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Rib-X Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2 Trial for RX-3341 In Complicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections
Date:7/15/2008

- Company Reports Favorable Phase 1 RX-3341 Results -

NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Rib-X" or the "Company"), a development-stage company focused on the discovery and development of novel antibiotics for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant infections, today announced the initiation of a Phase 2 clinical trial for an intravenous form of antibiotic compound RX-3341 in the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSIs). The safety and efficacy study will be conducted at 35 sites across the United States. As a precursor to this news the Company also announced positive results of a two-part Phase 1 study with the same candidate.

"We have made significant progress in advancing this next-generation broad spectrum antibiotic further toward clinical use," said Dr. Susan Froshauer, President and CEO of Rib-X. "We intend to rapidly move forward with the development of our IV dosage form to meet the need for a broad-spectrum antibiotic in the hospital setting, particularly one that is active against quinolone-resistant MRSA. We also hope to further progress our oral dosage form to ensure a greater diversity of use in the treatment of serious infections in a number of settings."

Phase 2 Study Design

This Phase 2 double-blind study (study RX-3341-201) will evaluate the safety and efficacy of RX-3341 at two different doses administered intravenously to hospitalized cSSSI patients every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days, as compared to tigecycline (Tygacil(TM)). The study's primary endpoint is the assessment of RX-3341 efficacy, safety and tolerability at the two different doses compared to that of tigecycline's standard dosing regimen. A secondary endpoint for the study is the assessment of clinical efficacy of RX-3341 compared to tigecycline in patients with cSSSIs caused by methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Phase I Results

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