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Tarsier Pharma Raises Capital to Execute Phase-3 Clinical Trial

Tarsier Pharma | August 28, 2021

Tarsier Pharma, a late clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat patients with blinding ocular diseases, today announced it raised capital to execute a phase-3 clinical trial of its TRS01 program in the US and Europe. Strategic and new investors alongside existing investors participated in this transaction.

Following a successful End of Phase II meeting with the FDA, the Company obtained all necessary regulatory approvals to execute phase 3 and has recruited leading uveitis experts as principal investigators. Tarsier plans to enroll the first patient in Q4 of 2021.

Tarsier's technology, TRS, is a novel immunomodulator molecule that showed, in a dose-ranging, randomized, double-masked phase I\II trial in the target indication, a prompt and statistically significant improvement in signs and symptoms of uveitis.

"We are excited to have the support of our existing and new investors, as we continue our clinical development of TRS01 in advanced stages," said Dr. Haim Langford, CEO of Tarsier. "Looking ahead, we are eager to bring our lead product to market and simultaneously progress our development of important pipeline projects for other back-of -the-eye blinding diseases, and plan to raise additional capital to realize these as well."

About Tarsier Pharma
Tarsier Pharma is a late clinical stage pharmaceutical company, phase-3 ready, focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of first-in-class pharmaceutical therapies to treat ocular blinding diseases. TRS is a breakthrough proprietary technology platform, based on a new bio-inspired chemical entity, with novel mechanism of action and demonstrated safety and efficacy in a rare debilitating and blinding indication.

Lead product candidate for uveitic glaucoma
Non-infectious uveitis is an autoimmune blinding ocular inflammation, considered the third leading cause of blindness in the developed world. Tarsier's TRS01 is a potent fast-acting immunomodulator, delivered as eye drops, for the treatment of non-infectious anterior uveitis in patients with uveitic glaucoma – considered an end-stage condition of uveitis. Once a uveitis patient has also developed glaucoma (uveitic glaucoma), the only available treatments for active inflammation, which are steroids, should be avoided, due to their negative side effects in expediting glaucoma and vision loss. Thus, TRS01 has the potential to become the standard of care for uveitic glaucoma.

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Fusion | October 23, 2021

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We look forward to initiating the Phase 1 study around the end of this year." Chief Executive Officer John Valliant, Ph.D Data from preclinical studies of FPI-1966, a TAT designed to target and deliver actinium-225 to cancer cells expressing FGFR3, were presented in an oral presentation titled, "FGFR3 Targeted Alpha Therapeutic [225Ac]-FPI-1966 induces regression in preclinical bladder xenograft model". Outcomes demonstrated that FPI-1966 when administered with vofatamab results in high tumor delivery and low off-target uptake. Further, the data showed therapeutic efficacy of FPI-1966 at both single and multiple doses in a preclinical bladder cancer xenograft model. Data from preclinical studies of FPI-2059, a TAT designed to target and deliver actinium-225 to cancer cells expressing neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1), were presented in an oral presentation titled "NTSR1 Targeted Alpha Therapeutic [225Ac]-FPI-2059 induces regression in preclinical colorectal xenograft model". The study results include a head-to-head comparison of therapeutic efficacy obtained from FPI-2059, which delivers an alpha emitting isotope, with [177Lu]-IPN-1087, which delivers a beta emitting isotope on the same targeting molecule. Results demonstrate superior efficacy with [225Ac]-FPI-2059 in a mouse xenograft model of colorectal cancer. Dr. Valliant continued, "Our science is based on the belief that alpha-emitting isotopes can provide significant therapeutic advantages compared to other commonly used radioisotopes. Preclinical results from our FPI-2059 product candidate provide further validation of this belief and support the diversification of our product portfolio to comprise multiple targeting vehicle types, including small molecules. We are pleased to be advancing further preclinical studies of FPI-2059 as we approach an investigational new drug (IND) filing in the first half of 2022." About FPI-1966 [225Ac]-FPI-1966 is a targeted alpha therapy designed to target and deliver an alpha emitting medical isotope, actinium-225, to cancer cells expressing FGFR3; a receptor that is overexpressed on several tumor types, including head and neck and bladder cancers. FPI-1966 utilizes Fusion's Fast-Clear™ linker to connect vofatamab, the human monoclonal antibody that targets FGFR3, with actinium-225. Vofatamab was previously evaluated as a therapeutic agent in a Phase 1b/2 trial and was reportedly well-tolerated. FPI-1966 is advancing to a Phase 1 study following the recent investigational new drug (IND) clearance About FPI-2059 FPI-2059 is a targeted alpha therapy combining actinium-225 with IPN-1087, for development as a targeted alpha therapy for various solid tumors. The molecule targets NTSR1, a promising target for cancer treatment, that is overexpressed in multiple solid tumors. IPN-1087 was in Phase 1 clinical development as a lutetium-177-based radiopharmaceutical for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, colorectal cancer and gastric cancers expressing NTSR1. Fusion expects to submit an IND for FPI-2059 in the first half of 2022. About Fusion Fusion Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage oncology company focused on developing next-generation radiopharmaceuticals as precision medicines. Employing a proprietary Fast-Clear™ linker technology, Fusion connects alpha particle emitting isotopes to various targeting molecules in order to selectively deliver the alpha emitting payloads to tumors. Fusion's lead program, FPI-1434 targeting insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor, is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial. The pipeline includes FPI-1966, targeting the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3), advancing to a Phase 1 study following the recent investigational new drug (IND) clearance; and FPI-2059, a small molecule targeting neurotensin receptor 1 (NTSR1). 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Forward Looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including but not limited to the statements regarding Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s (the "Company") future business and financial performance. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "expect," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "will," and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements, as are expressed or implied statements with respect to the uncertainties inherent in the drug development process, including FPI-1966 and FPI-2059 early stage of development; the ability to move in-licensed targets forward in the clinic; the process of designing and conducting preclinical and clinical trials; the regulatory approval processes; the timing of regulatory filings; and the challenges associated with manufacturing drug products generally and radiopharmaceuticals specifically. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. 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