BEVERLY, Mass., Dec. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cellceutix Corporation, (OTCQB:CTIX) ("the Company"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies with dermatology, oncology, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic applications, would like to wish all Cellceutix shareholders, their families and friends a happy and healthy holiday season.

In 2016, Cellceutix remained extremely transparent in keeping shareholders current on developments, including comprehensive updates via news releases and corporate presentations covering the status of clinical trials and anticipated milestones pertaining to those trials for 2017.  The most recent corporate update is available at http://www.cellceutix.com/new-events-and-presentations/2016/11/30/q1-fiscal-2017-update

Looking ahead to 2017, we intend to remain laser focused on advancing our clinical pipeline with concurrent nurturing of relationships that can potentially lead to partnerships. Productive initial dialogue with major pharmaceutical companies in 2016 has already provided clear directions.

As an example of executing towards our goal, we are now actively engaged in our Phase 2b study titled "A Randomized, Double Blind, Parallel Group, Placebo-controlled Trial to Study the Efficacy and Safety of Two Oral Doses of Prurisol Administered Twice Daily for Twelve Weeks to Subjects with Moderate to Severe Chronic Plaque Psoriasis."  Our budget for this study is approximately $6-$7 million.  Management believes that achieving significant efficacy, as suggested by results already seen in our previous Phase 2a study, combined with a "clean" safety profile, would support value of the drug candidate at that stage of development in excess of $1 billion.  Such potential for value inflection at key milestones during clinical development is part of the Company's strategy to remain alert to market trends where oral drugs for treating dermatological conditions and better drugs for treating cancer and irritable bowel diseases are being licensed/bought at record prices.

Details on the ongoing Phase 2b clinical trial for oral Prurisol in the treatment of moderate-to-severe psoriasis can be found at:

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02949388

Cellceutix wishes all a joyous holiday season.  Thank you for the continued support.

Alerts:

Sign-up for Cellceutix email alerts is available at:

http://www.cellceutix.com/email-alerts

About Cellceutix

Headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, Cellceutix is a publicly-traded company under the symbol "CTIX". Cellceutix is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies in multiple diseases. Cellceutix believes it has a world-class portfolio of first-in-class lead drug candidates and is now advancing them toward market approval, while actively seeking strategic partnerships. Cellceutix's psoriasis drug candidate Prurisol completed a Phase 2 trial and Cellceutix recently launched a Phase 2b study. Prurisol is a small molecule that acts through immune modulation and PRINS reduction. Cellceutix's anti-cancer drug Kevetrin successfully concluded a Phase 1 clinical trial at Harvard Cancer Centers' Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Cellceutix is preparing for a Phase 2 study. In the laboratory, Kevetrin has shown to induce activation of p53, often referred to as the "Guardian Angel Gene" due to its crucial role in controlling cell mutations. Cellceutix is in a Phase 2 clinical trial with its novel compound Brilacidin-OM for the prevention of oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer. Brilacidin-OM, a defensin mimetic compound, has shown in an animal model to reduce the occurrence of severe ulcerative oral mucositis by more than 94% compared to placebo. Cellceutix's lead antibiotic, Brilacidin, has completed a Phase 2b trial for Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections, or ABSSSI. Top-line data have shown a single dose of Brilacidin to deliver comparable clinical outcomes to the FDA-approved seven-day dosing regimen of daptomycin. Brilacidin has the potential to be a single-dose therapy for certain multi-drug resistant bacteria ("superbugs"). In an ongoing Phase 2 open label Proof-of-Concept trial, favorable interim results have been observed in the first cohort of patients treated with Brilacidin for Ulcerative Proctitis/Ulcerative Proctosigmoiditis (UP/UPS), two types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Cellceutix has formed research collaborations with world-renowned research institutions in the United States and Europe, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the University of Bologna. More information is available on the Cellceutix web site at www.cellceutix.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including statements concerning projected timelines for the initiation and completion of clinical trials, our future drug development plans, other statements regarding future product developments, including with respect to specific indications, and any other statements which are other than statements of historical fact. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause Cellceutix's actual results and experience to differ materially from anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward looking statements. Cellceutix has in some cases identified forward-looking statements by using words such as "anticipates," "believes," "hopes," "estimates," "looks," "expects," "plans," "intends," "goal," "potential," "may," "suggest," and similar expressions. Among other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements are Cellceutix's need for, and the availability of, substantial capital in the future to fund its operations and research and development; including the amount and timing of the sale of shares of common stock to Aspire Capital; the fact that Cellceutix's compounds may not successfully complete pre-clinical or clinical testing, or be granted regulatory approval to be sold and marketed in the United States or elsewhere. A more complete description of these risk factors is included in Cellceutix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Cellceutix undertakes no obligation to release publicly the results of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by applicable law or regulation. 
INVESTOR AND MEDIA CONTACT:Cellceutix CorporationLeo Ehrlichinfo@cellceutix.com