BEVERLY, Mass., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovation Pharmaceuticals (OTCQB:IPIX) (“the Company”), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company, reported today that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently announced the awarding of a new patent allocated to Brilacidin.

Brilacidin, the Company’s defensin-mimetic drug candidate has been successfully evaluated in clinical trials in oral mucositis, inflammatory bowel disease and serious skin infections, with planned extension into dermatological diseases.

The “Issue Notification” of the patent (Projected U.S. Patent Number 10166232) covers Brilacidin in the form of a pharmaceutical composition containing water. The pharmaceutical composition can also contain Tris-buffered saline. The patent covers Brilacidin in combination with additional medicaments, such as: an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory agent, an anesthetic agent, an anti-allergic agent, an acetylcholine blocking agent, an adrenergic agonist, a beta-adrenergic blocking agent, an anti-glaucoma agent and an anti-hypertensive agent.

The new patent builds on the “Notice of Allowance” directed to Brilacidin, including oral, buccal, and sublingual pharmaceutical compositions of Brilacidin.

“As Brilacidin continues to show compelling therapeutic benefits across multiple indications, the Company is taking the necessary steps to broaden the asset’s intellectual property estate,” commented Arthur P. Bertolino, MD, PhD, MBA, President and Chief Medical Officer at Innovation Pharmaceuticals. “Brilacidin is a unique drug candidate with the potential to be useful in numerous clinical indications alone or in combination with other medications or agents. This important new patent helps ensure we are positioning the Brilacidin franchise for future successes as we plan to advance Brilacidin into additional clinical trials, including pivotal studies for oral mucositis in 2019, with the end goal of commercialization.”

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About Innovation Pharmaceuticals
Innovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IPIX) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a world-class portfolio of innovative therapies addressing multiple areas of unmet medical need, including inflammatory diseases, cancer, infectious disease, and dermatologic diseases. Brilacidin, a versatile compound with broad therapeutic potential, is in a new chemical class called defensin-mimetics. A Phase 2 trial of Brilacidin as an oral rinse for the prevention of Severe Oral Mucositis (SOM) in patients with Head and Neck Cancer, met its primary and secondary endpoints, including reducing the incidence of SOM. The Company plans to advance Brilacidin oral rinse into Phase 3 development, subject to available financial resources. Positive results were also observed in a Phase 2 Proof-of-Concept trial treating patients locally with Brilacidin for Ulcerative Proctitis/Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis. A Phase 2b trial of Brilacidin showed a single intravenous dose of the drug delivered comparable outcomes to a seven-day dosing regimen of the FDA-approved blockbuster daptomycin in treating Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections. Kevetrin is a novel anti-cancer drug shown to modulate p53, often referred to as the “Guardian Angel Gene” due to its crucial role in controlling cell mutations, and has successfully completed a Phase 2 trial in ovarian cancer. More information is available on the Company website at

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