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Aerpio Initiates Phase 2 Study Of Tie2 Activator AKB-9778 For The Treatment Of Diabetic Macular Edema



2/13/2014 9:12:37 AM

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CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aerpio Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing innovative therapies for vascular diseases, today announced that it has dosed the first patient in a Phase 2 trial evaluating AKB-9778, a Tie2 activator, alone and in combination with ranibizumab (Lucentis┬«) for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). AKB-9778 is a first-in-class inhibitor of human protein tyrosine phosphatase beta (HPTP├č) that activates the Tie2 pathway to promote vascular stability, preventing abnormal blood vessel growth and vascular leak.

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