DRRX DURECT Corporation

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Drug Stage Notes
DUR-928
COVID-19 Patients with Acute Liver or Kidney Injury
Phase 2
Phase 2
Phase 2 initiation announced July 1, 2020.
DUR-928
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
Phase 1b
Phase 1b
Phase 1b top-line data released May 26, 2020.
DUR-928
Alcoholic hepatitis (AH)
Phase 2b
Phase 2b
Phase 2b trial to commence 2H 2020.
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Psoriasis
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Phase 2a
Phase 2 top-line data did not meet endpoints - January 2, 2020.
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Schizophrenia
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Post-operative pain relief
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Latest News

  1. CUPERTINO, Calif., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced it has initiated recruiting patients for its randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center Phase 2 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DUR-928 in hospitalized COVID-19 infected patients with acute liver or kidney injury. The primary efficacy endpoint is a composite of survival and being free of acute organ failure at Day 28. The trial will enroll approximately 80 patients.

    "Unfortunately, acute liver or kidney injury is associated with a significantly increased risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Multi-organ failure is the cause of death in many critically ill COVID-19 patients just as it is in severe AH, a life-threatening…

    CUPERTINO, Calif., July 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced it has initiated recruiting patients for its randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center Phase 2 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DUR-928 in hospitalized COVID-19 infected patients with acute liver or kidney injury. The primary efficacy endpoint is a composite of survival and being free of acute organ failure at Day 28. The trial will enroll approximately 80 patients.

    "Unfortunately, acute liver or kidney injury is associated with a significantly increased risk of death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Multi-organ failure is the cause of death in many critically ill COVID-19 patients just as it is in severe AH, a life-threatening disease with a 28-day mortality rate of 26%. Based on the positive clinical results of DUR-928 in AH patients from our Phase 2a trial, and our preclinical data in multi-organ failure models, we believe that DUR-928, in combination with standard of care, has the potential to help COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury," stated James E. Brown, D.V.M., President and CEO of DURECT. "There is a great need to explore life-saving treatment options for these high risk patients."

    About the Phase 2 Trial

    This Phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center study is designed to evaluate safety and efficacy of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury. The primary efficacy endpoint is a composite of being alive and free of acute organ failure (free of mechanical ventilation, free of liver failure events and free of renal replacement therapy) at day 28.

    A total of approximately 80 patients will be enrolled into two study treatment groups in a 3:1 (DUR-928:placebo) ratio. Patients will receive a dose of 150 mg of DUR-928 or placebo by intravenous infusion on day 1 and day 4 in combination with standard of care therapy, which will be determined by the principal investigator (PI) at each clinical trial site.

    Patients will be followed for 60 days. Should any drug product be determined by the FDA to be safe and effective for the treatment of COVID-19 during the trial, such treatments may be offered, at each PI's discretion, to any remaining and future patients in this trial. 

    About COVID-19

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) infection. The rapid spread of the disease has resulted in a pandemic with millions of confirmed cases and causing hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide. While most cases result in mild symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, some rapidly progress into Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), multi-organ failure, and death.  Many of these patients experience a rapid elevation of inflammation-inducing signaling molecules (cytokine storm) that trigger acute injuries in multiple organs including the liver and the kidney. Organ injury may also occur in hospitalized COVID-19 patients as the result of other complications of the viral infection. In a study of 1,059 adult cases of confirmed COVID-19, 62% of patients presented with at least one elevated liver enzyme. In another study, 36.6% of 5,449 patients admitted with COVID-19 had or developed AKI.

    About DUR-928

    DUR–928 is a first-in-class, small molecule, new chemical entity and an endogenous epigenetic regulator. It is in Phase 1 and Phase 2 development for three indications and is the lead candidate in DURECT's Epigenetic Regulator Program.  DUR-928 has been shown in preclinical studies to play an important regulatory role in lipid metabolism, inflammation, and cell survival.  Human applications may include acute organ injury such as alcoholic hepatitis (AH) and acute liver or kidney injury in COVID-19 patients, and chronic metabolic diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

    About DURECT Corporation

    DURECT is a biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the treatment of acute organ injury and chronic liver diseases by advancing novel and potentially lifesaving therapies based on its endogenous epigenetic regulator program. DURECT's lead candidate, DUR-928, has demonstrated the ability to regulate the expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism, inflammatory responses and cell survival. This drug candidate is currently in Phase 2 development for the treatment of alcoholic hepatitis (AH) and the treatment of COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury as well as Phase 1 development for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). DURECT's proprietary drug delivery technologies are designed to enable new indications and enhanced attributes for small-molecule and biologic drugs. One late-stage product candidate in this category is POSIMIR® (bupivacaine extended-release solution), an investigational locally-acting, non-opioid analgesic intended to provide up to three days of continuous pain relief after surgery. For more information about DURECT, please visit www.durect.com.

    DURECT Forward-Looking Statement

    The statements in this press release regarding clinical development plans for DUR-928, including the potential use of DUR-928 to treat COVID-19 patients with liver or kidney injury, the potential use of DUR-928 to treat acute organ injuries, such as AH, and chronic liver diseases, such as NASH, and the potential use of POSIMIR to provide pain relief after surgery are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks that the clinical trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients is delayed or stopped because of changes to the standard of care, the availability of alternative therapies, required protocol changes or lack of available patients, the risk that future clinical trials of DUR-928 are not started when anticipated, take longer to conduct than anticipated, do not replicate the results from earlier clinical or pre-clinical trials, or do not demonstrate the safety or efficacy of DUR-928 in a statistically significant manner, the risk that the FDA will not approve POSIMIR, the risk that additional time and resources may be required for development, testing and regulatory approval of DUR-928 or the Company's other product candidates, potential adverse effects arising from the testing or use of our drug candidates, our potential failure to maintain our collaborative agreements with third parties and risks related to our ability to obtain capital to fund operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT's Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2020 under the heading "Risk Factors."

    NOTE: POSIMIR® and SABER® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation.  Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  DUR-928 and POSIMIR are investigational drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities for any indication.

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  2. CUPERTINO, Calif., June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced that it is set to join the broad-market Russell 3000® Index as a result of the 2020 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US stock market opens today, June 29, 2020.

    Annual Russell indexes reconstitution captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of May 8, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the US all-cap Russell 3000® Index, which remains in place for one year, means that DRRX shares will automatically be included in the small-cap Russell 2000® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization…

    CUPERTINO, Calif., June 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced that it is set to join the broad-market Russell 3000® Index as a result of the 2020 Russell indexes annual reconstitution, effective after the US stock market opens today, June 29, 2020.

    Annual Russell indexes reconstitution captures the 4,000 largest US stocks as of May 8, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership in the US all-cap Russell 3000® Index, which remains in place for one year, means that DRRX shares will automatically be included in the small-cap Russell 2000® Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.

    Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies. Approximately $9 trillion in assets are benchmarked against Russell's US indexes. Russell indexes are part of FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider.

    For more information on the Russell 3000® Index and the Russell indexes reconstitution, refer to the "Russell Reconstitution" section on the FTSE Russell website.

    About DURECT Corporation

    DURECT is a biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the treatment of acute organ injury and chronic liver diseases by advancing novel and potentially lifesaving therapies based on its endogenous epigenetic regulator program. DURECT's lead candidate, DUR-928, has demonstrated the ability to regulate the expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism, inflammatory responses and cell survival. This drug candidate is under development for the treatment of alcoholic hepatitis (AH), COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury as well as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). DURECT's proprietary drug delivery technologies are designed to enable new indications and enhanced attributes for small-molecule and biologic drugs. One late-stage product candidate in this category is POSIMIR® (bupivacaine extended-release solution), an investigational locally-acting, non-opioid analgesic intended to provide up to three days of continuous pain relief after surgery. For more information about DURECT, please visit www.durect.com.

    DURECT Forward-Looking Statement

    The statements in this press release regarding clinical development plans for DUR-928, including the potential use of DUR-928 to treat COVID-19 patients with liver or kidney injury, the potential use of DUR-928 to treat acute organ injuries, such as AH, and chronic liver diseases, such as NASH and the potential use of POSIMIR to provide pain relief after surgery are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks that the clinical trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients is delayed or stopped because of changes to the standard of care, the availability of alternative therapies, required protocol changes or lack of available patients, the risk that future clinical trials of DUR-928 are not started when anticipated, take longer to conduct than anticipated, do not replicate the results from earlier clinical or pre-clinical trials, or do not demonstrate the safety or efficacy of DUR-928 in a statistically significant manner, the risk that the FDA will not approve POSIMIR, the risk that additional time and resources may be required for development, testing and regulatory approval of DUR-928 or the Company's other product candidates, potential adverse effects arising from the testing or use of our drug candidates, our potential failure to maintain our collaborative agreements with third parties and risks related to our ability to obtain capital to fund operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT's Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2020 under the heading "Risk Factors."

    NOTE: POSIMIR® and SABER® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation.  Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  DUR-928 and POSIMIR are investigational drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities for any indication.

     

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  3. CUPERTINO, Calif., June 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced that Gilead Sciences, Inc., (Gilead) has provided notice that, effective as of December 22, 2020, it is terminating the License Agreement dated July 19, 2019 and a related R&D agreement between Gilead and DURECT related to the development and commercialization of a long-acting injectable HIV investigational product utilizing DURECT's SABER® technology.

    As a result of this termination, DURECT anticipates recognizing remaining deferred revenue of approximately $23.1 million in the second quarter of 2020, associated with the receipt of the upfront license and development milestone payment received in 2019 from Gilead. Therefore DURECT expects to recognize…

    CUPERTINO, Calif., June 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced that Gilead Sciences, Inc., (Gilead) has provided notice that, effective as of December 22, 2020, it is terminating the License Agreement dated July 19, 2019 and a related R&D agreement between Gilead and DURECT related to the development and commercialization of a long-acting injectable HIV investigational product utilizing DURECT's SABER® technology.

    As a result of this termination, DURECT anticipates recognizing remaining deferred revenue of approximately $23.1 million in the second quarter of 2020, associated with the receipt of the upfront license and development milestone payment received in 2019 from Gilead. Therefore DURECT expects to recognize net income for the second quarter of 2020.  Recognition of this deferred revenue is a non-cash financial item.

    About DURECT Corporation

    DURECT is a biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the treatment of acute organ injury and chronic liver diseases by advancing novel and potentially lifesaving therapies based on its endogenous epigenetic regulator program. DURECT's lead candidate, DUR-928, has demonstrated the ability to regulate the expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism, inflammatory responses and cell survival. This drug candidate is under development  for the treatment of alcoholic hepatitis (AH), COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury as well as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). DURECT's proprietary drug delivery technologies are designed to enable new indications and enhanced attributes for small-molecule and biologic drugs. One late-stage product candidate in this category is POSIMIR® (bupivacaine extended-release solution), an investigational locally-acting, non-opioid analgesic intended to provide up to three days of continuous pain relief after surgery. For more information about DURECT, please visit www.durect.com.

    DURECT Forward-Looking Statement

    The statements in this press release regarding clinical development plans for DUR-928, including the potential use of DUR-928 to treat COVID-19 patients with liver or kidney injury, the potential use of DUR-928 to treat acute organ injuries, such as AH, and chronic liver diseases, such as NASH and the potential use of POSIMIR to provide pain relief after surgery are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks that the clinical trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients is delayed or stopped because of changes to the standard of care, the availability of alternative therapies, required protocol changes or lack of available patients, the risk that future clinical trials of DUR-928 are not started when anticipated, take longer to conduct than anticipated, do not replicate the results from earlier clinical or pre-clinical trials, or do not demonstrate the safety or efficacy of DUR-928 in a statistically significant manner, the risk that the FDA will not approve POSIMIR, the risk that additional time and resources may be required for development, testing and regulatory approval of DUR-928 or the Company's other product candidates, potential adverse effects arising from the testing or use of our drug candidates, our potential failure to maintain our collaborative agreements with third parties and risks related to our ability to obtain capital to fund operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT's Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2020 under the heading "Risk Factors."

    NOTE: POSIMIR® and SABER® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation.  Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  DUR-928 and POSIMIR are investigational drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities for any indication.

     

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  4. CUPERTINO, Calif., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) announced today that James E. Brown, President and CEO, will be presenting at the Jefferies 2020 Virtual Health Care Conference, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 a.m. PDT.  Institutional investors and analysts that are participating in the conference may request a virtual one-on-one meeting through the conference coordinators.

    A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available by accessing http://wsw.com/webcast/jeff126/drrx/

    The live audio webcast of the presentation will also be available by accessing DURECT's homepage at www.durect.com and clicking on the "Investors" tab.  If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call…

    CUPERTINO, Calif., May 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) announced today that James E. Brown, President and CEO, will be presenting at the Jefferies 2020 Virtual Health Care Conference, Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 a.m. PDT.  Institutional investors and analysts that are participating in the conference may request a virtual one-on-one meeting through the conference coordinators.

    A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available by accessing http://wsw.com/webcast/jeff126/drrx/

    The live audio webcast of the presentation will also be available by accessing DURECT's homepage at www.durect.com and clicking on the "Investors" tab.  If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on DURECT's website in the "Event Calendar" of the "Investors" section.

    About DURECT Corporation

    DURECT is a biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the treatment of acute organ injury and chronic liver diseases by advancing novel and potentially lifesaving therapies based on its endogenous epigenetic regulator program.  DURECT's lead candidate, DUR-928, has demonstrated the ability to regulate the expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism, inflammatory responses and cell survival. This drug candidate is currently in Phase 2 development for the treatment of alcoholic hepatitis (AH), and Phase 1 development for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).  We are also working with the FDA on the design of a proof-of-concept Phase 2 trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury.  DURECT's proprietary drug delivery technologies are designed to enable new indications and enhanced attributes for small-molecule and biologic drugs.  A key product candidate in this category is POSIMIR® (bupivacaine extended-release solution), an investigational locally-acting, non-opioid analgesic intended to provide up to three days of continuous pain relief after surgery.  DURECT has also entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences to develop and commercialize a long-acting injectable HIV investigational product using DURECT's SABER® technology.  For more information about DURECT, please visit www.durect.com.

    DURECT Forward-Looking Statement
    The statements in this press release regarding the potential for DUR-928 to treat AH, NASH or COVID-19 patients and plans for clinical development of DUR-928, including plans to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients, and the potential benefits and uses of our drug candidates, including the potential use of DUR-928 to treat acute organ injuries such as AH, NASH and COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury, are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks that future clinical trials of DUR-928 do not confirm the results of trials conducted on small numbers of patients, are not started when anticipated, take longer to conduct than anticipated, do not generate similar positive results as generated in earlier clinical or pre-clinical trials, or do not demonstrate the safety or efficacy of DUR-928 in a statistically significant manner, the risk of disruptions to our business operations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk that additional time and resources may be required for development, testing and regulatory approval of DUR-928, potential adverse effects arising from the testing or use of our drug candidates, our potential failure to maintain our collaborative agreements with third parties such as Gilead or consummate new collaborations and risks related to our ability to obtain capital to fund operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT's Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2020 under the heading "Risk Factors."

    NOTE: POSIMIR® and SABER® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation.  Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  DUR-928 and POSIMIR are investigational drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities for any indication.

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  5. CUPERTINO, Calif., May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced positive topline results from its Phase 1b clinical study of orally administered DUR-928 in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients.

    A total of 65 patients completed the study, in which DUR-928 was orally administered daily for 4 weeks at 50 mg (n=23), 150 mg (n=21), or 600 mg (300 mg BID (n=21)). Both the 50 mg and 600 mg dose groups showed a statistically significant median reduction at day 28 from baseline of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels at -16% and -17%, respectively. The 600 mg dose group also showed statistically significant median reductions at day 28 from baseline of serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (-18%) and gamma-glutamyl…

    CUPERTINO, Calif., May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) today announced positive topline results from its Phase 1b clinical study of orally administered DUR-928 in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients.

    A total of 65 patients completed the study, in which DUR-928 was orally administered daily for 4 weeks at 50 mg (n=23), 150 mg (n=21), or 600 mg (300 mg BID (n=21)). Both the 50 mg and 600 mg dose groups showed a statistically significant median reduction at day 28 from baseline of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels at -16% and -17%, respectively. The 600 mg dose group also showed statistically significant median reductions at day 28 from baseline of serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) (-18%) and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) (-8%), and the 50 mg dose group had a statistically significant reduction at day 28 from baseline in liver stiffness as measured by Fibroscan (-10%).

    Patients in the 50 mg or 150 mg dose groups also had statistically significant median reduction at day 28 from baseline of serum triglycerides (-13% in the 50 mg group) or LDL-C (-11% in the 150mg group). Patients with elevated baseline triglycerides (≥200 mg/dL; n=16) across all dose groups had a median reduction at day 28 from baseline of -24% (p <0.01). 

    At day 28, 43% of patients in all three dose groups showed ≥ 10% liver fat reduction from baseline as measured by magnetic resonance imaging - proton density fat fraction (MRI-PDFF). In this subgroup, there was a significant reduction from baseline in median liver fat content (-18%, -19%, and -23%, in the 50 mg, 150 mg and 600 mg groups respectively). The reduction of liver fat content was accompanied by a significant median reduction from baseline of serum ALT (-21%, -19%, and -32%, in the 50 mg, 150 mg and 600 mg groups respectively).

    DUR-928 was well tolerated at all three doses evaluated. There were no serious adverse events reported during the study. Pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters after repeat dosing were comparable to those after a single dose (from a prior study), indicating no accumulation after repeat dosing.  Drug exposure was dose dependent.

    Results, including biomarker data, are still being analyzed. DURECT plans to present additional results and data analyses at a future scientific meeting.

    "The results from this trial are encouraging given the short treatment course of 4 weeks to establish proof of concept," stated Dr. Eric Lawitz, Texas Liver Institute, University of Texas Health San Antonio and principal investigator of the study. "I look forward to further development of what appears to be a well-tolerated drug with the potential to treat NASH patients through modulation of multiple biologic pathways."

    "It is impressive to see these improvements after such a short treatment period," stated James E. Brown, D.V.M., President and CEO of DURECT. "Multiple important liver enzymes, plasma lipids and imaging results moving in the same direction is a very promising indication of DUR-928's potential in NASH."

    Topline Data Summary (Day 28 vs Baseline)

    For all tables below, * Indicates p-value <0.05; ** indicates p < 0.01; *** indicates p <0.001

    Clinical Chemistry

    Median

    50 mg QD

    150 mg QD

    300 mg BID

    ALT

    -16%*

    (n=22)

    -10%

    (n=20)

    -17%***

    (n=20)

    AST

    -14%

    (n=22)

    -9%

    (n=20)

    -18%**

    (n=20)

    GGT

    -6%

    (n=23)

    -1%

    (n=20)

    -8%*

    (n=21)

    LDL-C

    -6%

    (n=22)

    -11%*

    (n=20)

    -7%

    (n=21)

    Non-HDL-C

    -8%

    (n=23)

    -5%

    (n=20)

    -1%

    (n=21)

    Triglycerides

    -13%*

    (n=23)

    -3%

    (n=20)

    -2%

    (n=21)

    ALT (alanine aminotransferase); AST (aspartate aminotransferase); GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase);

    LDL-C ( Low-Density Lipoprotein – Cholesterol); Non-HDL-C (Total cholesterol excluding High-Density Lipoprotein – Cholesterol);

    QD (once a day); BID (twice a day)

     

    Non-Invasive Imaging

    Median

    50 mg QD

    150 mg QD

    300 mg BID

    MRI-PDFF

    -7%

    (n=21)

    -7%

    (n=21)

    -4%

    (n=21)

    Fibroscan

    -10%**

    (n=22)

    -9%

    (n=20)

    -1%

    (n=21)

    MRI-PDFF (Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Proton Density Fat Fraction) is a non-invasive measure of the proportion
    of liver tissue which is composed of fat; FibroScan is a specialized ultrasound machine that measures the stiffness of liver tissue.

    The following tables show Day 28 vs Baseline data from patients with ≥ 10% Reduction in MRI-PDFF

    Clinical Chemistry

    Patients with ≥ 10% Reduction in MRI-PDFF

    Median

    50 mg QD

    (n=9)

    150 mg QD

    (n=8)

    300 mg BID

    (n=9)

    ALT

    -21%**

    -19%*

    -32%***

    AST

    -24%**

    -21%

    -39%***

    GGT

    -13%***

    -16%*

    -14%

    LDL-C

    -7%

    -11%

    -8%*

    Non-HDL-C

    -10%

    -8%*

    -12%*

    Triglycerides

    -9%

    0%

    -8%

    ALT (alanine aminotransferase); AST (aspartate aminotransferase); GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase);

    LDL-C ( Low-Density Lipoprotein – Cholesterol); Non-HDL-C (Total cholesterol excluding High-Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol);

    QD (once a day); BID (twice a day)

     

    Non-Invasive Imaging

    Patients with ≥ 10% Reduction in MRI-PDFF

    Median

    50 mg QD

    (n=9)

    150 mg QD

    (n=9)

    300 mg BID

    (n=9)

    MRI-PDFF

    -18%***

    -19%***

    -23%***

    Fibroscan

    -7%

    -9%**

    -9%

    MRI-PDFF (Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Proton Density Fat Fraction) is a non-invasive measure of the proportion
    of liver tissue which is composed of fat; FibroScan is a specialized ultrasound machine that measures the stiffness of liver tissue.

    About the Study
    The study was a randomized, open label, multi center US study to evaluate safety, pharmacokinetics and signals of biological activity of DUR-928 in NASH patients with stage 1-3 fibrosis. A total of 65 patients completed the study. DUR-928 was orally administered daily at 50 mg (n=23), 150 mg (n=21), or 600 mg (300 mg BID (n=21)). Patients in this trial were dosed daily for 4 weeks and followed up for an additional 4 weeks.

    About DUR-928
    DUR‑928 is a new chemical entity and the first endogenous epigenetic regulator clinically tested for difficult-to-treat liver diseases. It is the lead candidate in DURECT's Epigenetic Regulator Program and is currently being tested in Phase 1 and Phase 2 development. An endogenous, orally bioavailable, small molecule, DUR-928 has been shown in preclinical studies to play an important regulatory role in lipid homeostasis, inflammation, and cell survival. Human applications may include acute organ injury such as alcoholic hepatitis (AH), acute liver or kidney injury in COVID-19 patients, and chronic metabolic diseases such as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and other liver diseases.

    About DURECT Corporation
    DURECT is a biopharmaceutical company committed to transforming the treatment of acute organ injury and chronic liver diseases by advancing novel and potentially lifesaving therapies based on its endogenous epigenetic regulator program. DURECT's lead candidate, DUR-928, has demonstrated the ability to regulate the expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism, inflammatory responses and cell survival. This drug candidate is currently in Phase 2 development for the treatment of alcoholic hepatitis (AH), and Phase 1 development for the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). We are also working with the FDA on the design of a proof-of-concept Phase 2 trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury. DURECT's proprietary drug delivery technologies are designed to enable new indications and enhanced attributes for small-molecule and biologic drugs. A key product candidate in this category is POSIMIR® (bupivacaine extended-release solution), an investigational locally-acting, non-opioid analgesic intended to provide up to three days of continuous pain relief after surgery. DURECT has also entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences to develop and commercialize a long-acting injectable HIV investigational product using DURECT's SABER® technology. For more information about DURECT, please visit www.durect.com.

    DURECT Forward-Looking Statement

    The statements in this press release regarding the potential for DUR-928 to treat NASH patients and other plans for clinical development of DUR-928, including plans to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial of DUR-928 in COVID-19 patients, and the potential benefits and uses of our drug candidates, including the potential use of DUR-928 to treat acute organ injuries such as AH and COVID-19 patients with acute liver or kidney injury, are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks that future clinical trials of DUR-928 do not confirm the results of trials conducted on small numbers of patients, are not started when anticipated, take longer to conduct than anticipated, do not generate similar positive results as generated in earlier clinical or pre-clinical trials, or do not demonstrate the safety or efficacy of DUR-928 in a statistically significant manner, the risk that the remaining data from the Phase 1b NASH trial reported in this press release is not consistent with the topline data reported here, the risk of disruptions to our business operations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk that additional time and resources may be required for development, testing and regulatory approval of DUR-928, potential adverse effects arising from the testing or use of our drug candidates, our potential failure to maintain our collaborative agreements with third parties such as Gilead or consummate new collaborations and risks related to our ability to obtain capital to fund operations and expenses. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in DURECT's Form 10-Q filed on May 11, 2020 under the heading "Risk Factors."
    NOTE: POSIMIR® and SABER® are trademarks of DURECT Corporation.  Other referenced trademarks belong to their respective owners.  DUR-928 and POSIMIR are investigational drug candidates under development and have not been approved for commercialization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or other health authorities for any indication.

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