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Genaera Discontinues Lomucin in Cystic Fibrosis Studies

ecorded as a long-term liability.

Termination of the LOMUCIN study was a result of a recommendation by the Company to the study's Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) to close the ongoing study for futility. The DMC identified no safety concerns in their review.

"Genaera and the Data Monitoring Committee planned a joint evaluation of the midpoint data from the LOMUCIN study to determine if the enrollment of the final subjects in the study would allow us to better understand the impact of the drug on respiratory function in cystic fibrosis patients. The committee determined that there is no additional benefit to further enrollment, so we found it reasonable to conclude the study, evaluate the impact of the drug, and move forward focused on our core programs," stated Michael J. Gast, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Clinical Research and Development at Genaera. "We believe that the data from this LOMUCIN study continues to validate the drug's target, hCLCA1, as a potential target for future research in respiratory and other diseases and we maintain a strong intellectual property position and library of over 15,000 compounds for this target."

The Phase 2 study of squalamine in prostate cancer, another of Genaera's non-core assets, was also discontinued. There had been no recent enrollment in this trial, and delays in restarting the study at a new investigative site made the decision to end the study appropriate.


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