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Bellerophon to Present Additional Data from Cohort 1 of Ongoing Phase 2/3 Study of INOpulse® for Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Interstitial Lung Disease at American Thoracic Society 115th International Conference

Results to be Presented in Late-Breaking Abstract as an Oral Presentation

Company will Also Present a Corporate Overview and Update on its PH-ILD Program at Respiratory Innovation Summit

WARREN, N.J., May 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) (“Bellerophon” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company, today announced that it would present a late-breaking abstract with additional data from Cohort 1 of its ongoing Phase 2/3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study (iNO-PF) of INOpulse® for the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension associated with Interstitial Lung Disease (PH-ILD) as an oral presentation at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 115thInternational Conference on Monday, May 20, 2019.  The Company will also provide a corporate overview and an update on its PH-ILD development program during the What’s Emerging in IPF/ILD session at the Respiratory Innovation Summit (RIS) on Friday, May 17.  Both conferences are being held in Dallas.

In January 2019, Bellerophon announced positive results from Cohort 1 of its ongoing iNO-PF trial.  Cohort 1 included 41 subjects randomized 1:1 to either iNO 30 (30 mcg/kg IBW/hr) or placebo, for a period of 8 weeks of blinded treatment.  Subjects on iNO demonstrated improvements in key parameters, including statistically significant improvements in physical activity, as measured by an autonomous wearable activity monitor (actigraphy):

  • Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) (Minutes of MVPA, such as walking, stairs, yardwork, etc.) improved by 34% (8% increase on iNO vs. 26% decrease on placebo; p=0.04).
  • Overall activity improved by 12% (0% change on iNO vs. 12% decrease on placebo; p=0.05).
  • NT-ProBNP improved by 27% (15% increase on iNO vs. 42% increase on placebo).  NT-ProBNP is a peptide marker of right ventricular failure, with higher levels indicative of disease worsening.
  • Oxygen saturation improved by 20% (9% improvement on iNO vs. 11% deterioration on placebo).

Based on these results, Bellerophon reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of MVPA as the primary endpoint in the pivotal Phase 3 study.  In addition, the FDA agreed with the Company’s proposal that the ongoing Phase 2b study be amended to a seamless Phase 2/3 trial, allowing Bellerophon to continue directly into the final third cohort required for approval. 

Bellerophon is actively recruiting patients in Cohort 2 of its INO-PF trial, which will assess a higher dose (iNO45), as well as a longer duration of treatment to 16 weeks.  The Company continues to see strong recruitment activity and support from clinical sites, and top-line data from Cohort 2 are anticipated in the second half of 2019. Bellerophon also expects to initiate Cohort 3 in the second half of 2019.

Details of the presentations are as follows:

Presentation Title: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of Pulsed, Inhaled Nitric Oxide (iNO) at a Dose of 30mcg/kg-1BW/hr (iNO 30) in Subjects at Risk of Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PH-PF) on Long Term Oxygen Therapy
Presenter: Steven D. Nathan, M.D., F.C.C.P., Inova Fairfax Hospital
Session Title: B14 – Late Breaking Clinical Trials
Date/Time: Monday, May 20, 2019, at 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM Eastern Time
Session Title: What’s Emerging in IPF/ILD
Presenter: Fabian Tenenbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Bellerophon Therapeutics
Date/Time: Friday, May 17, 2019, at 4:45 PM – 5:53 PM Eastern Time

About Bellerophon

Bellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Company is currently developing multiple product candidates under its INOpulse program, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery system.  For more information, please visit

Forward-looking Statements
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At Bellerophon: 
Fabian Tenenbaum, Chief Executive Officer
(908) 574-4767   

At LifeSci Advisors:

Brian Ritchie
(212) 915-2578

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Source: Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc.