Morphic Therapeutic to Present Positive Phase 1 Data for MORF-057 at ECCO’21 Virtual Congress

Presentation will include summary safety, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data from single ascending dose (SAD), food effect and multiple ascending dose (MAD) studies

All dosing regimens well-tolerated across Phase 1

High receptor occupancy (RO) in Phase 1 SAD study confirmed by MAD results with increasing RO over time: receptor saturation at 100 mg BID dose

WALTHAM, Mass., May 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Morphic Therapeutic (Nasdaq: MORF), a biopharmaceutical company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, today announced that new Phase 1 data for MORF-057 will be presented in an ePoster at the Congress of European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO) 2021 Virtual Congress on July 9, 2021.

The abstract for this e-presentation is now available on the ECCO website and contains data that provide additional support for the tolerability, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile of MORF-057 as a twice-daily oral treatment candidate for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The complete ePoster is anticipated to report the full Phase 1 results, including data from an additional dose cohort from the MAD study and further pharmacokinetic (PK) endpoint data from a food effect study that were ongoing at the time of abstract submission.

“These data confirm the tolerability and pharmacodynamic profile that was reported with the initial MORF-057 SAD data. In these results, we observed α4β7 RO levels that exceeded our expectations across a range of doses, each of which was well tolerated,” said Peter Linde, M.D., chief medical officer at Morphic Therapeutic. “We are incredibly excited about the results from this Phase 1 study that strongly support our upcoming Phase 2 ulcerative colitis program.”

Data contained in the abstract demonstrate that single and multiple ascending doses of MORF-057 were well tolerated, with only mild, non-serious adverse events observed. MORF-057 also demonstrated a favorable PK profile with systemic exposure that was predictable and generally proportional to dose. In addition, these MORF-057 clinical data are consistent with non-clinical drug metabolism and PK (DMPK) profiling which will also be presented in a separate poster at the ECCO’21 Virtual Congress.

High levels of target engagement of the α4β7 integrin receptor were observed in the Phase 1 MORF-057 SAD study. As previously reported, the mean α4β7 RO’s for the 100 mg, 150 mg and 400 mg SAD cohorts were greater than 95%. These observations were confirmed in the MAD study, with increasing RO levels at steady state in all doses tested. Increased duration of dosing demonstrated increasing mean RO and decreasing inter-subject RO variability. In these new data, results from two of the three MAD cohorts were available at the time of abstract publication. The mean α4β7 RO for the 50 mg cohort receiving twice-daily (BID) administration of MORF-057 for 14 days was greater than 90% at steady state. The mean α4β7 RO in the 100 mg BID cohort at steady state was greater than 99%, or complete receptor saturation.

MORF-057 Abstracts at ECCO’21 Virtual Congress

The full title of the MORF-057 Phase 1 ePoster (P306) is: MORF-057, an oral selective α4β7 integrin inhibitor for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, leads to specific target engagement in a single and multiple ascending dose study in healthy subjects

The full title of the MORF-057 non-clinical DMPK ePoster (P037) is: Nonclinical pharmacokinetics and absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion properties of MORF-057 support its clinical development as an oral selective α4β7 integrin inhibitor

About MORF-057

Morphic is developing MORF-057 as a selective, oral small molecule inhibitor of the α4β7 integrin for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). α4β7 has been clinically validated as a target for the treatment of IBD by the success of the approved injectable antibody therapeutic vedolizumab. MORF-057 is designed to block the interactions between α4β7 on the surface of lymphocytes and the mucosal endothelial cell ligand MAdCAM-1, substantially reducing lymphocyte migration from the bloodstream into intestinal mucosal tissues and causing inflammation that is associated with IBD.

About Morphic Therapeutic
Morphic Therapeutic is a biopharmaceutical company developing a new generation of oral integrin therapies for the treatment of serious chronic diseases, including autoimmune, cardiovascular, and metabolic diseases, fibrosis and cancer. In collaboration with AbbVie, Janssen, and Schrödinger, Morphic is advancing its pipeline and discovery activities using its proprietary Morphic Integrin Technology (MInT) Platform which leverages the Company’s unique understanding of integrin structure and biology. For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to: the MInT Platform’s ability to discover drug candidates, Morphic’s plans to develop and commercialize oral small-molecule integrin therapeutics, the execution and completion of the MORF-057 Phase 1 clinical trial as designed, any expectations about safety, efficacy, timing and ability to commence or complete clinical studies and to obtain regulatory approvals for MORF-057 and other candidates in development, the timing of further data presentation and the ability of MORF-057 to treat inflammatory bowel disease or related indications.

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