was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barrier Therapeutics, Inc., a publicly-traded company that developed and marketed prescription dermatology products prior to its acquisition by Stiefel Laboratories in June 2008. Ms. VanLent joined the board of Integra Life Sciences Holding Corporation (Nasdaq:IART) in 2004, where she currently also serves as chair of the audit committee. She also served as a director of Penwest Pharmaceuticals, a NASDAQ-listed company from 1997 through its sale to Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the fall of 2010.
Select First Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Total revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $2.3 million compared to $1.4 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to the amortization of deferred revenue from the upfront license fee received from our collaboration agreement with Norgine entered into in June 2010. Research and development expenses were $4.5 million in the first quarter 2011 compared to $2.9 million in the same period in 2010. The increase was primarily the result of higher clinical trial expenses during the period. General and administrative expenses were $971,000 in the first quarter 2011 versus $847,000 in the same period last year. The Company reported a consolidated net loss of $3.4 million compared to $2.7 million for the first quarter 2010.
The company ended the first quarter of 2011 with $12.5 million in cash and cash equivalents. In the second quarter of 2011, Tranzyme completed its initial public offering of its common stock raising aggregate net proceeds of approximately $51.4 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses.
Conference Call Details
The company will host a conference call on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. ET to discuss first quarter 2011 financial results and present information concerning its business and strategies. To participate in the live call, please dial (877) 670 - 9784 (U.S. and Canada) or (970) 315 - 0430 (international), five to ten minutes prior to the start of the call. A live audio webcast will also be available in the "Investors" section of the Tranzyme Pharma website, .
A replay of the conference call will be available beginning May 13, 2011 at 11:30 A.M. ET and ending on May 20, 2011. Investors may listen to the replay by dialing (800) 642-1687 (U.S. and Canada) or (706) 645-9291 (international), with the passcode 63772004. The webcast will also be archived for on-demand listening for 30 days at .
About Tranzyme Pharma
Tranzyme Pharma is a clinical‑stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel, first-in-class small molecule therapeutics for the treatment of acute (hospital‑based) and chronic gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. All of Tranzyme's product candidates have been discovered using its proprietary drug discovery chemistry platform, MATCH™, which enables the construction of synthetic libraries of drug-like, macrocyclic compounds in a predictable and efficient manner.
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