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CytoDyn Describes Stunning Results for COVID-19 Treatment with Leronlimab; Drug Ends “Cytokine Storms,” Restores Lung Function, & Reduces Plasma Viral Load; Ventilated Patients Achieve Rapid Improvement & Some Can Be Ex-Tubated 48 Hours After Treatment

--Results described in CytoDyn Investor Community Conference Call on Monday, April 27, 2020.
--CytoDyn scientists believe their studies show that powerful immune modulator RANTES drives the pathogenic process of COVID-19.
--RANTES is chemoactive chemokine, expressed by many hematopoietic and non-hematopoietic cell types, that plays key role in controlling homing and migration of effector and memory T-cells during acute infections.
--RANTES receptor (CCR5) is co-receptor for HIV and a major target of anti-HIV drugs based on blocking viral entry.
--RANTES levels are highly elevated in COVID-19 patients and RANTES fundamentally drives the COVID-19 pathogenic process via binding of RANTES to CCR5.
--CytoDyn’s drug, a humanized monoclonal antibody called leronlimab, blocks CCR5, denying binding access to RANTES.
--Levels of RANTES return to normal very quickly after single sub-cutaneous injection of leronlimab
--Disease-associated high levels of interleukin-6, and of other chemokines, are quickly reduced to normal.
--Lung function is restored.
--Plasma viral load is reduced.
--Drug delivered by one subcutaneous injection.

CytoDyn Reports Strong Results from eIND COVID-19 Patients Treated with Leronlimab; Majority of Patients Have Demonstrated Remarkable Recoveries

On Thursday, April 30, 2020, CytoDyn Inc. (OTC.QB: CYDY), a late-stage biotechnology company developing leronlimab (PRO 140), a CCR5 antagonist with the potential for multiple therapeutic indications, announced updates on 49 COVID-19 patients who have received leronlimab under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency Investigational New Drug (eIND) program: Eleven (11) Patients in NY hospital: All treated patients were in Intensive Care Units (ICU) because of acute respiratory failure, eight of whom were intubated (placed on mechanical ventilation). One patient was not intubated because of poor baseline pulmonary status (history of lung cancer and had undergone bilateral upper lobectomy). Seven patients were organ-transplant recipients (six patients were renal-transplant recipients and one patient had a history of heart transplant) and were on immunosuppressive regimen. Ten patients were on dialysis and nine were on vasopressors during hospitalization. Despite their pre-existing and severe conditions, we believe we were able to save the lives of four patients. All patient blood samples were evaluated and important, powerful results from the effect of leronlimab were demonstrated in almost all of these patients. This data has been submitted to a prestigious journal and we expect the publication on Friday, May 1; Twenty-three (23) Patients in Southern California Hospital: Six patients were in critical condition (intubated) and 17 patients were severely ill, needing oxygen support. No death was reported. Out of 6 critical patients, all were intubated patients, 3 were extubated (taken off ventilator), 2 patients remain relatively stable and still breathing with the assistance of a ventilator and one patient has shown deterioration in respiratory parameters.