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Motif Bio Granted Meeting with U.S. FDA regarding Iclaprim

March 20, 2019

NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Motif Bio plc (AIM/NASDAQ: MTFB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company specialising in developing novel antibiotics, announced today that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the Company’s request for a Type A meeting to discuss the points raised in the Complete Response Letter received from the FDA related to the New Drug Application (NDA) for iclaprim for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections. The meeting is scheduled to take place on May 3, 2019.

Graham Lumsden, Chief Executive Officer of Motif Bio, said: “We are pleased that the FDA has granted our meeting request and that critical personnel from the FDA have been invited to attend the upcoming meeting with our internal and external experts. We look forward to a collaborative meeting and to discussing with the Agency the best way to move iclaprim towards marketing approval.”

Official meeting minutes are received from the FDA typically within 30 days of a meeting. After this, Motif Bio will be in a position to provide an update to the market on the path forward for iclaprim.

As previously announced, the Company needs to raise additional capital in the near term. A further update regarding financing will be made in due course.

For further information please contact:

Motif Bio plc ir@motifbio.com Graham Lumsden (Chief Executive Officer) Peel Hunt LLP (NOMAD & BROKER) + 44 (0)20 7418 8900 Dr Christopher Golden Oliver Jackson Walbrook PR Ltd. (UK FINANCIAL PR & IR) +44 (0)20 7933 8780 Paul McManus/Helen Cresswell/Lianne Cawthorne motifbio@walbrookpr.com MC Services AG (EUROPEAN IR) +49 (0) 89 210 2280 Raimund Gabriel raimund.gabriel@mc-services.eu Russo Partners (U.S. PR) +1 (858) 717-2310 or +1 (212) 845 4272 David Schull david.schull@russopartnersllc.com

Note to Editors:

About Motif BioMotif Bio plc (AIM/NASDAQ: MTFB) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel antibiotics designed to be effective against serious and life-threatening infections caused by multi-drug resistant Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA. The Company’s lead product candidate is iclaprim. Motif Bio is seeking approval of iclaprim from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). More than 3.6 million patients with ABSSSI are hospitalised annually in the U.S. It is estimated that up to 26% of hospitalized ABSSSI patients have renal impairment.

The Company also has plans to develop iclaprim for hospital acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP), including ventilator associated bacterial pneumonia (VABP), as there is a high unmet need for new therapies in this indication. A Phase 2 trial in patients with HABP has been successfully completed and a Phase 3 trial is being planned. Additionally, iclaprim has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus lung infections in patients with cystic fibrosis and is in preclinical development for this indication.

Iclaprim has received Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation from the FDA together with Fast Track status for the ABSSSI indication. If approved for the ABSSSI indication as a New Chemical Entity, iclaprim will be eligible for 10 years of market exclusivity in the U.S. from the date of first approval, under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act (the GAIN Act). In Europe, 10 years of market exclusivity is anticipated. Motif is also building a patent estate to provide additional protection for iclaprim and has two U.S. method of use patents issued that will expire in 2037.

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