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Zafgen Reports Second Quarter 2018 Operating and Financial Results

Phase 1 clinical trial for ZGN-1258 for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) expected to begin in the fourth quarter 2018

Multiple ZGN-1258 nonclinical studies accepted for presentation at upcoming Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR) Annual Conference

Initiated 1.8 mg dosing arm in ZGN-1061 Phase 2 clinical trial for type 2 diabetes; results from additional arm expected early 2019

Company to host conference call today at 4:30 PM ET

Boston, Mass., August 7, 2018 – Zafgen, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZFGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company leveraging its proprietary knowledge of MetAP2 systems biology to develop novel therapies for patients affected by a range of metabolic diseases, today reported its second quarter 2018 financial results.

“2018 is an important year of execution on our plan for our novel second-generation MetAP2 pipeline,” said Jeffrey Hatfield, Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve continued to make significant progress this year, highlighted by positive data from the initial part of our Phase 2 clinical trial of ZGN-1061 in patients with type 2 diabetes, launch of the natural history study of PWS, advancement towards clinical testing for ZGN-1258, strengthening of our balance sheet, and key personnel additions. We expect this progress to continue throughout the remainder of 2018 and beyond, with near-term milestones for all of our key pipeline programs.”

Recent Corporate and Program Highlights

ZGN-1258

 

   

Zafgen progressed investigational new drug (IND) enabling studies for ZGN-1258, with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) as an initial indication. An IND allowance and initiation of a Phase 1 clinical trial for ZGN-1258 are anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2018.

 

   

Zafgen and the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR), a nonprofit organization founded to eliminate the challenges of PWS through the advancement of research and therapeutic development, launched a co-sponsored four-year natural history study, named PATH for PWS (Paving the way for Advances in Treatments & Health for PWS), to advance understanding of the medical history of and medical events in people with PWS. PATH for PWS is a non-interventional, observational study to evaluate occurrences of serious medical events in PWS, intended to inform development and clinical trial design for potential new treatments for PWS, including ZGN-1258, Zafgen’s new, second-generation program for PWS designed to decrease hyperphagia, change the way the body metabolizes fat, and reduce fat mass.


The following information was filed by Zafgen, Inc. (ZFGN) on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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