Chair’s Investor Update

Thursday July 28, 2022

Destiny Pharma plc

(“Destiny Pharma” or “the Company”)

Chair’s Investor Update

Brighton, United Kingdom – 28 July 2022 – Destiny Pharma plc (AIM: DEST), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel products to prevent life-threatening infections, today announces an Investor Update from its Chair, Nick Rodgers.

“I am delighted with the progress we are making despite a difficult stock market, particularly in the life sciences sector, and the challenging economic background. At the fundraising in March, we undertook to complete two key tasks in 2022 – clarification of the XF-73 Nasal Phase 3 trial plan to prevent post-surgical Staphylococcus aureus infections with the US FDA and a partnering deal for our NTCD-M3 Clostridioides difficile Infections (CDI) prevention therapy. We have progressed both tasks and look forward to further successes during the remainder of this year.

XF-73 Nasal and NTCD-M3

Clarification has been received from the FDA on our XF-73 Nasal Phase 3 clinical trial plans. The details of this encouraging feedback were recently announced on 19th July. Additionally, we continue to progress partnering discussions on NTCD-M3 with the aim of announcing a deal before year end.

All the clinical data and competitor analyses we have reviewed and the market research we have undertaken gives us great confidence that both XF-73 and NTCD-M3, when approved by regulators, will deliver significant patient benefits and clear cost savings to hospitals and payers by reducing the incidence and expense of treating these life-threatening infections. Moreover, both have reported excellent Phase 2 clinical and safety data and show robust commercial models with the potential to generate over one US$ billion in peak sales.

I am particularly pleased that, within two years, we have been able to advance NTCD-M3 from its acquisition in November 2020 and develop the package through our expert regulatory, clinical and manufacturing efforts and are now close to delivering a partnering deal.  This is in line with the Company’s stated strategy of seeking partners to help co-fund the required Phase 3 development of our lead assets and lead the commercialization.

Other activity

While our focus remains on our two Phase 3 products we have sought to advance other aspects of our pipeline. Recently, we secured funding from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and also started a new research project targeted at Oral Mucositis. Our China partner, China Medical Systems, is carrying out pre-clinical work on their own XF-73 Dermal programme and SPOR-COV, our collaboration with SporeGen to develop a novel nasal spray to prevent viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19 and influenza, is in an exciting stage having almost completed the grant funded work.

I am extremely positive on the future of Destiny Pharma and I believe that our products can have a major impact in reducing infections worldwide and reduce healthcare costs. Our commitment to infection prevention is more relevant than ever and we have a very large opportunity to create significant value for our stakeholders including patients, healthcare systems and payers.”

Nick Rodgers


For further information please contact:

Destiny Pharma plc
Neil Clark, CEO
Shaun Claydon, CFO
+44 (0)1273 704 440

Optimum Strategic Communications 
Mary Clark / Manel Mateus / Eleanor Cooper
+44 (0) 203 922 0891

finnCap Ltd (Nominated Advisor and Broker)
Geoff Nash / Kate Bannatyne / George Dollemore, Corporate Finance
Alice Lane / Nigel Birks / Harriet Ward, ECM
+44 (0) 207 220 0500

 MC Services AG
Anne Hennecke / Andreas Burckhardt

About Destiny Pharma

Destiny Pharma is a clinical stage, innovative biotechnology company focused on the development of novel medicines that can prevent life-threatening infections. Its pipeline has novel microbiome-based biotherapeutics and XF drug clinical assets including NTCD-M3, a Phase 3 ready treatment for the prevention of C. difficile infection (CDI) recurrence which is the leading cause of hospital acquired infection in the US and also XF-73 nasal gel, which has recently completed a positive Phase 2b clinical trial targeting the prevention of post-surgical staphylococcal hospital infections including MRSA. It is also co-developing SPOR-COVTM, a novel, biotherapeutic product for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory infections and has earlier grant funded XF drug research projects.

For further information on the company, please visit

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