12 May 2017



Mithra to initiate pk study FOR ESTELLE®

  • First step toward bringing Estelle® to the Japanese and ASEAN markets with partner Fuji Pharma

  • Bridging study aims to characterize and compare the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of Estetrol (E4) and its combination with Drospirenone (DRSP) in Japanese and Caucasian subjects

Liège, Belgium May 12, 2017 – Mithra, a company dedicated to Women’s Health, announces that the Company received IRB[1] approval for the launch of a PK ethnobridgingstudy for Estelle®. Estelle® is Mithra’s novel oral contraceptive product candidate composed of 15 mg E4, its unique native estrogen, and 3 mg DRSP. Currently, pivotal Phase III Estelle® trials are ongoing in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and Russia.

Mithra announced its partnership with Fuji Pharma for the development of Estelle® in Japan and ASEAN in August 2016. Top line results of the study are expected between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018.

The study is a single-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial to compare the pharmacokinetic (PK) profile of different dosages of E4 combined with DRSP or E4 alone between Japanese and Caucasian subjects. In total, 96 participants will be recruited, 48 of which will be Japanese and 48 Caucasian. The women will be randomized over four treatment groups[2].

The primary objective is to determine and compare the PK profile after a single oral dose, by charting differences in drug exposure and elimination. Additionally, safety and tolerability of E4 and DRSP, and of E4 alone, will be evaluated in the study population.

“We are pleased to start the bridging study with our partner, Fuji Pharma. Progressing development to this stage highlights the constructive collaboration with Fuji Pharma, as well as their commitment to the Estelle® program. Moreover, this is an essential first step towards bringing Estelle to the Japanese market, and to potentially offer a safer contraceptive alternative to millions of Japanese women.”

François Fornieri

CEO Mithra Pharmaceuticals

For more information, please contact:



Julie Dessart

Chief Communication Officer

+32 4 349 28 22

+32 475 86 41 75



Investor Relations


Sofie Van Gijsel, IRO

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François Fornieri, CEO

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Consilium Strategic Communications

Jonathan Birt, Sue Stuart, Hendrik Thys


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About Fuji Pharma

Fuji Pharma is a Tokyo based company founded in 1965, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (4554:JP) with a 55bn JPY market capitalization and 2016 revenues of 34.23bn JPY. It specializes in development, manufacture, and marketing of pharmaceutical products, such as injection agents, internal drugs, drugs for external use, and diagnostic products. Their products and services are focused on medical care for women, in vitro diagnostics, acute medical care products and curative medicine (injection agents), and information regarding pharmaceuticals and health.

About Mithra

Mithra (Euronext: MITRA) is dedicated to providing innovation and choice in women’s health, with a particular focus on fertility, contraception and menopause. Mithra’s goal is to develop new and improved products that meet women’s needs for better safety and convenience. Its two lead development candidates – a fifth generation oral contraceptive Estelle® and next-generation hormone therapy Donesta® - are built on Mithra’s unique natural estrogen platform, E4 (Estetrol). Mithra also develops and markets complex therapeutics and offers partners a complete spectrum of research, development and specialist manufacturing at its CDMO centre.

Mithra was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the University of Liège by Mr. François Fornieri and Prof. Dr. Jean-Michel Foidart. Mithra is headquartered in Liège, Belgium. Further information can be found at: www.mithra.com

Important information

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[1]International Review Board, powered by the FDA to approve planned research and clinical trials

[2]Treatment groups in the study: 5 mg E4/3mg DRSP or placebo, 15 mg E4/3mg DRSP or placebo, 20 mg E4/3 mg DRSP or placebo and 15 mg E4 or placebo

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