Press Release

ProtoKinetix Engages Multi-National Partner for Formulation of Topical Drug to Treat Dry Eye Disease & Ocular Inflammation with AAGP®

Marietta, Ohio, April 14, 2021

ProtoKinetix, Incorporated (the “Company” or “ProtoKinetix”) (OTCQB: PKTX), a clinical-stage biomedical company, today announced that it has engaged a global pharmaceutical company to develop the formulation as a topical ocular drug for the treatment of dry eye disease (DED) and ocular inflammation using AAGP®.

For the development of this drug for DED to date the company has completed:

  1. Ocular irritation studies
  2. Proof of concept pre-clinical DED trials for efficacy
  3. Confirmatory pre-clinical DED trials for efficacy
  4. Pilot drug stability (ie. shelf-life) testing
  5. Pilot tolerability and toxicology studies

All these studies were conducted by market-leading contract research organizations (CRO).

In order to progress to clinical trials, the Company intends to complete the following activities:

  1. Complete topical application formulation(s)
  2. Confirmatory DED efficacy tests
  3. Drug product Good Lab Practice (GLP) IND-enabling safety toxicology
  4. Communicate with Fedral Drug Administration (FDA) on clinical trial design criteria

Dry Eye Disease Market Overview

According to market research published by Mordor Intelligence LLP, studies of the Dry Eye Disease market indicated a value of approximately USD 4.5 billion in 2018, and the market is expected to reach up to USD 6.2 billion by 2024, with an anticipated CAGR of 5.23%, during the forecast period (2019-2024). The growth of dry eye related diseases may include several factors, such as aging, a decrease in the supportive hormones (ex. menopause), systemic inflammatory diseases, ocular surfaces diseases or surgeries affecting the cholinergic nerves, which stimulate tear secretion.

“This is a critical milestone in our application development and moves us forward to commercialization of ProtoKinetix’s Dry Eye Disease program.” – Clarence Smith, CEO President

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About ProtoKinetix, Incorporated  

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information discussed in this press release includes “forward looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included herein concerning, among other things, planned capital expenditures, future cash flows and borrowings, pursuit of potential acquisition opportunities, our financial position, business strategy and other plans and objectives for future operations, are forward looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties and are not (and should not be considered to be) guarantees of future performance.  Refer to our risk factors set forth in our reports filed on Edgar. ProtoKinetix disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement made here.

This press release does not constitute or form a part of any offer or solicitation to purchase or subscribe for securities in the United States.

For further information, please contact:

Clarence E. Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

Telephone:        740-434-5041

Email:                 csmith@protokinetix.com

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