Avenue Therapeutics Provides Regulatory Update on IV Tramadol and Other Corporate Updates

Company to participate in Type C meeting for IV Tramadol with FDA on March 9, 2023

MIAMI, March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATXI) (“Avenue” or the “Company”), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of rare and neurologic diseases, today announced that it will participate in a Type C meeting with the FDA on March 9, 2023 to discuss a proposed study protocol to assess the risk of respiratory depression related to opioid stacking on intravenous tramadol (“IV Tramadol”) relative to an approved opioid analgesic. The Company expects to provide an update on the outcome of the meeting in April 2023, after receipt of the meeting minutes from the FDA.

As disclosed in September 2022, Avenue received meeting minutes from the FDA regarding a Type A meeting conducted on August 9, 2022, for IV Tramadol. At the meeting, Avenue presented a study design for a single safety clinical trial that the Company believes could address the concerns regarding risks related to opioid stacking and the FDA stated that the proposed study design appeared reasonable and agreed on various study design aspects with the expectation that additional feedback would be provided to Avenue upon review of a more detailed study protocol.

Subsequent to the August 9 meeting, the Company incorporated the FDA’s suggestions from the meeting minutes and submitted a Type C Meeting Request and a briefing book that included a detailed study protocol for further discussion with the FDA.

Board Appointments

On March 7, 2023, Alexandra MacLean, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer of Avenue, was appointed to the Board of Directors. In addition, Jay Kranzler, M.D., Ph.D., a current Director of Avenue, was appointed as the Chairman, true to Dr. Kranzler’s expertise in the neurosciences. Lindsay Rosenwald, M.D. will remain a Director of the Company.

Dr. Rosenwald commented, “I am very excited to have Dr. Kranzler become Chairman of Avenue. Deep training, knowledge and experience in the neurological sciences and drug development will be very important as Avenue continues to develop and expand its portfolio.“

2023 Annual Meeting

Today, the Company also announced its 2023 Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held on June 22, 2023 and that stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 25, 2023 will be entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the annual meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof. The 2023 Annual Meeting will be a virtual meeting conducted via webcast.

Because the date of the Annual Meeting has changed by more than 30 days from the anniversary of the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, the Company has set a new deadline for the receipt of stockholder proposals. In accordance with Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), any stockholder proposal intended to be considered for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials for the 2023 Annual Meeting must be delivered to, or mailed to and received at, the Company’s executive offices located at Avenue Therapeutics, Inc., 1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 301, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida 33154, Attn: David Jin, Corporate Secretary, on or before the close of business on March 24, 2023, which the Company has determined to be a reasonable time before it expects to begin to print and distribute its proxy materials for the 2023 Annual Meeting. In addition to complying with this deadline, stockholder proposals intended to be considered for inclusion in the Company’s proxy materials for the 2023 Annual Meeting must also comply with all applicable SEC rules, including Rule 14a-8 of the Exchange Act. To comply with the universal proxy rules under Rule 14a-19 of the Exchange Act, stockholders who intend to solicit proxies in support of director nominees other than the Company’s nominees must provide notice that sets forth the information required by Rule 14a-19 under the Exchange Act no later than May 3, 2023.

Under the Company’s Bylaws, stockholders may also present a proposal or director nomination at the Annual Meeting if advance written notice is timely given to the Company, in accordance with the Bylaws. Because the date of the 2023 Annual Meeting will now be held more than 30 days before the anniversary of the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders, notice by a stockholder of any such proposal or nomination must be provided no later than the close of business on March 24, 2023.

About Avenue Therapeutics
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATXI) is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of neurologic and rare diseases. It is currently developing three assets including AJ201, a first-in-class asset for spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, BAER-101, an oral small molecule selective GABA-A α2/3 receptor positive allosteric modulator for CNS diseases, and IV Tramadol, which is in Phase 3 clinical development for the management of moderate-to-moderately-severe pain in adults in a medically supervised healthcare setting. Avenue is headquartered in Miami, FL and was founded by Fortress Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIO). For more information, visit www.avenuetx.com.  

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Jaclyn Jaffe
Avenue Therapeutics, Inc.
(781) 652-4500

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