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Pliant Therapeutics Announces Positive DSMB Safety Review and Commencement of Enrollment of Phase 2a Trial of PLN-74809 at 320 mg Dose in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Recent independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) review recommended the INTEGRIS-IPF Phase 2a trial continue without modification and proceed to evaluate dosing at 320mg

Trial initiation follows the FDA authorization of evaluation of long-term dosing of PLN-74809 at doses up to 320 mg in IPF patients

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pliant Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLRX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel therapies for the treatment of fibrosis, today announced that, following a positive independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) safety review, enrollment has commenced in a Phase 2a trial of PLN-74809 at 320 mg dosed once daily for at least six months in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). PLN-74809, is an oral, small molecule, dual-selective inhibitor of αvβ6 and αvβ1 being developed for the treatment of IPF and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). PLN-74809 has been administered to over 450 study participants, including healthy volunteers and patients, with no drug-related serious adverse events or drug-related severe adverse advents reported to date.

“We are pleased that the favorable safety and tolerability profile seen with PLN-74809 to date supports the advancement of our Phase 2a program to evaluate a higher dose at a longer treatment duration,” said Bernard Coulie M.D. Ph.D., President and CEO of Pliant. “It is noteworthy that our sub-chronic and chronic GLP toxicology studies have revealed no on-target or off-target safety concerns across all doses tested. Moreover, throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials, PLN-74809 has been well tolerated with no drug-related safety concerns identified to date.”

About the Phase 2a Trial

This Phase 2a trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating PLN-74809 at 320 mg administered daily over at least six months, and up to 48 weeks, in approximately 28 patients with IPF. The primary endpoint is the evaluation of PLN-74809 safety and tolerability and the secondary endpoint is the assessment of pharmacokinetics. Exploratory endpoints will measure change in forced vital capacity (FVC), HRCT-based Quantitative Lung Fibrosis score (QLF), and selected biomarkers over 6 months of treatment.

This trial is leveraging the same sites and protocol as the INTEGRIS-IPF Phase 2a trial, which recently competed enrollment at doses of 40 mg, 80 mg and 160 mg. Topline data from the INTEGRIS-IPF trial is expected to be released in mid-2022.

DSMB Recommends Continuation of INTEGRIS-IPF Phase 2a Trial Without Modifications

Following the full enrollment of the INTEGRIS-IPF Phase 2a trial, a February 17, 2022 meeting of the PLN-74809 independent DSMB, recommended that the INTEGRIS-IPF trial continue without modification. This review included all patients enrolled in all dose cohorts of the trial and allowed commencement of enrollment of the Phase 2a 320 mg trial. To date, no safety concerns have been identified by the DSMB.

About Pliant Therapeutics, Inc.

Pliant Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel therapies for the treatment of fibrosis. Pliant's lead product candidate, PLN-74809, is an oral small molecule dual selective inhibitor of αvßand αvßintegrins that is in development in the lead indications for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, and primary sclerosing cholangitis, or PSC. PLN-74809 has received Orphan Drug Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for both IPF and PSC. Pliant is currently conducting Phase 2a trials of PLN-74809 in the lead indications of IPF and PSC. Pliant has also developed PLN-1474, a small molecule selective inhibitor of αvßfor the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH with liver fibrosis, which Pliant has transferred to Novartis pursuant to our development partnership. In addition to clinical stage programs, Pliant currently has two preclinical programs targeting oncology and muscular dystrophies. For additional information about Pliant Therapeutics, visit www.pliantrx.com and follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebook and YouTube.

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Investor and Media Contact:

Christopher Keenan
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
Pliant Therapeutics, Inc.