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Gemphire Therapeutics to Report Fiscal Year End 2016 Financial Results on Wednesday, March 15
Poster on Phase 2 Trial Investigating Effect of Gemcabene on Insulin Sensitization to be Presented at ACC Meeting on March 19

LIVONIA, Mich., March 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gemphire Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:GEMP), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of dyslipidemia and NAFLD/NASH, will release fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 financial results on Wednesday, March 15 after the market close, and host a conference call at 4:30pm Eastern Time to review the company’s progress and answer questions. Gemphire is also announcing a poster presentation from a Phase 2 clinical trial with gemcabene in obese patients at the forthcoming American College of Cardiology 66th Annual Scientific Session (ACC), taking place in Washington, D.C., March 17-19.

Financial Results Conference Call Details:
Date:   Wednesday, March 15
Time: 4:30 pm Eastern Time
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American College of Cardiology Meeting, Poster Presentation:
Session: 1277 - Diabetes and Other Issues in Cardiovascular Prevention
Title: Effect of Gemcabene on Insulin Sensitivity in Nondiabetic, Obese Subjects
Authors: Rebecca Bakker-Arkema, Charles Bisgaier, Gemphire Therapeutics Inc.
Date:  Sunday, March 19
Time: 9:45 – 10:30 am Eastern Time
Location Poster Hall C., Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The poster presents the results of a double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled, Phase 2 pilot trial 1027-014 of 900 mg gemcabene and placebo once daily for 4 weeks that investigated insulin sensitization by gemcabene in non-diabetic, obese patients as well as LDL-C lowering.

About Gemcabene
Gemphire’s product candidate, gemcabene (CI-1027), is a first-in-class, once-daily, oral therapy that may be suitable for patients who are unable to achieve normal levels of LDL-C or triglycerides with currently approved therapies, primarily statins.  Gemcabene's mechanism of action is designed to enhance the clearance of very low-density lipoproteins (VLDLs) in the plasma and inhibit the production of cholesterol and triglycerides in the liver.  The combined effect for these mechanisms has been clinically observed to result in a reduction of plasma VLDL-C, LDL-C, and triglycerides.  In addition, gemcabene has been shown to markedly lower inflammation as measured by C-reactive protein.  Gemcabene is liver-directed and reduces apoC-III mRNA and plasma levels.  Gemcabene also reduces acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) and CCR2/CCR5 receptor mRNA levels, which may have applications in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)/non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  Gemcabene has demonstrated proof of concept efficacy in the STAMTM model for NASH developed at SMC Laboratories in Tokyo, Japan.  Gemcabene has been tested as monotherapy and in combination with statins and other drugs in 895 subjects across 18 Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials and has demonstrated promising evidence of efficacy, safety and tolerability.

About Gemphire
Gemphire is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of dyslipidemia, a serious medical condition that increases the risk of life threatening cardiovascular diseases, and NAFLD/NASH.  Gemphire has initiated 3 clinical trials for HoFH, heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH)/atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), and severe hypertriglyceridemia (SHTG) under NCT02722408NCT02634151, and NCT02944383, respectively.  Please visit for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements 
Any statements in this press release about Gemphire’s future expectations, plans and prospects, including statements about Gemphire’s financial prospects, future operations and sufficiency of funds for future operations, clinical development of Gemphire’s product candidate, expectations regarding future clinical trials and future expectations and plans and prospects for Gemphire, and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "targets," "may," "potential," "will," "would," "could," "should," "continue," “scheduled” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: the success and timing of Gemphire’s regulatory submissions and pre-clinical and clinical trials; regulatory requirements or developments; changes to Gemphire’s clinical trial designs and regulatory pathways; changes in Gemphire’s capital resource requirements; Gemphire’s ability to obtain additional financing; Gemphire’s ability to successfully market and distribute its product candidate, if approved; Gemphire’s ability to obtain and maintain its intellectual property protection; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of Gemphire’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2016, and in other filings Gemphire makes with the SEC from time to time.  In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Gemphire’s views as of the date hereof.  Gemphire anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Gemphire’s views to change.  However, while Gemphire may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Gemphire specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.  These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Gemphire’s views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.

Andrew McDonald, Ph.D.
LifeSci Advisors, LLC
(646) 597-6987

Jeff Mathiesen, CFO
Gemphire Therapeutics Inc.

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