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Arena Pharmaceuticals Presents Preclinical and Early Clinical Development Data for Olorinab at Crohn's & Colitis Congress

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARNA) will present preclinical and early clinical development data from its investigative drug candidate olorinab, a peripherally restricted, highly selective, full agonist of the cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) in development for the treatment of visceral pain associated with gastrointestinal diseases, at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress® in Las Vegas, NV.

Presentation Details:
Title: Olorinab, a Peripherally Restricted, Highly Selective Agonist of the Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 for the Management of Visceral Pain in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)—Preclinical and Early Clinical Development
Poster Presentation Dates: Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:15PM PST and Friday, Feb. 8, 3:50PM PST

About Olorinab
Olorinab (APD371) is an oral, peripherally restricted, highly selective, full agonist of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) in development for the treatment of visceral pain associated with gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, including Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Evidence that CB2 are expressed in multiple cell types of the GI tract, and modulate intestinal inflammation and visceral hypersensitivity, make CB2 an attractive target for the treatment of abdominal pain in GI disorders.

Olorinab is an investigational compound that is not approved for any use in any country.

About Arena Pharmaceuticals
Arena Pharmaceuticals is driven to deliver novel, transformational medicines with optimized pharmacology and pharmacokinetics to patients globally. Arena's proprietary pipeline includes multiple potentially first- or best-in-class assets with broad clinical utility. Etrasimod (APD334), with potential utility in a broad range of immune and inflammatory conditions, is being evaluated in later-stage clinical programs in ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease, as well as in programs for other indications such as atopic dermatitis. Arena is also evaluating olorinab (APD371) in a Phase 2 program for gastrointestinal pain. Arena continues to assess other earlier research and development stage drug candidates, including APD418 for decompensated heart failure. Arena's licensee, United Therapeutics, is evaluating ralinepag (APD811) in a Phase 3 program for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Arena has additional license agreements and partnerships, including with Everest Medicines Limited (etrasimod in Greater China and select Asian countries), Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH (undisclosed target – preclinical), Outpost Medicine, LLC (undisclosed target – preclinical), and Eisai Co., Ltd. and Eisai Inc. (BELVIQ® – marketed product).

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements may be accompanied by words such as "will," "in development for," "driven to," "potentially," "potential," or words of similar meaning, or they may be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements about the following: the opportunity, development and potential of olorinab and Arena's other investigational drug candidates, including to be first- or best-in-class, have broad clinical utility, or have utility in a broad range of immune and inflammatory conditions; Arena's drive; and the potential of Arena's assets, programs, licenses, and collaborations. For such statements, Arena claims the protection of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual events or results may differ materially from Arena's expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include: the timing and outcome of research, development and regulatory review is uncertain; results of clinical trials and other studies are subject to different interpretations and may not be predictive of future results; nonclinical and clinical data are voluminous and detailed, and regulatory agencies may interpret or weigh the importance of data differently and reach different conclusions than Arena or others, request additional information, have additional recommendations or change their guidance or requirements before or after approval; we expect to need additional funds to advance all of our programs, and you and others may not agree with the manner we allocate our resources; clinical trials and other studies may not proceed at the time or in the manner expected or at all; enrolling patients in our ongoing and intended clinical trials is competitive and challenging; our drug candidates may not advance in development or be approved for marketing; unexpected or unfavorable new data; risks related to developing and commercializing drugs; risks related to relying on partners and other third parties; Arena's and third parties' intellectual property rights; and satisfactory resolution of litigation or other disagreements with others. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by Arena's forward-looking statements are disclosed in Arena's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including but not limited to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, which was filed with the SEC on November 8, 2018. These forward-looking statements represent Arena's judgment as of the time of this release. Arena disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements, other than as may be required under applicable law.

Corporate Contact:                                      
Kevin R. Lind
Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer                                  

Media Contact:
Matt Middleman, MD
LifeSci Public Relations 

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