Zealand Pharma Presents Data at 2021 ESPEN Virtual Congress Demonstrating Dose-dependent Effects of Glepaglutide in Both Small and Large Intestines of Animal Models – in Contrast to Short-acting GLP-2

Thursday, 09. September 2021 13:00

Company announcement – No. 59/ 2021

Zealand Pharma Presents Data at 2021 ESPEN Virtual Congress Demonstrating Dose-dependent Effects of Glepaglutide in Both Small and Large Intestines of Animal Models – in Contrast to Short-acting GLP-2

  • Presentations at the 2021 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Virtual Congress include a Poster of Distinction comparing glepaglutide to short-acting GLP-2
  • Two additional glepaglutide posters detail PK and PD profiles following once weekly dosing in healthy subjects and subjects with varying degrees of renal function

Copenhagen, DK and Boston, MA, U.S. September 9, 2021Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ZEAL) (CVR-no. 20045078,) a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative peptide-based medicines, today announced it will present four posters at the 2021 European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Virtual Congress, which is being held September 9-14, 2021. The Company’s research presented at ESPEN 2021 will feature multiple posters, including one Poster of Distinction, related to glepaglutide for the treatment of short bowel syndrome (SBS).

“We are excited about the clinical progress of glepaglutide, currently in Phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of SBS, and we are proud to present new research on the program at ESPEN 2021,” said Adam Steensberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Zealand Pharma. “SBS is a debilitating condition where parenteral support is often needed for patient survival. The data presented at ESPEN demonstrate the attractive profile of glepaglutide following once-weekly dosing in humans and the dose-dependent effects on both small and large intestines in animals, underscoring its differentiation as a potential treatment option for SBS.”

Poster Title: Acute intestinotrophic effects of short and long-acting GLP-2 analogues in rat
Author: J. Skarbaliene and M. Berner-Hansen
Poster Viewing Reception Date and Time: September 9-14, 2021
Abstract Number: PD-26


Poster Title: Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of long-acting GLP-2 analogue glepaglutide after once-weekly dosing in adult healthy subjects
Author: K. Sonne, K. Mark Knudsen, J. Mosolff Mathiesen, M. Berner-Hansen, G. Koefoed Rasmussen
Poster Viewing Reception Date and Time: September 9-14, 2021
Abstract Number: P239


Poster Title: Glepaglutide pharmacokinetic profile after single subcutaneous injection in human subjects with varying degrees of renal function
Author: M. Askjær Agersnap, K. Sonne, K. Mark Knudsen, S. Wladyslaw
Poster Viewing Reception Date and Time: September 9-14, 2021
Abstract Number: P234


Poster Title: Geographic Evolution of Pediatric Intestinal Failure (pIF) Management in the United States (US)
Author: D. Mercer, K. Iyer, D. Pfeffer, L. Brøsted Zimmerman, M. Berner-Hansern, M. Mundi, D.L. Seidner
Poster Viewing Reception Date and Time: September 9-14, 2021
Abstract Number: P099


About Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS)
SBS is a complex chronic and severe condition associated with reduced or complete loss of intestinal function. Many patients have to be connected to infusion lines and pumps every day, which pose significant restrictions on their ability to engage in daily activities. In addition, they are at risk of experiencing a number of serious and life-threatening complications such as sepsis, blood clots, liver damage and renal impairment.

About Glepaglutide
Glepaglutide is a long-acting GLP-2 analog in development for the treatment of short bowel syndrome (SBS). Glepaglutide is being developed as a ready-to-use liquid product in an autoinjector designed for convenient and easy subcutaneous administration. Zealand initiated the Phase 3 clinical program for Glepaglutide in October 2018. The pivotal trial Phase 3 trial, EASE-SBS 1 is a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study, with both once- and twice-weekly dosing regimens. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for glepaglutide for the treatment of SBS.

About Zealand Pharma A/S 

Zealand Pharma A/S (Nasdaq: ZEAL) ("Zealand") is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of peptide-based medicines. More than 10 drug candidates invented by Zealand have advanced into clinical development, of which two have reached the market and three candidates are in late-stage development. Zealand markets V-Go®, a basal-bolus insulin delivery option for people with diabetes, and Zegalogue®, (dasiglucagon), the first and only glucagon analogue for the treatment severe hypoglycemia in pediatric and adult patients with diabetes aged 6 and above. To support these two marketed products Zealand built a dedicated sales force in the United States and has established itself as a fully integrated biotechnology company. In addition, license collaborations with Boehringer Ingelheim and AstraZeneca create opportunities for more patients to potentially benefit from Zealand-invented peptide investigational agents currently in development.

Zealand was founded in 1998 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has presence throughout the U.S. that includes key locations in Boston, and Marlborough (MA). For more information about Zealand’s business and activities, please visit http://www.zealandpharma.com.

Forward-Looking Statement
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For further information, please contact:

Zealand Pharma Investor Relations
Claudia Styslinger
Argot Partners
investors@zealandpharma.com 



Zealand Pharma Media Relations 
David Rosen
Argot Partners
media@zealandpharma.com 








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