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Matinas BioPharma to Present at the U.S. FDA Development of Non-Traditional Therapies for Bacterial Infections Workshop

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Aug. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matinas BioPharma Holdings, Inc. (NYSE AMER: MTNB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on enabling targeted intracellular delivery of life-changing medicines using its proprietary lipid nano-crystal (LNC) platform technology, announced today that Raphael Mannino, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Matinas will present at the public workshop entitled “Development of Non-Traditional Therapies for Bacterial Infections,” being held by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) August 21-22, 2018. The purpose of the public workshop is to discuss the general development considerations of non-traditional therapies, including preclinical development, early clinical studies, and Phase 3 clinical trial designs to evaluate safety and efficacy.

Dr. Mannino will discuss the Company’s proprietary LNC technology in a presentation entitled, “A Unique Approach to the Treatment of Intracellular Pathogens with Anti-Microbial Agents.” Matinas BioPharma's differentiated LNC drug delivery platform offers an intracellular drug delivery solution with potential advantages for a range of therapeutics, including small molecules, nucleic acid polymers, proteins, peptides, vaccines, as well as the targeted delivery of gene editing technologies.

Additionally, Dr. Mannino will provide an overview of the Company's lead and platform-validating product candidate, MAT2203, which utilizes its proprietary LNC formulation technology for the safe and effective delivery of the broad-spectrum fungicidal agent, amphotericin B. Based on the positive patient clinical data reported in 2017 and a positive face-to-face interaction with the FDA in 2018, Matinas has designed a streamlined and risk-mitigated development program focused on  a potential pivotal Phase 2 trial of MAT2203 for the prevention of IFIs in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This initial indication represents a significant unmet medical need and Matinas’ unique ability to formulate a safe and effective oral formulation of amphotericin B, designed for longer term use, uniquely positions MAT2203 to become the ideal antifungal therapy for the prevention and treatment of invasive fungal infections. Matinas expects to engage with FDA frequently over the next 6-12 months as it prepares to commence its potential pivotal Phase 2 adaptive-designed study in 2019. The Company believes that orally-administered MAT2203 has the potential to become a highly differentiated therapy in the antifungal field.

About Matinas BioPharma

Matinas BioPharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative medicines using its lipid nano-crystal (LNC) platform delivery technology. The Company's proprietary, disruptive technology utilizes lipid-crystal nano-particle cochleates to nano-encapsulate small molecules, oligonucleotides, vaccines and other medicines potentially making them safer, more tolerable, less toxic and orally bioavailable.

The Company's lead anti-fungal product candidate, MAT2203, positions Matinas BioPharma to become a leader in the safe and effective delivery of anti-infective therapies utilizing its proprietary LNC formulation technology.

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