Exhibit 99.1





DiaMedica Therapeutics Provides a Business Update and Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results


Conference Call and Webcast November 14 at 8:00 AM Eastern Time / 7:00 AM Central Time



Updated Amendment to Phase 2/3 ReMEDy2 AIS Protocol Aimed at Enhancing Patient Enrollment and Increasing Probability of Study Success, 30-Day FDA Review Period Passed Without Comment



ReMEDy2 Initial Activation of Clinical Sites Expected in November and December



$56 Million Cash with Runway to 2026


Minneapolis, Minnesota November 13, 2023 (Business Wire) – DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: DMAC), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel treatments for neurological disorders and cardio-renal disease, today provided a business update and financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. Management will host a conference call Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 8:00 AM Eastern Time / 7:00 AM Central Time to discuss its business update and third quarter 2023 financial results.


ReMEDy2 Phase 2/3 AIS Clinical Developments         


Following in-depth discussions of the ReMEDy2 Phase 2/3 protocol design with global stroke experts, the scientific advisory board and current investigators, the Company has made several important amendments to the protocol. These changes were submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early October and the Company is proceeding with use of the amended protocol as the FDA did not issue any comments during the 30-day review period which ended on November 3, 2023.


These study modifications include focusing participant eligibility to those subjects with only moderate acute ischemic strokes in the anterior circulation. Moderate strokes are commonly defined as those stroke patients having a baseline National Institute of Health Score (NIHSS) of 5-15. Moderate severity strokes frequently result from occlusions in small vessels, and if diagnosed after the tPA treatment window has closed, typically have limited treatment alternatives as they are generally not candidates for mechanical thrombectomy. The exclusion of posterior circulation (PC) strokes aligns with enrollment criteria used by Techpool Bio-Pharma, the marketer of urinary-derived KLK1, called KAILIKANG®, in their registration studies in China. Given the ReMEDy2 primary endpoint of modified Rankin score (mRS) of 0-1 (excellent outcome), the Company believes that focusing on strokes of moderate severity will maximize the potential performance improvement in participants treated with DM199 vs. placebo, meaning that this change should increase the number of participants receiving DM199 achieving an excellent outcome as compared to the placebo group. This change is also consistent with results from the Company’s Phase 2, ReMEDy1 stroke trial, where the subgroup of participants with moderate strokes, not receiving mechanical thrombectomy prior to enrollment, showed a greater percentage of patients on DM199 achieving an mRS of 0-1 compared to placebo, recognizing that the trial had a relatively small number of participants.




“The revisions we are implementing to the ReMEDy2 trial protocol reflect the feedback we’ve received from clinical sites and stroke key opinion leaders and follows more closely the clinical studies with KAILIKANG® in China," said Jordon Dubow, M.D., DiaMedica’s Interim Chief Medical Officer. "With these changes, we aim to leverage new insights and data to optimize our trial execution, accelerate the involvement of new clinical sites, and ultimately, enhance the robustness of our study findings."


For more information about the ReMEDy2 AIS Phase 2/3 clinical trial, please visit (www.remedytrial.com). DiaMedica also released a more comprehensive presentation describing this information in a Current Report on Form 8-K submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concurrent with this press release. This presentation is available on both the DiaMedica website (www.diamedica.com) and on the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov).


DiaMedica has been working closely with PPD Development, L.P., its contract research organization (CRO), on the re-initiation of the study in parallel to the FDA protocol amendment review period. The Company anticipates that the initial clinical study sites in the United States will be activated in November and December 2023. These initial sites enrolled participants prior to the clinical hold and have elected to continue. The bulk of the U.S. sites are expected to be activated in the first half of 2024 and the Company is also preparing to expand globally to further accelerate enrollment in ReMEDy2.


At this time, based upon enrollment rates in recent stroke trials and discussions with multiple CROs, the Company believes that full enrollment for the interim analysis can be completed in 2024.


“We are thrilled to be reengaging with doctors and hospitals to work towards developing DM199 as a significant advance for the treatment of ischemic stroke patients,” commented Rick Pauls, DiaMedica’s Chief Executive Officer. “The updates to our clinical trial protocol are expected to provide the most reliable read on the potential for DM199 to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”


Balance Sheet and Cash Flow


DiaMedica reported total cash, cash equivalents and investments of $56.2 million, current liabilities of $2.2 million and working capital of $45.7 million as of September 30, 2023, compared to total cash, cash equivalents and investments of $33.5 million, $2.2 million in current liabilities and $31.7 million in working capital as of December 31, 2022. The increases in cash and investments and in working capital were due primarily to the $36.8 million of net proceeds from the June and April 2023 private placements, partially offset by cash used to fund operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2023.


Net cash used in operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 was $14.9 million compared to $8.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increase in cash usage relates primarily to the increased net loss in the current year period over the prior year period and increased amortization of discounts on marketable securities, partially offset by non-cash share-based compensation and the effects of changes in operating assets and liabilities in the current year period.


Financial Results


Research and development (R&D) expenses increased to $3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, up from $1.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. R&D expenses increased to $9.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, up from $5.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increase for the nine-month comparison was driven principally by costs incurred for the in-use studies performed to address the recently lifted clinical hold on the Company’s ReMEDy2 AIS trial, costs incurred for the Phase 1C study determining the DM199 blood concentration levels achieved with the IV dose of DM199 and increased manufacturing and process development costs. Also contributing to the increase were increased personnel costs associated with expanding the clinical team. These increases were partially offset by decreased costs incurred for the Phase 2/3 ReMEDy2 AIS trial as activity was limited prior to the June 2023 lift of the clinical hold.




General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $1.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, up from $1.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. G&A expenses were $6.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, up from $4.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increase for the nine-month comparison was primarily due to increased legal fees incurred in connection with our lawsuit against PRA Netherlands and increased personnel costs incurred in conjunction with expanding the team. Increased cost for patent prosecution and non-cash share-based compensation also contributed to the increase.


Other income, net, was $693 thousand for the three months ended September 30, 2023, up from $76 thousand for the three months ended September 30, 2022. Other income, net, was $1.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, up from $0.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The increase for the nine-month comparison was due to increased interest earned on marketable securities.


Conference Call and Webcast Information


DiaMedica Management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its business update and third quarter 2023 financial results on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 8:00 AM Eastern Time / 7:00 AM Central Time:



Tuesday, November 14, 2023


8:00 AM ET / 7:00 AM CT

Web access:


Dial In:

(877) 550-1858

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Interested parties may access the conference call by dialing in or listening to the simultaneous webcast. Listeners should log on to the website or dial in 15 minutes prior to the call. The webcast will remain available for playback on the Company’s website, under investor relations - events and presentations, following the earnings call and for 12 months thereafter. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 21, 2023, by dialing (800) 645-7964 (US Toll Free) and entering the replay passcode: 2125#.


About ReMEDy2 Trial


The ReMEDy2 trial is an adaptive design, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial studying the use of the Company’s product candidate, DM199, to treat acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients. The trial is intended to enroll approximately 350 patients at up to 100 sites in the United States with planned global expansion. Patients enrolled in the trial will be treated for three weeks with either DM199 or placebo, beginning within 24 hours of the onset of AIS symptoms, with the final follow-up at 90 days. The trial excludes patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or mechanical thrombectomy. DiaMedica believes that the proposed trial has the potential to serve as a pivotal registration study of DM199 in this patient population.


About DM199


DM199 is a recombinant (synthetic) form of human tissue kallikrein-1 (KLK1). KLK1 is a serine protease (protein) that plays an important role in the regulation of diverse physiological processes including blood flow, inflammation, fibrosis, oxidative stress and neurogenesis via a molecular mechanism that increases production of nitric oxide and prostaglandin. KLK1 deficiency may play a role in multiple vascular and fibrotic diseases such as stroke, chronic kidney disease, retinopathy, vascular dementia, and resistant hypertension where current treatment options are limited or ineffective. DiaMedica is the first company to have developed and clinically studied a recombinant form of the KLK1 protein. The KLK1 protein, produced from the pancreas of pigs and human urine, has been used to treat patients in Japan, China and South Korea for decades. DM199 is currently being studied in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS). In September 2021, the FDA granted Fast Track Designation to DM199 for the treatment of AIS.




About DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc.


DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company committed to improving the lives of people suffering from serious diseases with a focus on acute ischemic stroke. DiaMedica’s lead candidate DM199 is the first pharmaceutically active recombinant (synthetic) form of the KLK1 protein, an established therapeutic modality in Asia for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke and other vascular diseases. For more information visit the Company’s website at www.diamedica.com.


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and forward-looking information that are based on the beliefs of management and reflect management’s current expectations. When used in this press release, the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “look forward,” “continue,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “hope,” “should,” or “will,” the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology, and the use of future dates are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. The forward-looking statements and information in this press release include statements regarding the Company’s expectations regarding the effect of the protocol amendments to increase the probability of clinical success and streamline the site selection and activation process, timing for site activations and geographic locations thereof and enrollment in the ReMEDy2 trial, anticipated clinical benefits and success of DM199, and cash runway into early 2026. Such statements and information reflect management’s current view and DiaMedica undertakes no obligation to update or revise any of these statements or information. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements, or other future events, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Applicable risks and uncertainties include, among others, uncertainties relating to the effects of the protocol amendments, timing of site activations and enrollment, regulatory applications and related filing and approval timelines; the possibility of additional future adverse events associated with or unfavorable results from the ReMEDy2 trial; the possibility of unfavorable results from DiaMedica’s ongoing or future clinical trials of DM199; the risk that existing preclinical and clinical data may not be predictive of the results of ongoing or later clinical trials; DiaMedica’s plans to develop, obtain regulatory approval for and commercialize its DM199 product candidate for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke and cardio-renal disease and its expectations regarding the benefits of DM199; DiaMedica’s ability to conduct successful clinical testing of DM199 and within its anticipated parameters, enrollment numbers, costs and timeframes; the adaptive design of the ReMEDy2 trial and the possibility that the targeted enrollment and other aspects of the trial could change depending upon certain factors, including additional input from the FDA and the blinded interim analysis; the perceived benefits of DM199 over existing treatment options; the potential direct or indirect impact of COVID-19, hospital and medical facility staffing shortages, and worldwide global supply chain shortages on DiaMedica’s business and clinical trials, including its ability to meet its site activation and enrollment goals; DiaMedica’s reliance on collaboration with third parties to conduct clinical trials; DiaMedica’s ability to continue to obtain funding for its operations, including funding necessary to complete planned clinical trials and obtain regulatory approvals for DM199 for acute ischemic stroke and cardio-renal disease, and the risks identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in DiaMedica’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 and subsequent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including DiaMedica’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2023. The forward-looking information contained in this press release represents the expectations of DiaMedica as of the date of this press release and, accordingly, is subject to change after such date. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking information and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. While DiaMedica may elect to, it does not undertake to update this information at any particular time except as required in accordance with applicable laws.





Scott Kellen

Chief Financial Officer

Phone: (763) 496-5118


Paul Papi

Corporate Communications

Phone: (508) 444-6790





DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)





Three Months Ended

September 30,


Nine Months Ended

September 30,










Operating expenses:


Research and development

  $ 3,272     $ 1,640     $ 9,433     $ 5,569  

General and administrative

    1,885       1,488       5,986       4,459  

Operating loss










Other income:


Other income, net

    693       76       1,220       124  

Loss before income tax expense










Income tax expense










Net loss










Other comprehensive income (loss)


Unrealized gain (loss) on marketable securities



    5       (53





Net loss and comprehensive loss

  $ (4,535


  $ (3,054


  $ (14,273


  $ (10,036



Basic and diluted net loss per share

  $ (0.12


  $ (0.12


  $ (0.46


  $ (0.38


Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted

    37,949,422       26,443,067       30,751,329       26,443,067  





DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share amounts)




September 30, 2023


December 31, 2022






Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 2,232     $ 4,728  

Short term marketable securities

    44,233       28,774  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

    1,111       251  

Amounts receivable

    310       82  

Total current assets

    47,886       33,835  

Non-current assets:


Long term marketable securities


Operating lease right-of-use asset, net

    372       424  

Property and equipment, net

    135       136  

Total non-current assets

    10,253       560  

Total assets

  $ 58,139     $ 34,395  



Current liabilities:


Accounts payable

  $ 863     $ 734  

Accrued liabilities

    1,227       1,365  

Operating lease obligation

    78       63  

Finance lease obligation

    2       6  

Total current liabilities

    2,170       2,168  

Non-current liabilities:


Operating lease obligation, non-current

    337       396  

Finance lease obligation, non-current

    3       4  

Total non-current liabilities

    340       400  

Shareholders’ equity:


Common shares, no par value; unlimited authorized; 37,953,711 and 26,443,067 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively


Paid-in capital

    166,153       128,078  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (127 )     (74 )

Accumulated deficit

    (110,397 )     (96,177 )

Total shareholders’ equity

    55,629       31,827  

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

  $ 58,139     $ 34,395  





DiaMedica Therapeutics Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)





Nine Months Ended September 30,






Cash flows from operating activities:


Net loss

  $ (14,220


  $ (9,925


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:


Share-based compensation

    1,227       1,091  

Amortization of discount on marketable securities




Non-cash lease expense

    52       47  


    22       19  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:


Amounts receivable




Prepaid expenses and other assets





Accounts payable

    129       355  

Accrued liabilities





Net cash used in operating activities






Cash flows from investing activities:


Purchase of marketable securities





Maturities of marketable securities

    40,135       42,758  

Purchases of property and equipment





Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities




Cash flows from financing activities:


Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of offering costs


Principal payments on finance lease obligations





Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    36,843       (5



Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents





Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    4,728       4,707  

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

  $ 2,232     $ 2,771  

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash transactions:


Cash paid for income taxes

  $ 26     $ 10  

Assets acquired under financing lease

  $     $ 446