Cocrystal Pharma Presents Positive Preclinical Data for CC-42344 at the Options X for the Control of Influenza Conference

- CC-42344 showed broad spectrum activity, excellent anti-influenza activity (EC50 <1 nM), and a strong synergistic effect with approved influenza antivirals -

- Preclinical study demonstrated favorable pharmacokinetic and ADMET profiles of PB2 inhibitors -

BOTHELL, WA, Sept. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: COCP), (“Cocrystal” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotechnology company discovering and developing novel antiviral therapeutics, today announced that Sam Lee, Ph.D., President of Cocrystal, presented positive preclinical data of CC-42344 at the ISIRV: Options X for the Control of Influenza Conference being held August 28-September 1, 2019 in Singapore.

As part of his oral presentation, Dr. Lee provided an overview of the Company’s distinct class of PB2 inhibitors developed utilizing its structure-based technology. Cocrystal’s novel, potent, broad spectrum anti-influenza preclinical lead molecule, CC-42344, targets the cap-binding PB2 domain and is active against a panel of seasonal, pandemic, and Tamiflu-resistant influenza A strains. Additionally, Dr. Lee presented in vitro characterization and mechanism of action of these novel PB2 inhibitors.

The in vitro characterization and mechanism of action was obtained through a process in which seven different influenza A PB2 domains (H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1, and H7N9) were purified for protein crystallization and biochemical assays. PB2 crystals and cocrystals were diffracted to 1.0 – 2.5 Å. Cytopathic effect (CPE) assays measured antiviral activity.

“The data we have generated in this program continue to be encouraging. Our unique structure-based platform technology has continued to bolster our confidence in its potential in the development of any antiviral drug. We believe our platform has the potential to fuel a diverse pipeline that will have a meaningful impact on a number of high-value indications, including influenza,” commented Dr. Lee. “As a result, anti-influenza PB2 inhibitors have been developed for the treatment of seasonal and pandemic influenza infections and we look forward to providing additional updates as we explore the full potential of these novel molecules.”

Results from the preclinical study demonstrated high resolution X-ray cocrystal structures of CC-42344 and other PB2 inhibitors, and further revealed a channel connected to the high conserved m7GTP binding site. These novel PB2 inhibitors showed broad spectrum activity, excellent anti-influenza activity (EC50 <1 nM), and a strong synergistic effect with approved influenza antivirals including Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluxa (baloxavir). In addition to the in vitro studies, the Company also obtained favorable pharmacokinetic and ADMET profiles of these PB2 inhibitors.

Cocrystal is applying its proprietary platform technology to develop novel, broad spectrum influenza antivirals that are specifically designed to be effective against all significant A strains of the influenza virus and to have a high barrier to resistance due to the way they target the virus’s replication machinery. CC-42344, the Company’s lead molecule for the treatment of influenza A, binds to a highly conserved PB2 site on the influenza polymerase complex and exhibits a novel mechanism of action that inhibits viral replication. CC-42344 is currently being evaluated in preclinical IND-enabling studies for the treatment of influenza.

About the International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV)

The ISIRV is an independent and international scientific professional society promoting the prevention, detection, treatment, and control of influenza and other respiratory virus diseases. Options X, the 10th edition of the Options for the Control of Influenza conference, is ISIRV's premier event and remains the largest international conference exclusively dedicated to influenza prevention, control and treatment, including seasonal flu and pandemic preparedness. Highlights of the meeting include: new tracks on influenza co-infections with other viral pathogens and key issues for policy making - a special session to showcase the latest developments in Chinese-speaking countries - and pre-conference workshops on a wide variety of topics including technology, mathematical modelling and bioinformatics. For more information, please visit the conference website.

About Cocrystal Pharma, Inc.

Cocrystal Pharma, Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company discovering and developing novel antiviral therapeutics that target the replication machinery of influenza viruses, hepatitis C viruses, and noroviruses. Cocrystal employs unique structure-based technologies and Nobel Prize winning expertise to create first- and best-in-class antiviral drugs. The Company is developing CC-31244, an investigational, oral, broad-spectrum replication inhibitor called a non-nucleoside inhibitor (NNI). CC-31244 is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2a study for the treatment of hepatitis C as part of a cocktail for ultra-short therapy of 4 to 6 weeks. Cocrystal recently entered into an exclusive worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Merck & Co., Inc. to discover and develop certain proprietary influenza A/B antiviral agents. CC-42344, the Company’s molecule for the treatment of influenza A, is currently being evaluated in preclinical IND-enabling studies. In addition, the Company has a pipeline of promising early preclinical programs and continues to identify and develop novel antivirals for the treatment of norovirus gastroenteritis using the Company’s proprietary structure-based drug design technology platform. For further information about Cocrystal, please visit

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