Motif Bio PLC

Motif Signs Agreement with Lamellar Biomedical

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Motif Bio PLC
01 May 2019


Motif Bio plc

("Motif Bio" or the "Company")


Motif Bio Signs Agreement with Lamellar Biomedical



Motif Bio plc (AIM/Nasdaq: MTFB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specialising in developing novel antibiotics, today announced that the Company has signed an agreement with Lamellar Biomedical Limited (Lamellar) under which Motif Bio will conduct an in vivo pre-clinical study evaluating iclaprim in combination with Lamellar's patented LAMELLASOME™ technology. Iclaprim has been granted U.S. orphan drug designation for Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Lamellar's LAMELLASOME™ candidate LMS-611, which has mucokinetic (mucus clearing) properties, has demonstrated antibiotic potentiation (the enhancement of certain properties of antibiotics) and has European orphan drug designation for CF.


The companies believe that, based on pre-clinical data with the two individual components, the combination could be a promising potential treatment for lung infections in patients with CF.


Dr. Graham Lumsden, Chief Executive Officer of Motif Bio, said:  "We have been looking for a way to optimise the development of iclaprim in patients with CF. We are excited about the preliminary data we have seen with Lamellar's technology and look forward to evaluating it in combination with iclaprim." 


Dr. Alex McLean, Chief Executive Officer of Lamellar Biomedical, said: "CF is a key area of interest for Lamellar. We are delighted to announce this partnership with Motif Bio, which will evaluate the antibiotic potentiation properties of our LAMELLASOME technology in combination with iclaprim. This collaboration augments our own work in this orphan indication, which is focused on a novel nucleic acid-based therapeutic, as we strive to develop a range of highly effective treatment options for patients with CF."



For further information please contact:




Motif Bio plc

[email protected]

Graham Lumsden (Chief Executive Officer)

Walbrook PR Ltd. (UK FINANCIAL PR & IR)

+44 (0) 20 7933 8780

Paul McManus/Helen Cresswell/Lianne Cawthorne


+49 (0)89 210 2280

Raimund Gabriel

[email protected]

Russo Partners (U.S. PR)

+1 (858) 717-2310 or +1 (212) 845 4272

David Schull                                                                            

[email protected]






Lamellar Biomedical Ltd

Dr Alec McLean (CEO)






+44 (0) 1698 748 832

+44 (0) 1698 532 163


Citigate Dewe Rogerson (LAMELLAR FINANCIAL PR)

David Dible/Pip Batty/Shabnam Bashir


[email protected]



Note to Editors:


About Motif Bio


Motif Bio plc (AIM/NASDAQ: MTFB) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel antibiotics designed to be effective against serious and life-threatening infections caused by multi-drug resistant Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA. The Company's lead product candidate is iclaprim. Motif Bio is seeking approval of iclaprim from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). More than 3.6 million patients with ABSSSI are hospitalised annually in the U.S. It is estimated that up to 26% of hospitalized ABSSSI patients have renal impairment.


The Company also has plans to develop iclaprim for hospital acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP), including ventilator associated bacterial pneumonia (VABP), as there is a high unmet need for new therapies in this indication.  A Phase 2 trial in patients with HABP has been successfully completed and a Phase 3 trial is being planned. Additionally, iclaprim has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis and is in pre-clinical development for this indication.


Iclaprim received Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation from the FDA together with Fast Track status for the ABSSSI indication. If approved for the ABSSSI indication as a New Chemical Entity, iclaprim will be eligible for 10 years of market exclusivity in the U.S. from the date of first approval, under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act (the GAIN Act). In Europe, 10 years of market exclusivity is anticipated.  Motif is also building a patent estate to provide additional protection for iclaprim and has two U.S. method of use patents issued that will expire in 2037.


About Lamellar Biomedical


Lamellar Biomedical Limited (Lamellar) is an innovative biotechnology company pioneering new approaches for the transfer of functional nucleic acids. The Company's unique and versatile LAMELLASOME™ platform has been designed for the safe and effective delivery of nucleic acid-based therapeutics and for the potentiation of antibiotics. Lamellar believes that its LAMELLASOME technology will play a key role in realising the potential of mRNAs, siRNAs, miRs, plasmids and other nucleic acids in development offering the potential to revolutionise the treatment of many rare and intractable diseases. It also believes that its technology could be used to improve the utility of antibiotics in a range of indications including Cystic Fibrosis.


LAMELLASOME™ formulations have been shown to be effective in delivering functional nucleic acids to a range of cell types including macrophages, human pulmonary fibroblasts and human dendritic cells. The technology has also been successfully used for the in vivo delivery of functional nucleic acids. LAMELLASOME monotherapy formulations have excellent preclinical safety, a very high NOAEL (taken from inhalation toxicology) and excellent clinical safety and tolerability profile.


Lamellar is developing its own pipeline of nucleic acid-based therapeutics, the most advanced of which target two areas of unmet clinical need: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Cystic Fibrosis.


Founded in 2007, Lamellar is backed by both institutional and private investors, including Invesco, Scottish Enterprise, Barwell Plc, TRI Capital and has multiple research collaborations with world renowned institutions and universities.


Forward-Looking Statements for Motif Bio


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