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MediciNova Receives a Notice of Decision to Grant for a New Patent Covering MN-166 (ibudilast) for the Treatment of Progressive MS in Europe

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MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNOV) has received a Notice of Decision to Grant from the European Patent Office for a pending patent application covering the combination of MN-166 (ibudilast) and interferon-beta for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis. The patent is expected to expire no earlier than October 2039 and covers a wide range of doses, dosing durations, and frequencies for the combination. The company's Chief Medical Officer believes this new patent could increase the potential value of MN-166, indicating a synergistic effect of the combination in reducing the risk of disability progression.
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  • Notice of Decision to Grant from the European Patent Office for a pending patent application
  • Expected patent expiration no earlier than October 2039
  • Wide range of doses, dosing durations, and frequencies covered in the patent
  • Potential increase in the value of MN-166 with the new patent
  • Synergistic effect of the combination in reducing the risk of disability progression
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LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MediciNova, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company traded on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ:MNOV) and the Standard Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Code Number: 4875), today announced it has received a Notice of Decision to Grant from the European Patent Office for a pending patent application which covers the combination of MN-166 (ibudilast) and interferon-beta for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis (progressive MS).

Once issued, the patent maturing from this allowed patent application is expected to expire no earlier than October 2039. The allowed claims cover a combination of MN-166 (ibudilast) and interferon-beta for use in a method of treating, alleviating the negative effects of, or slowing the progression of progressive multiple sclerosis in patients previously treated with interferon-beta. The allowed claims cover MN-166 (ibudilast) and interferon-beta administered in separate dosage forms, administered in the same dosage form, administered simultaneously, or administered consecutively. The allowed claims specifically cover the treatment of both primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) and secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS). The allowed claims cover a wide range of doses of both MN-166 (ibudilast) and interferon-beta, a wide range of dosing durations for the combination, and a range of different dosing frequencies for interferon-beta.

Kazuko Matsuda, MD, PhD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer of MediciNova, Inc., commented, "We are very pleased to receive notice that this new patent will be granted in Europe and we believe it could increase the potential value of MN-166. Our analysis of the data from our completed Phase 2b trial in progressive MS indicated that there may be a synergistic effect of the combination of MN-166 and interferon-beta which could result in an even lower risk of disability progression compared to the risk reduction for MN-166 alone. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office previously granted a similar patent covering this combination for the treatment of progressive MS."

About MN-166 (ibudilast)

MN-166 (ibudilast) is a small molecule compound that inhibits phosphodiesterase type-4 (PDE4) and inflammatory cytokines, including macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). It is in late-stage clinical development for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), progressive MS (multiple sclerosis), and DCM (degenerative cervical myelopathy); and is also in development for glioblastoma, Long COVID, CIPN (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy), and substance use disorder. In addition, MN-166 (ibudilast) was evaluated in patients that are at risk for developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

About MediciNova

MediciNova, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a broad late-stage pipeline of novel small molecule therapies for inflammatory, fibrotic, and neurodegenerative diseases. Based on two compounds, MN-166 (ibudilast) and MN-001 (tipelukast), with multiple mechanisms of action and strong safety profiles, MediciNova has 11 programs in clinical development. MediciNova’s lead asset, MN-166 (ibudilast), is currently in Phase 3 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) and is Phase 3-ready for progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). MN-166 (ibudilast) is also being evaluated in Phase 2 trials in Long COVID and substance dependence. MN-001 (tipelukast) was evaluated in a Phase 2 trial in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and a second Phase 2 trial in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is ongoing. MediciNova has a strong track record of securing investigator-sponsored clinical trials funded through government grants.

Statements in this press release that are not historical in nature constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding the future development and efficacy of MN-166, MN-001, MN-221, and MN-029. These forward-looking statements may be preceded by, followed by, or otherwise include the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," "projects," "can," "could," "may," "will," "would," "considering," "planning" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, risks of obtaining future partner or grant funding for development of MN-166, MN-001, MN-221, and MN-029 and risks of raising sufficient capital when needed to fund MediciNova's operations and contribution to clinical development, risks and uncertainties inherent in clinical trials, including the potential cost, expected timing and risks associated with clinical trials designed to meet FDA guidance and the viability of further development considering these factors, product development and commercialization risks, the uncertainty of whether the results of clinical trials will be predictive of results in later stages of product development, the risk of delays or failure to obtain or maintain regulatory approval, risks associated with the reliance on third parties to sponsor and fund clinical trials, risks regarding intellectual property rights in product candidates and the ability to defend and enforce such intellectual property rights, the risk of failure of the third parties upon whom MediciNova relies to conduct its clinical trials and manufacture its product candidates to perform as expected, the risk of increased cost and delays due to delays in the commencement, enrollment, completion or analysis of clinical trials or significant issues regarding the adequacy of clinical trial designs or the execution of clinical trials, and the timing of expected filings with the regulatory authorities, MediciNova's collaborations with third parties, the availability of funds to complete product development plans and MediciNova's ability to obtain third party funding for programs and raise sufficient capital when needed, and the other risks and uncertainties described in MediciNova's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and its subsequent periodic reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. MediciNova disclaims any intent or obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements.

INVESTOR CONTACT:

Geoff O'Brien
Vice President
MediciNova, Inc.
info@medicinova.com


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What is the recent announcement from MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNOV)?

MediciNova, Inc. has received a Notice of Decision to Grant from the European Patent Office for a pending patent application covering the combination of MN-166 (ibudilast) and interferon-beta for the treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis.

When is the expected expiration of the patent granted to MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNOV)?

The patent is expected to expire no earlier than October 2039.

What did the Chief Medical Officer of MediciNova, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNOV) comment on the new patent?

The Chief Medical Officer believes that the new patent could increase the potential value of MN-166, indicating a synergistic effect of the combination in reducing the risk of disability progression.

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