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Columbia Laboratories to Initiate a Phase II Clinical Trial for COL-1077, Lidocaine Bioadhesive 10% Gel, in the Second Quarter of 2015

BOSTON, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbia Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRX) ("Columbia" or "the Company"), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of pharmaceuticals for women's health, plans to initiate a Phase II clinical trial for COL-1077, a lidocaine bioadhesive 10% gel, in women undergoing transvaginal pipelle-directed endometrial biopsy in the second quarter of 2015. This is following pre-Investigational New Drug ("IND") submission feedback from the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA").

COL-1077 is being developed as a sustained-release lidocaine gel for vaginal administration, intended as an acute-use anesthetic during minimally invasive gynecologic procedures. Approximately five million gynecological procedures are performed in the U.S. annually, representing a significant need for a safe and effective localized pain treatment for women undergoing these procedures.

The FDA feedback provided guidance on the proposed clinical plan, manufacturing approach, and clinical study design and Columbia is on track to submit its IND application this March.

The Company expects to commence a Phase II clinical trial in the second quarter of 2015. This trial will be a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the efficacy and safety of a single dose of COL-1077 in women undergoing transvaginal pipelle-directed endometrial biopsy. Clinical trial supplies for the Phase II trial will be produced at the Company's Nottingham facility.

"The FDA's feedback on COL-1077 is a critical next step in the advancement of this program to address an unmet medical need in women's health. Based on data from previous clinical studies, along with this FDA guidance, we believe that COL-1077 is well-positioned to immediately and successfully transition into the clinic," said Frank Condella, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Laboratories.

Columbia is focused on the development of specialty pharmaceuticals for women's health, building on the global CRINONE® franchise. The Company's product pipeline will leverage the 505(b)2 regulatory pathway, when possible, with new formulations of existing pharmaceuticals. With funding from operating cash flows, and internal expertise in formulation and pharmaceutical development, Columbia's strategy is to advance product candidates through Phase II proof-of-concept and selectively partner for later stage clinical trials and commercialization.  

Columbia is actively evaluating new product opportunities for advancement into development. Additional programs will be announced as they clear internal development hurdles, including intellectual property filings, commercial assessments, and clinical development plans.

About Columbia Laboratories 
Columbia Laboratories, Inc. has a successful heritage in developing women's health focused pharmaceutical products, including CRINONE® 8% (progesterone gel), that is marketed by Actavis, Inc. in the U.S. and by Merck Serono S.A. in over 60 additional countries worldwide.  Columbia is leveraging its pharmaceutical development, clinical trial manufacturing, and advanced analytical and consulting services to advance an internal pipeline while generating revenue from pharmaceutical industry customers.  For more information, please visit

CRINONE® is a registered trademark of Actavis, Inc. in the U.S.

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Katja Buhrer
MBS Value Partners
(212) 661-7004


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