Inhibitors of the Keap1-Nrf2 protein-protein interaction (PPI) have been proposed as potential anti-inflammatory and cancer chemopreventive agents. Such compounds have the potential to increase the intracellular concentrations of Nrf2 in a reversible manner and consequently increase the expression of a battery of gene products with antioxidant response elements (AREs) in their promoter region. In this manuscript we describe the development of peptide inhibitors with modified C- and N-termini and reduced overall charge. The activity of the compounds in inhibiting the PPI and in cellular assays of Nrf2 function are described. Compound 10 has potent activity (IC50 = 22 nM) in a cell-free fluorescence polarisation assay and induced the expression of Nrf2 dependent gene products in cells, suggesting that it has potential as a lead molecule for the development of peptidomimetic inhibitors.