Melinta Therapeutics Reports First Patient Treated in Phase 2 Study of Topical Radezolid for Treatment of Acne

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLNT) a commercial-stage company developing and commercializing novel antibiotics to treat serious bacterial infections, announced today that the company’s partner has initiated a Phase 2 clinical study of topical radezolid for the treatment of mild-to-moderate acne vulgaris.  

The Phase 2 study will enroll approximately 48 individuals with moderate-to-severe facial acne vulgaris who will be randomized in a double-blind fashion to receive a topical formulation of radezolid or placebo that they will apply twice daily for 12-weeks. Primary endpoints will include the Investigator’s Global Assessment (score of “clear” or “almost clear”) and the absolute change from baseline of acne lesion count(s) in each treatment group. The study is expected to complete enrollment in the second half of 2018.

“Radezolid for acne vulgaris has progressed extremely well though preclinical and clinical development to date” commented Sue Cammarata, Melinta’s chief medical officer. “With resistance to currently available topical antibiotics rising, we believe that radezolid could be an important treatment option for physicians and patients affected by acne vulgaris and are very pleased it is moving into Phase 2 development.”

In January 2015, Melinta structured an agreement with a third party for topical indications of radezolid.  The deal structure provides Melinta with a potential long-term financial return and affords Melinta the opportunity to participate in radezolid’s future development and commercialization.

About Radezolid
Radezolid is a second-generation oxazolidinone antibiotic discovered by Melinta scientists using proprietary, structure-based design, to achieve higher ribosomal binding affinity, minimal off-target activity, and a broader spectrum of antimicrobial activity than is currently available in the class. For more information, please visit the company website.

About Melinta Therapeutics
Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. is dedicated to saving lives threatened by the global public health crisis of bacterial infections, through the development and commercialization of novel antibiotics that provide new and better therapeutic solutions. Melinta’s lead product is Baxdela, an antibiotic approved by the US FDA for use in the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Melinta also has an extensive pipeline of preclinical and clinical stage products representing many important classes of antibiotics, each targeted at a different segment of the anti-infective market.  Together, this pipeline provides Melinta with the unique ability to provide doctors and patients with a range of solutions that can meet the tremendous need for novel antibiotics treating serious infections.  Visit www.melinta.com for more information.

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