MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2012) - DiaMedica (TSX VENTURE:DMA) is pleased to report that DM-199 has demonstrated a statistically significant effect in lowering daily insulin needs when co-administered with basal long-acting insulin (Lantus®) in a pre-clinical diabetes study. Full results to be published.
The study confirmed DM-199 alone lowers fasting glucose values (p=0.000003) in a diabetic model. During an oral glucose tolerance test, DM-199 co-administered with basal long-acting insulin significantly reduced the spike in glucose levels immediately and well after a meal to near normal levels (p=0.00002), as measured by area under the curve glucose, with no evidence of hypoglycemia.
"The results from this study suggest DM-199 co-administered with basal long-acting insulin may reduce the need for short-acting insulin around meals while improving glucose control in diabetic patients," stated Rick Pauls, Chairman & CEO of DiaMedica. "Lowering the frequency and amount of daily insulin injections and reducing the risk of hypoglycemia could significantly improve the quality of life for Type 1 diabetics and possibly for Type 2 diabetics. Results are to be confirmed in future human studies."
"These promising results further suggest the potential of DM-199 for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes," stated Dr. Alexei Savinov, Associate Scientist at The Sanford Project who performed the study. The Sanford Project is an emerging translational research center focused on targeted diabetes research, cures and care. "Earlier pre-clinical studies have also independently demonstrated the ability of the DM-199 program to lower glucose levels, significantly halt the autoimmune attack and proliferate insulin-producing beta cells."
DiaMedica Inc. is a publicly traded (TSX VENTURE:DMA) biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel therapies to treat diabetes and the complications associated with diabetes. DiaMedica's lead compound, DM-199, is a recombinant human protein that represents a novel approach to treating Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Based on the Company's understanding of the postprandial state, DiaMedica is also developing a novel monoclonal antibody, DM-204 for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Chronic treatment with DM-204 in a pre-clinical Type 2 diabetes model resulted in a significant improvement in blood glucose control as measured by HbA1c and also significant improved blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels.
The Company is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Canada under the trading symbol 'DMA'.
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