Matinas BioPharma (NYSE American: MTNB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on delivering groundbreaking therapies using its lipid nanocrystal (LNC) platform delivery technology, today provided an update from its ongoing Compassionate/Expanded Use Access Program (the “Program”) with MAT2203, the Company’s proprietary, LNC-delivered oral formulation of the broad-spectrum antifungal drug amphotericin B.

To date, 19 patients have been enrolled in the Program at prestigious healthcare institutions, including the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, City of Hope, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the National Institutes of Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

The majority of enrolled patients are post-transplant or are undergoing treatment for underlying malignancies. The infections being treated with MAT2203 include a variety of micro-organisms (including Aspergillus, Mucorales species, Candidiasis, Fusarium and suspected Coccidioides) occurring at multiple sites of infection, including brain, bladder/colon, bone, lung, sinus, and skin. Most patients were receiving AmBisome prior to enrollment but developed treatment-limiting nephrotoxicity and most also required treatment for either azole-resistant organisms or had clinically failed azole therapy and had no other treatment options.

“We are encouraged by the positive clinical impact of MAT2203 in each of our patients who faced few or no treatment options,” said Dr. Marisa Miceli, an internationally recognized infectious disease physician specializing in the treatment of invasive fungal infections and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan. “Of the seven patients we have treated to date under the Program, all were either unable to receive azole therapy due to drug-drug interactions, intolerance or resistance and some of them experienced serious treatment-limiting toxicities while attempting therapy with IV-administered amphotericin B. Treatment with MAT2203 was well tolerated and led to favorable clinical and radiological response and we did not observe any renal toxicity. While additional study is warranted, MAT2203 may be particularly promising for the treatment of invasive fungal infections in patients with limited options and therefore satisfy a currently significant unmet medical need.”

Of the 19 patients enrolled in the Program, 15 have available follow-up and 4 recently initiated or will soon commence treatment with MAT2203.

  • 12 of the 15 patients had either complete clinical resolution or objective improvement in clinical markers of infection (including radiologic and mycologic).
  • Of the 5 patients who completed their full individually specified course of treatment (ranging from 2 weeks to 1 year, depending on the infection) all have had complete clinical resolution with no relapses or recurrence of their infection.
  • 5 additional patients have shown objective improvement in clinical markers and are continuing treatment with MAT2203 as planned.
  • 5 of the 15 patients were unable to complete their individually specified course of treatment, although 2 saw significant clinical improvement of their fungal infection and are included in the 12 overall successful cases.
    • 2 patients transitioned to palliative care shortly after starting therapy with MAT2203 because of unanticipated progression of their malignant disease.
    • 1 patient discontinued therapy after two days due to underlying GI issues (i.e., Crohn’s disease).
    • 1 patient passed away due to progression of their underlying disease approximately 8 weeks into therapy (but previously experienced significant clinical improvement of their fungal infection).
    • 1 patient discontinued MAT2203 treatment following 10 weeks of therapy due to underlying GI issues (long-standing nausea/vomiting), but with improvement in their fungal infection.

Importantly, all patients who experienced renal toxicity following treatment with AmBisome saw their renal function return to baseline after transitioning to MAT2203 therapy and suffered no further renal side effects over the course of extended treatment with MAT2203.

“We continue to be excited about the ongoing, consistent positive clinical impact of MAT2203, seen in these extremely ill patients,” said Theresa Matkovits, PhD, Chief Development Officer at Matinas. “We look forward to advancing MAT2203 into Phase 3 development in the ORALTO registration trial and to validating these results in a well-controlled clinical trial in which we believe the clinical probability of success is quite high. If approved, oral, effective, and safe MAT2203 could represent a dramatic improvement to current clinical standard of care and become the treatment of choice for patients and physicians battling invasive fungal infections. We are grateful to the participants in the Program and to their physicians for recognizing the clinical potential of MAT2203 in treating a broad spectrum of deadly invasive fungal infections.”

MAT2203 is not yet licensed or approved anywhere globally.

About MAT2203Matinas BioPharma is developing MAT2203 as a potential oral broad-spectrum treatment for invasive deadly fungal infections. Although amphotericin B is a fungicidal agent, it is currently only available through an intravenous route of administration, which is known to be associated with several significant safety issues such as renal toxicity and anemia due to very high circulating levels of amphotericin B. MAT2203 has the potential to overcome the significant limitations of the currently available amphotericin B products due to its targeted oral delivery. Combining comparable fungicidal activity with targeted delivery results in a lower risk of toxicity and potentially creates the ideal antifungal agent for the treatment of invasive fungal infections. MAT2203 was successfully evaluated in the completed Phase 2 EnACT study in HIV patients suffering from cryptococcal meningitis, meeting its primary endpoint, and achieving robust survival. MAT2203 will be further evaluated in a single Phase 3 registration trial (the “ORALTO” trial) as an oral step-down monotherapy following treatment with AmBisome (liposomal amphotericin B) compared with the standard of care in patients with invasive aspergillosis who have limited treatment options.

About Matinas BioPharmaMatinas BioPharma is a biopharmaceutical company focused on delivering groundbreaking therapies using its lipid nanocrystal (LNC) platform delivery technology.

In addition to MAT2203, preclinical and clinical data have demonstrated that this novel technology can potentially provide solutions to many challenges of achieving safe and effective intracellular delivery of both small molecules and larger, more complex molecular cargos including small oligonucleotides such as ASOs and siRNA. The combination of its unique mechanism of action and flexibility with routes of administration (including oral) positions Matinas’ LNC technology to potentially become a preferred next-generation orally available intracellular drug delivery platform. For more information, please visit

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