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Virios Therapeutics Regains Compliance with Nasdaq Minimum Bid Price Requirement

Globe Newswire 25-May-2023 4:05 PM

ATLANTA, May 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Virios Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIRI) (the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market.

Below are some recent key developments in the business, including the Company regaining compliance with the minimum bid price requirement.

Key Highlights

  • On May 24th, 2023, the Company received a letter from The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC ("Nasdaq") stating that because Virios Therapeutic's ("VIRI") shares had a closing bid price at or above $1.00 per share for 10 consecutive business days, VIRI stock had regained compliance with the minimum bid price requirement of $1.00 per share for continued listing on The Nasdaq Capital Market, as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5550(a)(2), and the matter is now closed.
  • The Company proposed a Phase 3 program for lead development candidate IMC-1 to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration ("FDA") as treatment for fibromyalgia consisting of four primary components: two adequate and well-controlled clinical studies, one of which would be a full factorial design with each of the individual components of IMC-1 (famciclovir and celecoxib) as separate comparator arms, a long-term safety trial, and a pharmacokinetic/food effect study.
  • The Company submitted final toxicology reports as per FDA's request as part of their overall review of the Phase 3 proposal.
  • An updated IMC-1 Phase 3 program proposal, responsive to FDA guidance, will also be provided once FDA completes its review of the chronic toxicology reports.

About Virios Therapeutics

Virios Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VIRI) is a development-stage biotechnology company focused on advancing novel antiviral therapies to treat debilitating chronic diseases, such asĀ fibromyalgia ("FM"). Immune responses related to the activation of tissue resident herpes have been postulated as a potential root cause triggering and/or sustaining chronic illnesses such as FM, irritable bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and other functional somatic syndromes, all of which are characterized by waxing and waning symptoms with no obvious etiology. Our lead development candidate ("IMC-1") is a novel, proprietary, fixed dose combination of famciclovir and celecoxib designed to synergistically suppress herpes virus replication, with the end goal of reducing virally promoted disease symptoms. IMC-1 has been granted fast track designation by the FDA.

The Company is pursuing a second development candidate, a combination of valacyclovir and celecoxib, as a potential treatment for managing the fatigue, sleep, attention, pain, autonomic function, and anxiety associated with Long-COVID, otherwise known as Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC). The Company has provided the Bateman Horne Center ("BHC") with an unrestricted investigational grant to conduct this open-label study. BHC is a non-profit, interdisciplinary Center of Excellence advancing the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue disorders, FM, post-viral syndromes, and related comorbidities.

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