R-tech Ueno, Ltd. Completes Phase 1 Clinical Study On Rk-023

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R-Tech Ueno, Ltd. Completes Phase 1 Clinical Study on RK-023

TOKYO, July 21 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --


    R-Tech Ueno, Ltd. announced on July 17 that as a phase 1 clinical study on the new compound RK-023 that is

being developed by our company as a therapeutic drug of androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness; see the

note below) has been completed.

    The phase 1 clinical study of RK-023 consisted of a patch test (open, closed, photo-patch test), single-dose

study and 5-day repeated-dose study. Since no serious adverse event occurred in each test, RK-023 seems to

hardly cause any safety problem in the human body. 

    As the first step, patch tests were conducted to obtain data on skin irritation. Using RK-023 preparation and a

placebo, the tests were conducted on 20 healthy adult males by the following 3 methods and the results were


(1) Open patch test: Open patch dressing to the forearm skin for 48 hours

(2) Closed patch test: Closed patch dressing to the back skin for 48 hours

(3) Photo-patch test: Closed patch dressing to the back skin for 24 hours, 

    followed by UVA irradiation

    No adverse event occurred and the resulting irritation was negligible in each test.

    As the next step, single and 5-day repeated applications of RK-023 preparation to the scalp were conducted by a

randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind method to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of the drug. In

the single-dose study, 2 ml of RK-023 preparation was applied to the vertex region of 6 out of 9 healthy adult males

and a placebo to that of the remaining 3 subjects. The applied drug was spread widely covering the vertex region in

order to investigate the safety in the entire body and scalp. No serious adverse event occurred. After application of

the drug, blood and urine were collected in the lapse of time to determine drug concentrations. However, the drug

concentration was below the quantification limit at any of the prescribed time points. In the 5-day repeated-dose

study, in the morning and at night 2 ml of RK-023 preparation or 2 ml of placebo was applied to 6 and 2 out of 8

healthy adult males respectively. No serious adverse event was observed during the total 9 times of application up

to the morning of day 5. When the drug concentration in the blood was measured, the level was below the

quantification limit as in the case of the single-dose study.

    As described above, percutaneous absorption of the drug was not high even after continuous application in the

morning and at night for 5 days, suggesting hardly any safety problem.

    Yukihiko Mashima, Representative Director and President of R-Tech Ueno, commented as follows. "We are

pleased to announce the successful completion of a phase 1 clinical study on our self-developed RK-023 that

focuses on the dermatology field. We intend to start a phase 2 clinical study in Japan as scheduled and at the

same time proceed with full-scale negotiations for partnership at home and abroad."

    Having obtained the results of the above-mentioned phase 1 clinical study, we plan to promptly conduct a phase

2 clinical study and accelerate our efforts to develop a drug that will become useful for the patients with

androgenetic alopecia as soon as possible.

    Note: Androgenetic alopecia: 

    Due to the influence of male hormones during and after puberty, thick and long hair does not regenerate but is

replaced with thin and short soft hair, and consequently the hair follicles become atrophied, reducing the quantity of

hair, localized from the parietal to the frontal region.

    *About R-Tech Ueno, Ltd. 

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    R-Tech Ueno was established in September 1989 for the purpose of marketing and R&D of drugs. Led by Dr.

Yukihiko Mashima, Representative Director and President of R-Tech Ueno, this pharmaceutical venture enterprise

has been engaged in the development of new drugs under the theme of "Physician-Oriented New Drug Innovation"

and has targeted at ophthalmologic and dermatological diseases against which effective drugs are hard to come


The company's main product, Rescula(R) eyedrop 0.12%, is a therapeutic drug for glaucoma and ocular

hypertension and has been marketed in Japan since 1994. R-Tech Ueno was the first in the world to take

advantage of the substance "prostone" in the development of Rescula(R) eyedrop 0.12%. Prostone was discovered

in 1980's by Dr. Ryuji Ueno, the founder of the company.

Rescula(R) eyedrop 0.12% that causes less topical and systemic adverse reactions demonstrates steady ocular

pressure-decreasing action by twice-a-day instillation. Such excellent therapeutic effects are realized through its

optic nerve protection and ocular blood flow-increasing mechanism.

Concerning Rescula(R) (isopropyl unoprostone) for the treatment of glaucoma and ocular hypertension, R-Tech

Ueno concluded a contract with Sucampo Pharma Americas, Inc. in April 2009 for the approval and assignment of

distributorship, as well as for licensing the relevant patents and granting exclusive rights to manufacture and supply

in USA and Canada.

  SOURCE:  R-Tech Ueno, Ltd.

CONTACT:  Koji Nakamura

           IR Department,

           Business Management Department,

           R-Tech Ueno, Ltd.

           Phone: +81-3-3596-8011

           e-mail: koji.nakamura@rtueno.co.jp

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