Peptimmune Completes Phase Ib Study Of PI-2301 In Multiple Sclerosis Patients, And Presentation At ECTRIMS 2009
Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
Also Included In: Clinical Trials / Drug Trials; Pharma Industry / Biotech Industry
Article Date: 26 Aug 2009 - 1:00 PDT
Peptimmune, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced the completion of a clinical trial to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of PI-2301 in subjects with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (SP-MS). PI-2301 is a novel peptide copolymer for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.
The Phase Ib multiple-ascending dose, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study enrolled 50 subjects with SP-MS. A total of 36 subjects received PI-2301 once weekly for 8 weeks followed by an open label extension of an additional 4 weeks. The doses ranged from 1 to 60 mg. Safety at all doses, including potentially therapeutic doses, was established. The most frequent adverse events (AEs) were dose-dependent site reactions which were mild to moderate, transient, and resolved without specific therapy. Dose-dependent increases in serum levels of anti-inflammatory markers were consistent with PI-2301 exposure as measured using the Company's proprietary pharmacokinetic assay. The Company plans to continue developing this promising compound by initiating a Phase II study in multiple sclerosis patients later this year.
"PI-2301 has now shown safety and pharmacologic activity in two clinical studies, the first in healthy volunteers, and this second in patients with multiple sclerosis. As we look forward to the Phase II, we are excited about the observed pharmacologic effects of PI-2301 in patients suffering from secondary progressive MS," stated Thomas P. Mathers, President and CEO of Peptimmune.
Data from this Phase Ib study will be presented at the Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). Dr. Eric Zanelli will make a poster presentation titled "Clinical and biological results of a 12-week, double-blind, multiple ascending dose study evaluating the safety and tolerability of peptide copolymer PI-2301 in patients with the secondary progressive form of multiple sclerosis."