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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (5 April 2022): Hexima Limited (ASX:HXL), wishes to remind investors of its webinar scheduled for today, 5 April 2022 at 9:00 AM AEST. The webinar follows the presentation by Chief Operating Officer Dr Nicole van der Weerden of pezadeftide's novel fungicidal mode of action at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) on March 25th 2022 in Boston, MA.

A copy of the presentation to be delivered in the webinar is attached.

Hexima's CEO and COO will host the webinar to discuss recent progress, upcoming milestones and the mechanism of action of pezadeftide against fungal pathogens.

Investor Webinar: 5 April 2022, 9AM AEST

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Hexima (ASX:HXL) is a clinical stage, anti-infectives focused biotechnology company engaged in the research and development of defensin peptides for applications as human therapeutics. Our lead product candidate, pezadeftide (HXP124) applied in a topical formulation, is a potential new prescription treatment for toenail fungal infections (or onychomycosis). Hexima is currently conducting an Australian phase IIb clinical trial testing pezadeftide for the treatment of onychomycosis. Hexima holds granted, long-life patents protecting pezadeftide in major markets globally. For additional information please can also find us onTwitter andLinkedIn or email us


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Hosted by Hexima Managing Director and CEO, Mr Michael Aldridge and Chief Operating Officer, Dr Nicole van der Weerden

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Onychomycosis is a common fungal nail infection in the nail plate and nail bed. Prevalence of onychomycosis has been estimated at 10% (Japan) and 13.8% (USA).1 Onychomycosis is an infectious disease and is difficult to treat with a significant healthcare burden. It causes pain in approximately 50% of patients and in the US results in close to four doctor's visits annually for treatment.2 Onychomycosis impacts a patient's quality of life with 51% unable to wear the shoes they would prefer and 66% distressed by the appearance of their nail.3 It is important to treat onychomycosis as the fungi in the nailcan be a source of secondary infection in other areas of the body or infect family members and spread to the environment.

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Onychomycosis is the most common nail disorder accounting for 50% of all nail diseases. It is particularly prevalent in older, diabetic and immune compromised populations.2 The global market for treatments for onychomycosis was approximately US$3.7 billion in 2018.4

Approved prescription therapies for onychomycosis comprise either oral or topical medications. Oral medications are associated with adverse effects such as nausea, taste disturbance, and flatulence. They can also severely impact liver function and so often require liver function monitoring. The clinical and commercial success of topical medications has been constrained by an inability of anti-fungal agents to effectively penetrate the human nail and the lack of sufficient anti-fungal activity when in contact with the target pathogen.5




Hexima embraces the significant challenge of new product development for onychomycosis. Hexima has taken a very different approach, building on its many years of ground-breaking research into the evolutionary tools that plants use naturally to fight fungal infections. The result is pezadeftide, a new topical treatment for onychomycosis, with a novel and powerful fungicidal mode of action.

Historically, therapies for onychomycosis have generally focused on new forms of the traditional classes of antifungal agents or improving the topical delivery of systemic antifungal agents. Hexima's technology is a completely novel approach with fundamental differences that address the well-documented limitations of these traditional technologies.

Pezadeftide penetrates the nail more effectively than existing topical treatments and so can more readily target the fungal cells which proliferate in the nail bed. It is also more effective at rapidly killing fungal cells on contact. Together, these properties mean that pezadeftide has the potential to resolve the fungal infection more quickly, leading to faster and more complete clearing of the infected nail area. Consequently, pezadeftide offers the promise to capture significant value in a large and poorly served market.

  • 1 Tatchibana et al., Journal of Fungi, 2017

  • 2 Joseph et al, Supplement to Podiatry Today, 2013

  • 3 Milobratovic et al., Mycoses, 2013

  • 4 Persistence Market Research 2018

  • 5 Wang et al., Onychomycosis: Diagnosis and Effective Management, 2018

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Lead program is pezadeftide (HXP124), a potential new topical treatment for onychomycosis (fungal nail infections)

Exploring other applications for its anti-fungal peptide platformOnychomycosis affects ~14% of the US population. Global market for treatments for onychomycosis US$3.7 bn

Current treatments do not meet patient needs

  • • Topical drugs - long course of treatment, limited efficacy

  • • Oral drugs - more effective but risk of toxic side effects

Patients and clinicians have a clear preference for a safe topical product with a more convenient shorter course of therapy and better efficacy

Pezadeftide is a patented biologic with a novel fungicidal mode of action

Rapidly penetrates the human nail to target the site of infection

Demonstrated in a phase I/IIa clinical trial to have a favourable safety profile and deliver effective and rapid anti-fungal treatment

Safe and well tolerated

High efficacy via consumer-friendly topical application

Short, convenient course of therapy, delivers rapid resolution of disease

Currently in Australian phase II clinical trial - results Q2 2022

Phase III 2022

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