NEW YORK, NY, USA & LONDON, UK & PARIS, France I May 24, 2021 I Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) (“Aptorum Group” or “Aptorum”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announces positive progress in respect of: (i) its ongoing Phase I clinical trial for ALS-4 (a first in-class anti-virulence approach based small molecule targeting Staphylococcus aureus, including, but not limited to Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (“MRSA”)), under which two initial cohorts of the single dose ascending dose (SAD) portion of the trial in healthy male and female adult subjects have been completed with no serious adverse events observed (with in total 6 cohorts for SAD and 3 cohorts for multiple ascending dose (MAD) have been planned); and (ii) its ongoing Pre-IND preparation for SACT-1, a repurposed small molecule targeting neuroblastoma, under which the Pre-IND meeting with the US FDA has been completed.

ALS-4’s first-in-human Phase I trial is a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, single and multiple ascending dose study designed to evaluate safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of orally administered ALS-4 in healthy male and female adult volunteers. Dosing and safety reviews of Cohort A (25mg) and Cohort B (50mg) have been completed and eight subjects (6 received ALS-4 and 2 received placebo) were dosed in each cohort. We are pleased to announce that no human subjects were dropped out of the studies and there were no Serious Adverse Events (SAE) observed. In addition, no relevant clinical changes in respect of vital signs, ECG, clinical laboratory test results and physical examinations were observed compared to the relevant baseline. On this basis, the remaining ALS-4 Phase I study will continue to progress and as of this date, Cohort C (100mg) studies have been initiated.

SACT-1, a repurposed drug candidate for the treatment of neuroblastoma, has completed its Pre-IND meeting with the US FDA. With the guidance provided by the US FDA, SACT-1 is on track to open an IND to commence clinical studies in quarter 3 of 2021.

About ALS-4

As part of Aptorum Group’s Acticule infectious disease platform, ALS-4 is a novel first-in-class orally administered small molecule drug based on an anti-virulence approach targeting staphylococcus aureus including MRSA. ALS-4 targets the antimicrobial resistant properties of the bacteria and is believed to render the bacteria highly susceptible to the host’s immune clearance. ALS-4 is targeted for potential administration on a standalone or on a combination basis with other existing antibiotics such as vancomycin.

About SACT-1

As part of Aptorum Group’s SMART-ACT® platform, SACT-1 was discovered from our SMART-ACT® platform focused on orphan and unmet diseases. SACT-1 is a repurposed small molecule drug targeted for the treatment of neuroblastoma especially in combination with standard of care based chemotherapies. Our internal in vitro studies demonstrated that SACT-1’s mechanism has enhanced DNA damage and tumor cell death.

About Aptorum Group

Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM, Euronext Paris: APM) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercializing of therapeutic assets to treat diseases with unmet medical needs, particularly in oncology (including orphan oncology indications) and infectious diseases. The pipeline of Aptorum is also enriched through (i) the establishment of drug discovery platforms that enable the discovery of new therapeutics assets through, e.g. systematic screening of existing approved drug molecules, and microbiome-based research platform for treatments of metabolic diseases; and (ii) the co-development of a novel molecular-based rapid pathogen identification and detection diagnostics technology with Accelerate Technologies Pte Ltd, commercialization arm of the Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

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