Evoke Pharma Selects SynteractHCR as Contract Research Organization for Phase 3 Trial of EVK-001 for Gastroparesis

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SAN DIEGO, Nov. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evoke Pharma, Inc. (EVOK), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on treatments for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, today announced the selection of SynteractHCR, Inc. to serve as its primary contract research organization ("CRO") for its upcoming Phase 3 clinical trial of EVK-001. EVK-001 is a novel metoclopramide nasal spray for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in women with diabetes mellitus. Selection of SynteractHCR follows the successful completion of Evoke's 287 patient, multi-center Phase 2b clinical trial of EVK-001, for which SynteractHCR was the primary CRO.

Evoke is currently engaged in the Phase 3 site selection process, and is targeting approximately 60 sites in the United States, including experienced gastroparesis sites from the Phase 2b trial of EVK-001. The Phase 3 enrollment target is 200 completed patients and enrollment is expected to begin in the first half of 2014.

"We are pleased to be working with SynteractHCR on the Phase 3 trial of EVK-001 having previously worked together successfully to complete our Phase 2b trial in patients with diabetic gastroparesis. As we prepare to commence this important initiative, we believe the selection of the same CRO and the planned inclusion of many of the same Phase 2b study sites will maximize the use of our knowledge base to expedite initiation and completion of Phase3," said Dave Gonyer, R.Ph., President and CEO of Evoke Pharma. "We remain encouraged by EVK-001's clinical potential as we prepare to enter Phase 3, and are excited by its longer-term commercial prospects. We look forward to sharing additional milestones and strategic developments as we move toward launch of our Phase 3 study."

About Evoke Pharma, Inc.

Evoke Pharma is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat GI disorders and diseases. The Company is developing EVK-001, a metoclopramide nasal spray for the relief of symptoms associated with acute and recurrent diabetic gastroparesis in women with diabetes mellitus. Diabetic gastroparesis is a GI disorder afflicting millions of sufferers worldwide, in which the stomach takes too long to empty its contents resulting in serious digestive system symptoms. Metoclopramide is the only product currently approved in the United States to treat gastroparesis, and is currently available only in oral and intravenous forms. EVK-001 is a novel formulation of this drug, designed to provide systemic delivery of metoclopramide through intranasal administration.

About SynteractHCR

SynteractHCR is a full-service contract research organization with a successful two-decade track record supporting biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies in all phases of clinical development. With its "Shared Work -- Shared Vision" philosophy SynteractHCR provides customized Phase I through IV services collaboratively and cost effectively ensuring on-time delivery of quality data so clients get to decision points faster. Operating in 16 countries, SynteractHCR delivers trials internationally, offering expertise across multiple therapeutic areas.

Safe Harbor Statement

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