Results Presented in Late-Breaking Abstract as an Oral Presentation
Presentation Will Also be Published in the Highlights from CHEST Special Edition

WARREN, N.J., Oct. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) (“Bellerophon” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company, presented additional new data from Cohort 1 of its ongoing Phase 2/3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study (iNO-PF) of INOpulse® for the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension associated with Interstitial Lung Disease (PH-ILD) as a late-breaking oral presentation at the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  The data were presented by Steven D. Nathan, M.D., F.C.C.P., Medical Director of the Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Chair of Bellerophon’s Steering Committee. 

“The collective data generated to date from Cohort 1 in the iNO-PF study are exciting,” said Dr. Nathan.  “The newly presented responder analysis results are especially gratifying, with subjects on INOpulse showing benefit in moderate to vigorous physical activity, or MVPA, overall activity and non-sedentary activity, as compared to consistent and significant deterioration in the placebo group.  In addition, subjects saw a reversal from deterioration to maintenance when switching from placebo during blinded treatment to INOpulse during open-label extension (OLE).  The durability of the efficacy signal, with subjects maintaining their activity levels on open-label INOpulse through six months on average, is especially remarkable in a patient population that has a median life expectancy of only 18 months. I am excited for the potential prospects of this promising therapy and look forward to the availability of additional clinical data in the near future.”

“The overall results from Cohort 1 of the iNO-PF study continue to enhance our confidence in the potential of INOpulse to offer the first treatment option for PH-ILD patients,” said Fabian Tenenbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Bellerophon.  “We have completed recruitment in Cohort 2 of our iNO-PF study, which will assess a higher dose, as well as a longer duration of treatment, and expect to report top-line results by year-end 2019.  The data from Cohorts 1 and 2 will be used to determine the optimal dose between iNO30 and iNO45 to progress into the pivotal Phase 3 study, for which we already have agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the use of MVPA as the primary endpoint.  We anticipate initiating the Phase 3 study in the first quarter of 2020.”

Bellerophon previously presented positive top-line data from Cohort 1 of its ongoing iNO-PF trial.  Cohort 1, the first of 3 cohorts, included 41 subjects randomized 1:1 to either iNO 30 (30 mcg/kg IBW/hr) or placebo, for a period of 8 weeks of blinded treatment.  Data highlights included:

  • MVPA (walking, stairs, yardwork, etc.) improved by 34% (8% increase on iNO vs. 26% decrease on placebo; p=0.04)
    • 23% of subjects on INOpulse had a clinically significant improvement in MVPA, compared to 0% of subjects on placebo (placebo corrected difference of 23%)
    • 39% of subjects on INOpulse had a clinically significant decline in MVPA, compared to 71% of subjects on placebo (placebo corrected difference of 32%)
    • Proportion of awake time spent in MVPA improved by 38% (16% increase on iNOpulse vs. 22% decrease on placebo; p=0.04)
  • Overall activity improved by 12% (stable on iNOpulse vs. 12% decrease on placebo; p=0.05)

The CHEST presentation included additional responder analysis data, as well as new long-term results for subjects on OLE.  Presentation highlights included:

  • Responder analysis:
    • 85% of subjects on placebo declined in MVPA, overall activity and non-sedentary activity
    • 46% of subjects on INOpulse improved in MVPA, 62% in overall activity and 39% in non-sedentary activity (compared to only 15% of subjects on placebo in each category)
  • OLE:
    • Collectively, subjects (with an average of 27 weeks of OLE data) demonstrated maintenance of MVPA, overall activity and non-sedentary activity
    • Subjects randomized to active treatment in the blinded portion of the trial continued to maintain their activity levels when transitioning to OLE over 27 weeks of open-label treatment
    • Subjects randomized to placebo in the blinded portion of the trial transitioned from a decline during blinded treatment to stabilization of activity levels (MVPA, overall activity and non-sedentary activity) over 27 weeks of open-label treatment

The CHEST presentation and poster can be found at investors.bellerophon.com.  At the conference’s request, Dr. Nathan recorded an abridged version of the presentation for the Highlights from CHEST, a program highlighting key topics from the meeting.  The presentation will be published as a special edition following the annual meeting.

About Bellerophon
Bellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Company is currently developing multiple product candidates under its INOpulse® program, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery system.  For more information, please visit www.bellerophon.com.

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Contacts 
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Fabian Tenenbaum, Chief Executive OfficerBrian Ritchie
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 britchie@lifesciadvisors.com