DiaMedica Announces that Co-Administration of DM-199 with Insulin Enhances Insulin’s Glucose Lowering Activity
16-Oct-2012 (Minneapolis, MN)
DiaMedica (TSX-V: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. (TSX-V:DMA) is a biotechnology company developing first-in-class treatments for the treatment of diabetes. DiaMedica's lead compound, DM-199, is a recombinant human protein for the treatment of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and their complications. The Company is also developing the first therapeutic GPCR agonist monoclonal antibody, DM-204, for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. DiaMedica’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture (TSXV: DMA). For more information please visit www.diamedica.com.
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