LAVAL, QC and CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 6, 2023 /CNW Telbec/ - Liminal BioSciences Inc. (Nasdaq: LMNL) ("Liminal BioSciences" or the "Company"), is pleased to provide an overview of the Company's priorities for this calendar year.
"We are thrilled to be starting the year with two promising early-stage programs, and the potential opportunities they bring for further development in 2023, along with a cash runway expected to support our near-term development plans," stated Bruce Pritchard, Chief Executive Officer of Liminal BioSciences. "We are nominating LMNL6511 as the lead preclinical drug candidate for our GPR84 Antagonist program, meeting another key milestone for the Company and strengthening our pipeline, bringing us closer to the clinic."
Research and Development
GPR84 Antagonist Development Plan
OXER1 Antagonist Development Plan
As we continue development work on our GPR84 antagonist and OXER1 antagonist programs, we are simultaneously assessing the commercial opportunities for both assets. We believe that both our GPR84 antagonist and OXER1 antagonist programs have the potential to address significant unmet medical needs. In addition to these programs, we continue to explore other development opportunities to add to our pipeline.
We expect to update the market on our clinical development plans in 2023.
Additional information on our GPR84 Antagonist Program
The GPR84 receptor could be an important biological target in a number of therapeutic areas of interest. Our preclinical research indicates that expression levels of GPR84 increase significantly under inflammatory conditions. Inhibition of GPR84 appears to inhibit neutrophil and macrophage migration and reduce cytokine release. Preclinical research conducted by the Company also indicates a potential beneficial role for the antagonism of GPR84, including in the reduction of fibrosis.
Additional information on our OXER-1 Antagonist Program
OXER-1 is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is highly selective for 5-oxo-eicosatetraenioc acid (5-oxo-ETE), a potent human eosinophil chemo-attractant known to be involved in eosinophilic driven diseases (EDDs). EDDs are inflammatory illnesses, generally in respiratory, GI and skin conditions in which elevated levels of activated eosinophils are a direct cause or thought to play a pivotal role. OXER-1 may represent a promising target in a novel pathway for the treatment of eosinophilic driven diseases (EDDs).
We will be holding a Special Meeting of Shareholders on January 20, 2023, to vote on a proposed share consolidation to regain compliance with the NASDAQ listing requirements. If approved by the shareholders of the Company, the Share Consolidation is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2023.
About Liminal BioSciences Inc.
Liminal BioSciences is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing distinctive novel small molecule therapeutics for inflammatory, fibrotic, and metabolic diseases using our drug discovery platform with a data-driven approach. The Company is currently developing GPR84 antagonists and OXER1 antagonists. In addition to these programs, the Company continues to explore other development opportunities to add to its pipeline.
Liminal BioSciences has active business operations in Canada and the United Kingdom.
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