BROOKLYN, N.Y., Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZRX) ("AzurRx" or the "Company"), a company specializing in the development of non-systemic, recombinant therapies for gastrointestinal ("GI") diseases, announced today the release of a Company overview as presented by AzurRx's President & CEO, Thijs Spoor. Mr. Spoor began the communication by stating, "This Company overview serves to provide shareholders with a perspective on AzurRx, its evolution and future potential. Let me begin with the fundamentals. We have a clear, focused plan for value creation, building our pipeline assets with a short-term, lower-risk development pathway, an experienced management team and first-class advisors. We believe that our focus on non-systemic therapies represents a new frontier for developing therapies. Our pipeline, led by MS1819 and followed by AZX1101, is moving ahead and we have further strengthened and we continue to expand our global patent portfolio. Non-absorbable drugs are a unique subset of orally administered agents that exert their therapeutic effects locally in the GI tract. In contrast to traditional drugs, which are designed to be rapidly absorbed, achieve therapeutic plasma levels, and then be eliminated by multiple pathways, non-absorbable drugs are designed to only act locally in the gut. It is our belief that if drugs are not absorbed into the bloodstream, then it is very difficult for them to reach the liver, heart, brain or other organs, and thus we believe that the chance of having serious side effects is decreased. MS1819We continue to make progress with our lead agent MS1819-SD, a yeast derived recombinant lipase, for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency ("EPI") related to chronic pancreatitis ("CP") and cystic fibrosis. We previously announced the initiation of the Phase II trial of MS1819 in EPI due to CP. We anticipate active participation from the sites in Australia and New Zealand in this un-blinded dose escalation trial, with initial results anticipated in the first half of 2017. With a potentially superior efficacy profile, we expect MS1819 to provide a true clinical benefit to EPI patients, offering materially improved efficacy and a dramatically reduced pill burden. Commercially, the EPI market, consisting of porcine derived products, was estimated to be approximately $1.5 billion in 2015 and is projected to increase to approximately $2.85 billion by 2023, according to market research firm Transparency Market Research.