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Reata Announces Initiation of Investigator-Sponsored Study Evaluating Bardoxolone for Complications Associated with COVID-19

PLANO, Texas, July 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: RETA) (“Reata,” the “Company,” or “we”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine (“NYU”), led by Sripal Bangalore, MD, interventional cardiologist and professor of Medicine, are initiating an Investigator-Sponsored Trial (“IST”), known as BARCONA, to study the effect of bardoxolone methyl (“bardoxolone”) in patients suffering from COVID-19.  At NYU’s request, Reata is providing drug supply for the trial.  NYU will be initiating the Phase 2 BARCONA study with a primary endpoint of safety.

The severity of COVID-19 and the development of systemic complications is associated with excessive, systemic inflammation, which can result in dysfunction of the lungs, kidneys, and other organs.  Acute kidney injury (“AKI”) has been reported to occur in up to 28% of all hospitalized COVID-19 patients and up to 72% of patients who do not survive COVID-19.  Bardoxolone and its analogs have demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity in animal models of acute lung and kidney injury and have shown improvements in kidney function in multiple clinical trials that enrolled over 3,000 patients with various forms of chronic kidney disease.

About Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reata is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops novel therapeutics for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases by targeting molecular pathways involved in the regulation of cellular metabolism and inflammation.  Reata’s two most advanced clinical candidates, bardoxolone and omaveloxolone, target the important transcription factor Nrf2 that promotes the resolution of inflammation by restoring mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, and inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling.  Bardoxolone and omaveloxolone are investigational drugs, and their safety and efficacy have not been established by any agency.


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Source: Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.