Topline data readout from study expected in first half of 2023

CARLSBAD, CA, USA I December 16, 2022 I Palisade Bio, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALI), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing therapies for acute and chronic gastrointestinal (GI) complications, is providing an update on its U.S. Phase 2 study evaluating LB1148 for reduction in intra-abdominal adhesions in subjects following elective bowel resection (PROFILE).

The Company enrolled a total of 35 of the planned 70 patients in its Phase 2 study. Of the patients enrolled, 31 have completed their first surgery, and nine have completed a second surgery, which is an inflection point for data under the current study protocol. Palisade believes that the data collected to date is sufficient for its evaluation purposes, including an evaluation of its risk profile, and for such reason, the Company is voluntarily ceasing enrollment in the trial. Palisade expects to report topline data from the 35 patients in the first half of 2023.

Herbert B. Slade, MD, FAAAAI, Chief Medical Officer of Palisade Bio stated, “We are optimistic about the topline data expected in the first half of 2023 related to the achievement of the primary endpoint of the Phase 2 adhesions study. We remain encouraged by the data demonstrated by LB1148 and are committed to driving its development in a manner that we believe best positions us to provide patient benefit, and ultimately approval.”

The Company is currently designing a dose optimization study for all indications to determine if a different dosing protocol would enhance the risk profile while simultaneously providing efficacy. It is anticipated that this study will generate pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data across multiple doses in patients, with enrollment expected to commence in the first half of 2023.

“Since joining the Company as CMO last month, I have had the opportunity to review the LB1148 data generated to-date and the current clinical development plan. I believe there is a lot of potential for LB1148 to fundamentally transform the way physicians mitigate the risks of acute and chronic GI complications from surgery. I also believe it is critical for us to put our best foot forward in advancing this important program and see a unique opportunity to fine tune the dose and dosing regimen of LB1148. All of this considered, we have decided to move forward with a planned dose optimization study which will guide our future development,” added Dr. Slade.

The Company’s U.S. Phase 2 clinical trial of LB1148 is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter study in patients undergoing elective bowel resection surgery. This trial is designed to evaluate whether patients treated with LB1148 experience reduction in formation of post-surgical intra-abdominal adhesions and accelerate the return of GI function in subjects undergoing elective bowel resection with planned stoma take-down.

“As a company, we are committed to taking a fundamental, strategic approach to drug development. We believe the decision to stop enrollment and analyze the data from the current enrolled subjects will provide valuable insight as we work to further advance our lead program, LB1148,” concluded JD Finley, interim Chief Executive Officer of Palisade Bio.

About Palisade Bio 
Palisade Bio is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutics that protect the integrity of the intestinal barrier. The Company utilizes over three decades of research and established science that links the role of intestinal barrier biology and human disease to develop novel therapeutics that target and improve the integrity of the intestinal barrier.

The Company’s lead program, LB1148, is a broad-spectrum serine protease inhibitor that acts to neutralize digestive enzymes, potentially reducing intestinal damage. In clinical studies, LB1148 has demonstrated positive results in reducing the incidence and severity of post-surgical abdominal adhesions and potentially accelerating the time to return of postoperative bowel function. LB1148 is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2 study to evaluate reduction in intra-abdominal adhesions, return of gastrointestinal function, and prevention of post-operative ileus in subjects undergoing elective bowel resection (PROFILE).

The Company believes that addressing the disruption of the intestinal barrier can fundamentally change the way diseases are treated and establish new standards of patient care. For more information, please go to

SOURCE: Palisade Bio