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Faron Pharma. Oy - Traumakine to be a part of WHO’s Solidarity trial

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Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy
27 April 2020

Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy

("Faron" or the "Company")

Traumakine to be a part of WHO's Solidarity trial investigating potential COVID-19 treatments


Company announcement, 27 April 2020 at 9.00 AM (EEST)
Inside information


TURKU, FINLAND - Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON), the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, announces today that the Company will donate supplies of its investigational intravenous (IV) interferon (IFN) beta-1a for 2,000 patients in the World Health Organization's (WHO) Solidarity trial investigating potential COVID-19 treatments.


The global Solidarity trial is comparing four treatment options against standard of care, to assess their relative effectiveness against COVID-19 - remdesivir; lopinavir/ritonavir; lopinavir/ritonavir with IFN beta-1a; and chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine. Over 90 countries are involved in the trial, which aims to rapidly discover whether any of the drugs slow disease progression or improve survival, using an adaptive trial design to enable the rapid worldwide comparison of multiple interventions simultaneously.


Separate from this Solidarity trial the Company has previously announced participation in the global REMAP-CAP trial (Randomized, Embedded, Multifactorial Adaptive Platform Trial for Community-Acquired Pneumonia) underway across more than 60 sites and 13 countries (announced on 01 April 2020).


Dr. Markku Jalkanen, Faron's CEO, said: "We are pleased that the WHO has included IFN beta-1a on its list of priority drugs to be tested against COVID-19, especially the IV form of the drug, which is what we believe critically ill patients need.


"One of the body's main first lines of defence against viral infection is endogenous IFN-beta production1. We believe Traumakine treatment can further strengthen this natural defence with intravenous dosing of IFN beta-1a to provide optimal exposure to the lung vasculature and increase protection against serious lung complications.


"We are very proud to support the WHO's global effort against COVID-19 by providing a potential therapy to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) that significantly impacts patients with severe COVID-192."


This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 ("MAR").



1.    Global virus outbreaks: Interferons as 1st responders; Seminars in Immunology 43 (2019) 101300 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.smim.2019.101300 

2.    Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of 99 cases of 2019 novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a descriptive study; The Lancet, published online 29 January 2020 https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30211-7 



Notes to editors

Further information on the Solidarity trial is available at https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/global-research-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/solidarity-clinical-trial-for-covid-19-treatments 


Further information about REMAP-CAP is available at https://www.remapcap.org



For more information please contact:


Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy

Dr Markku Jalkanen, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] 


Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, Nomad and Broker

Emma Earl, Freddy Crossley (Corporate Finance)

James Stearns (Corporate Broking)

Phone: +44 207 886 2500


Sisu Partners Oy, Certified Adviser on Nasdaq First North

Juha Karttunen, Jussi Majamaa

Phone: +358 (0)40 555 4727


Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott, David Daley, Lindsey Neville

Phone: +44 (0)20 3709 5700

E-mail: [email protected]

About Faron Pharmaceuticals Oy

Faron (AIM: FARN, First North: FARON) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for medical conditions with significant unmet needs. The Company currently has a pipeline based on the receptors involved in regulation of immune response in oncology and organ damage. Clevegen, its precision immunotherapy, is a novel anti-Clever-1 antibody with the ability to switch immune suppression to immune activation in various conditions, with potential across oncology, infectious disease and vaccine development. Currently in phase I/II clinical development as a novel macrophage checkpoint immunotherapy for patients with untreatable solid tumours, Clevegen has potential as a single-agent therapy or in combination with other standard treatments including immune checkpoint molecules. Traumakine, the Company's pipeline candidate to prevent vascular leakage and organ failures, has completed a phase III clinical trial in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Plans for its future development are being finalised to avoid interfering steroid use together with Traumakine. Faron is based in Turku, Finland. Further information is available at www.faron.com 


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A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results and expectations discussed in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. In particular, the early data from initial patients in the MATINS trial may not be replicated in larger patient numbers and the outcome of clinical trials may not be favourable or clinical trials over and above those currently planned may be required before the Company is able to apply for marketing approval for a product.  In addition,  other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially include the ability of the Company to successfully licence its programmes within the anticipated timeframe or at all, risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions, competition, environmental and other regulatory changes, actions by governmental authorities, the availability of capital markets or other sources of funding, reliance on key personnel, uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors.  Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions, the Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward looking statements. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Subject to any continuing obligations under applicable law or any relevant AIM Rule requirements, in providing this information the Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any of the forward-looking statements or to advise of any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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