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DEINOVE: DNV3837 Antibiotic Candidate: the Phase II Clinical Trial to Treat CDI Continues in the USA

DEINOVE is a French biotech company that uses its lead generation platform to develop innovative anti-infective drugs, is pursuing the Phase II clinical trial of its antibiotic candidate DNV3837, in a context where U.S. hospitals are still fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company thanks the clinicians for their commitment to this trial, as they face an unprecedented health crisis.

DNV3837 targets the treatment of Clostridioides difficile gastrointestinal infections (CDI), a pathogen classified as urgent threat by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Phase II clinical trial, launched in early 2020 in the United States, is evaluating the efficacy of DNV3837 in patients, following promising Phase I data. To date, DEINOVE is the only French biotech with a small molecule in clinical development, fully owned by the company, in the field of antibiotics.

This trial continues in the United States despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Several of the investigation centers have maintained their clinical research activities and continue to screen and include patients. DEINOVE scientific team and the CRO Medpace are closely monitoring the situation.

« We are grateful to the clinicians for doing their utmost to ensure that the clinical trial runs smoothly. We are surrounded by a team that is aware of the therapeutic stakes and the potential of our solution in development, and we thank them for this. In the current health conditions in the United States, where hospitals are overcrowded, we could have feared a suspension of the trial, » says Dr. Yannick Plétan, Acting Chief Medical Officer responsible for the clinical trial. «Conversely, the COVID-19 outbreak – which mainly affects the elderly – and the heavy antibiotic treatments administered to combat possible bacterial co-infections, are factors conducive to the development of severe Clostridioides difficile infections targeted by DNV3837. We are concerned, however, about the irrational use of antibiotics, which would have long-term public health consequences. »

On June 1st of this year, the WHO warned of the increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance, boosted by the current health crisis. ” The COVID19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,”worried Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General1. According to him, the threat of antimicrobial resistance is “one of the most urgent challenges of our time “. He also recalled that only small proportion of COVID-19 patients need antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections.

ABOUT CLOSTRIDIOIDES DIFFICILE INFECTIONS (CDI)

40% of patients suffering a Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) have severe forms, with mortality rates as high as 50%. Over the past 20 years, CDIs tended to increase significantly in incidence and severity, particularly due to the development of new hypervirulent strains and the high risk of recurrence. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently identified CDIs as one of the leading causes of healthcare-associated infections before Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA2) infections. In 2017, in the United States, there were an estimated 223,900 cases in hospitalized patients and 12,800 deaths3. This disease does not affect the United States only, recent studies4 show that the incidence of this type of infection is vastly underestimated in other parts of the world such as Europe and Asia.

To date, there are no therapeutic solutions for patients with severe gastrointestinal infections. Since the oral route is compromised, the available treatments, which are mostly oral treatments, struggle to reach the intestine because of the patient’s pathological condition (reduced gastrointestinal motility, intubation, intestinal perforation, etc.), and the few antibiotics that could be administered intravenously (IV), do not cross the gastrointestinal barrier and therefore do not reach the site of infection.

ABOUT THE DNV3837 ANTIBIOTIC CANDIDATE

DNV3837 – a prodrug5 of the DNV3681 molecule (also known as MCB3681) – is a narrow-spectrum, hybrid oxazolidinone-quinolone synthetic antibiotic targeting only Gram-positive bacteria. It is developed as a highly active 1st line treatment targeting Clostridioides difficile.

It has demonstrated significant efficacy and superiority to reference treatments (fidaxomicin in particular) against isolates of C. difficile, regardless of their virulence (including the hyper virulent BI/NAP1/027 strain).

DNV3837 is an intravenous antibiotic that, when converted to its active form DNV3681, crosses the gastrointestinal barrier and accumulates in the intestinal lumen, allowing it to precisely target the infection site. Several Phase I trials (on approx. a hundred healthy volunteers) have shown a high concentration of the antibiotic in stools, a strong marker of its presence in the intestine. It has also demonstrated its ability to eliminate Clostridioides bacteria without affecting the gut microbiota. It has also shown an acceptable tolerance profile.

FDA granted the DNV3837 drug with Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation and Fast Track status.

ABOUT THE PHASE II CLINICAL TRIAL TESTING DNV3837 IN CDI

The antibiotic candidate DNV3837 has been in a Phase II trial since the end of January 2020. The purpose of this trial is to evaluate its efficacy in CDI (through monitoring of symptoms, stool analysis, etc.), as well as to consolidate the safety and pharmacokinetic data.

This trial is taking place in the United States in two stages:

  • In the first phase, a cohort of 10 patients with moderate to severe CDI is treated with DNV3837. At the end of this phase, the DSMB6 has scheduled to review the interim results.
  • The second phase involves 30 patients with severe CDI. This is an open-label randomized trial testing DNV3837 (in 2/3 of patients) against an approved standard of care7 (1/3 of patients) for comparison purposes.

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Acurx Pharmaceuticals Phase 2 Clinical Trial of ibezapolstat Is In Progress

Acurx Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Acurx” or the “Company”), a privately held, clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing new antibiotics for difficult-to-treat bacterial infections, announced on July 27th, 2020 that a Phase 2 clinical trial of the Company’s lead antibiotic product candidate is in progress. In this trial, orally-administered ibezapolstat given 450 mg twice daily for 10 days will be evaluated for the treatment of patients with CDI. FDA has granted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation and Fast-Track status to ibezapolstat for patients with CDI.

Up to 6 study centers in the U.S. will participate in the first segment (Segment 2A) of the trial. Additional information about the trial, including eligibility criteria, can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov (Study identifier: NCT04247542). This Phase 2, multicenter, open-label single-arm segment (Segment 2A) will be followed by a double-blind, randomized, active-controlled segment (Segment 2B), and is designed to evaluate both clinical cure and sustained clinical cure, safety, and pharmacokinetics. All patients in both segments will have stool samples tested for ibezapolstat concentrations and microbiome effects. Pharmacokinetic testing for systemic exposure will be performed on blood samples in Segment 2A. All of the first 6 patients enrolled in the trial have met the study’s primary endpoint, Clinical Cure at end of treatment. All patients who have reached the 30-day follow-up milestone, no recurrence of CDI, have achieved Sustained Clinical Cure, the study’s secondary endpoint. Ibezapolstat has been well-tolerated in all patients to date. After the first 10 patients have completed treatment, the study’s Trial Oversight Committee will assess the ibezapolstat safety profile in relationship to treatment outcomes and will advise the company on any recommended trial modifications which could include early termination of Phase 2A and acceleration of the double-blind Segment 2B.

Robert J. DeLuccia, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Acurx, stated “With today’s heightened awareness of antimicrobial resistance, even more so in the current Covid-19 environment, and the need for new classes of antibiotics to fight this global crisis, we are very excited to advance ibezapolstat to this stage of clinical development.” He further stated, “This is a significant value-creating development milestone for our Company. We believe this now clinically validated target of inhibition of bacterial DNA pol IIIC will pave the way forward for our pipeline of new oral/I.V. antibiotics in pre-clinical development to treat other Gram-positive life-threatening infections in skin/skin structure, community acquired pneumonia, bone & joint and bacteremia. This will include pathogens resistant to currently available antibiotics, and classified as priority pathogens by the WHO, CDC and FDA, all of whom emphasize the need for new classes of antibiotics to prepare for the next global infectious disease threat.”

Additionally, the U.S. Center for Diseases Control recently issued its 2019 update on antimicrobial resistance https://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/pdf/threats-report/2019-ar-threats-report-508.pdf and reaffirmed that CDI remains an URGENT threat causing at least 12,800 deaths in 2017, highlighting the need for new antibiotics, particularly those with a novel mechanism of action. It further reported that more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year and more than 35,000 people die as a result, nearly twice as many annual deaths than previously reported by CDC in 2013. These deaths are attributed to antimicrobial-resistant pathogens including Enterococcus (including vancomycin-resistant strains or VRE), Staphylococcus (including methicillin-resistant strains or MRSA), and Streptococcus (including antibiotic-resistant strains), which are the targets of Company’s second antibiotic candidate currently in preclinical development.

About the Phase 2 Clinical Trial.  In Segment 2A of this trial, up to 20 subjects with diarrhea caused by C. difficile will be treated with ibezapolstat 450 mg orally for 10 days and evaluated for clinical cure. All cured subjects will be followed for sustained clinical cure at 28 ± 2 days. In Segment 2B, approximately 64 additional subjects with CDI will be enrolled and randomized in a 1:1 ratio to either ibezapolstat 450 mg every 12 hours or vancomycin 125 mg orally every 6 hours for 10 days and followed for 28 ± 2 days for recurrence. The two treatments will be identical in appearance, dosing times, and number of capsules administered to maintain the blind. Subjects in both segments will be evaluated for clinical and sustained clinical cure, safety, and tolerability. All subjects in both segments will have stool samples tested for microbiome profiles.
Additional information about the trial, including eligibility criteria can be found at: www.clinicaltrials.gov (Study identifier: NCT04247542).

About ibezapolstat, FDA QIDP and Fast Track Designation.  In June 2018, FDA granted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation to ibezapolstat as an oral treatment for patients with CDI. In addition, in January 2019, FDA granted Fast Track designation to ibezapolstat for the oral treatment for patients with CDI. 

FDA Fast Track Designation is a process designed to facilitate the development and expedite the regulatory pathway of new drugs to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and that fill a high unmet medical need. Ibezapolstat is a novel, first-in-class, orally administered antibacterial. It is the first of a novel class of DNA polymerase IIIC inhibitors under development by Acurx to treat bacterial infections. Acurx acquired ibezapolstat from GLSynthesis, Inc. in February 2018.

FDA’s QIDP Designation provides that ibezapolstat will be eligible to benefit from certain incentives for the development of new antibiotics provided under the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now Act (the GAIN Act). These incentives include Priority Review and eligibility for Fast Track status, the latter of which Acurx has already applied for and been granted by FDA. Further, if ultimately approved by the FDA, ibezapolstat is eligible for an additional five-year extension of Hatch-Waxman marketing exclusivity. Ibezapolstat is being developed as a targeted, narrow spectrum oral antibiotic for the treatment of patients with CDI. Acurx is planning to advance ibezapolstat into a Phase 2 clinical trial in first quarter 2020. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) has designated Clostridium difficile bacteria as an urgent threat highlighting the need for new antibiotics to treat CDI.

Summit Therapeutics plc Phase 2 Clinical Trial Ridinilazole In Development For the Treatment of C. difficile Infection

Summit Announces Publication of Phase 2 Clinical Analyses of Gut Microbiome Health

July 13, 2020 – Summit Therapeutics plc announced the publication of data from the Phase 2 clinical trial of the company’s precision antibiotic, ridinilazole, in development for the treatment of C. difficile infection (‘CDI’) in the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. The data published in collaboration with researchers at Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center demonstrated that ridinilazole’s microbiome preservation resulted in a gut environment expected to inhibit the growth of C. difficile. In contrast, vancomycin treatment resulted in a gut environment that may more highly favor the growth of C. difficile. The difference in gut environment could explain the approximately 60% relative reduction in recurrence observed in patients treated with ridinilazole over vancomycin in the Phase 2 trial.

“This is the first scientific article ever to show the effect of antibiotics treating CDI on the bile acid composition in the human gut. In addition, CoDIFy is the first clinical study to highlight the differential effects of antibiotics on bile acids, which are known to create environments that can either promote or protect against CDI,” said Dr. Ventzislav Stefanov, Executive Vice President and President of Discuva. “The protective gut environment observed after ridinilazole treatment, compared to vancomycin, provides a strong rationale for the higher sustained clinical response observed in patients taking ridinilazole in the CoDIFy clinical trial.”

The Phase 2 clinical trial enrolled 100 patients, half of whom received ridinilazole and the other half vancomycin. The publication, “Ridinilazole, a narrow spectrum antibiotic for treatment of Clostridioides difficile infection, enhances preservation of microbiota-dependent bile acids,” was authored by X. Qian, K. Yanagi, A. Kane, N. Alden, M. Lei, D. Snydman, R. Vickers, K. Lee and C. Thorpe. In the published data, there was a higher ratio of pro-C. difficile to anti C.-difficile bile acids at the start of treatment for both ridinilazole- and vancomycin-treated patients. This was expected, as patients who get CDI have perturbed microbiomes. However, during treatment, patients treated with vancomycin showed a further decrease in anti-C. difficile bile acids and had stools dominated by pro-C. difficile bile acids. In contrast, this did not occur in ridinilazole-treated patients. By the end of the study period, ridinilazole-treated patients’ bile acid ratios trended towards a healthy, non-CDI state. These results support the data from the Phase 2 clinical trial, in which patients receiving ridinilazole showed a statistically significant improvement in sustained clinical responses.

SOURCE: https://seekingalpha.com/pr/17929120-summit-announces-publication-of-phase-2-clinical-analyses-of-gut-microbiome-health

Rebiotix and Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announced Positive Preliminary Findings From Their Ongoing Pivotal Phase 3 Trial Of the Investigational Microbiome-based Treatment RBX2660

This is a promising approach to managing CDI. Completion of a Phase 3 study, with positive results, is exciting and holds much promise for patients suffering with recurrent C. diff. infections.
We look forward to the final results and are truly grateful.

 

Rebiotix and Ferring announce world’s first with positive preliminary
pivotal Phase 3 data for investigational microbiome-based therapy RBX2660

Rebiotix and Ferring are the first to announce positive preliminary results on primary
efficacy endpoint from ongoing pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for RBX2660

RBX2660 is an investigational, non-antibiotic, microbiome-based therapy, developed to
reduce Clostridiodes difficile (C. diff) infection recurrences

The CDC defines C. diff as a major burden to patients and doctors and an urgent healthcare
threat causing an estimated half a million illnesses and thousands of deaths annually in the
US alone ( 1 , 2)

Source:  Press Release
Roseville, Minnesota and Saint-Prex, Switzerland – 6 May, 2020, 07:00 EST –

Today, . These preliminary positive efficacy findings mark an important milestone, advancing RBX2660 in its clinical development program with a goal of bringing a US FDA approved therapy to patients. The clinical development program for RBX2660 is the most advanced in the world in evaluating the safety and efficacy of a standardized, non-antibiotic microbiome-based therapy.
RBX2660 is being developed to reduce C. diff infection recurrences, an urgent unmet need for
patients and healthcare providers worldwide. Antibiotics, the current standard of care, have been shown to disrupt the microbiome and increase the risk of C. diff recurrence. 3

C. diff causes nearly 30,000 deaths each year in the US; in Europe, the incidence of C. diff is increasing, with recurrent bouts of infection representing 10-15% of all healthcare-related infections in hospitals annually. 4 , 5

As a live biotherapeutic, aiming to help restore the gut microbiome community, RBX2660 may bring an innovative therapeutic option to patients suffering from this potentially deadly infection. “C. diff infection is a significant public health threat that has limited treatment options. These positive preliminary findings represent a major step forward towards bringing an innovative, non-antibiotic option to patients that may help restore their gut microbiome, said Per Falk, Ferring’s President and Chief Science Officer. With health systems under increasing pressure due to viruses like COVID-19 and the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance, the need for new therapies is greater than ever. We believe the power of the microbiome has great potential and we look forward to bringing RBX2660 to patients soon.”

“Since founding Rebiotix in 2011, our mission has been to harness the power of the microbiome to treat complex diseases. Our first goal was to address C. diff, which poses a significant health threat to thousands worldwide every year,” said Lee Jones, CEO and founder of Rebiotix, a Ferring company.

The positive preliminary data on the primary efficacy endpoint are a major stepping stone
for the RBX2660 development program, bringing us closer to an approved microbiome therapy
available for healthcare providers to help patients. As a first-in-class, potentially paradigm-changing technology, we look forward to discussing our final data with the FDA in the latter part of this year.” The ongoing Phase 3 trial is a randomized, multicenter, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. The trial also incorporates a safety assessment intended to follow patients for several months after receiving the investigational drug. The safety data will provide insight into the potential of using microbes as a therapeutic intervention. The full data package is anticipated in the second half of 2020.

This trial builds on nearly a decade of research and evaluation of the formulation, with robust clinicaland microbiome data collected over multiple controlled trials under the proprietary MRT drug platform.

About Clostridioides difficile infection (C. diff)
C. diff is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and colitis (an inflammation of the colon). 6 It is estimated to cause up to half a million illnesses in the US alone every year and is considered an urgent threat to public health by the CDC, and can lead to severe complications, including hospitalization, surgery, and death. 2 While antibiotics are the standard of care to address the infection, they are also the primary risk factor for disease recurrence. 3 Recurrence of C. diff occurs in approximately 15- 50% of patients. 7

About the microbiome
The human microbiome is a complex community of microorganisms which live on every surface of the body. The microbiome aids in the maintenance and development of the immune system,
metabolism, and other functions essential to human life. 8 The gastrointestinal tract houses the most dense and complex population of microbiota, which has an incredible influence over daily health – from aiding in food digestion to fighting disease. Clinical and scientific studies indicate antibiotics, viruses, stress and other factors can disturb the gut microbiota. This disruption, often referred to as “dysbiosis,” may have negative health impacts, and promote conditions for infections like C. dif infection to take hold. 9

Rebiotix and Ferring believe there is tremendous potential in microbiota-based therapies to address such illnesses, and are evaluating this therapeutic option through their
pioneering microbiota-based MRT drug platform, beginning with recurrent C. diff infection.

About RBX2660

The investigational RBX2660 formulation is the first-in-class microbiota-based therapy to achieve positive preliminary Phase 3 study results. RBX2660 is being developed to help break the cycle of recurrent C. diff infection. The therapy has been granted Fast Track, Orphan, and Breakthrough Therapy designations from the US FDA. The RBX2660 ongoing pivotal Phase 3 trial, PUNCH CD3,  is a randomized, multicenter, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. For more information about the RBX2660 Phase 3 study, visit http://www.clinicaltrials.gov (NCT03244644).

About Ferring Pharmaceutical Ferring Pharmaceuticals is a research-driven, specialty biopharmaceutical group committed to helping people around the world build families and live better lives. Headquartered in Saint-Prex,Switzerland, Ferring is a leader in reproductive medicine and maternal health, and in specialty areas within gastroenterology and urology. Founded in 1950, privately-owned Ferring now employs approximately 6,500 people worldwide, has its own operating subsidiaries in nearly 60 countries and markets its products in 110 countries.Learn more at http://www.ferring.com, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Rebiotix
Rebiotix Inc, part of the Ferring Pharmaceuticals Group, is a late-stage clinical microbiome
company focused on harnessing the power of the human microbiome to revolutionize the treatment of challenging diseases. Rebiotix has a diverse pipeline of investigational drug products built on its pioneering microbiota-based MRT drug platform. The platform consists of investigational drug technologies designed to potentially rehabilitate the human microbiome by delivering a broad consortium of live microbes into a patient’s intestinal tract. For more information on Rebiotix and its pipeline of human microbiome-directed therapies for diverse disease states, visit http://www.rebiotix.com, or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

For more information, please contact
Courtney Jones
Marketing Manager
Rebiotix Inc., a Ferring Company
+1 651 705 8774 (direct)
courtney.jones@ferring.com

Lindsey Rodger
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
+41 58 451 4023 (direct)
+41 79 191 0486 (mobile)
lindsey.rodger@ferring.com

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Metronidazole for the Prevention of Recurrence and Death in Patients with Clostridium difficile Infection.
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(4):546–553. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9045.
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Seres Therapeutics Announced on March 30th, 2020, That the Company Has Completed Enrollment of its SER-109 Phase 3 Clinical Study, ECOSPOR III

On March 30th, 2020

Seres Therapeutics, Inc., announced that the Company has completed enrollment of its SER-109 Phase 3 clinical study, ECOSPOR III.

www.serestherapeutics.com

 

SER-109 is an oral, first-in-field microbiome therapeutic candidate that has been granted Orphan Drug and Breakthrough Therapy designations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is being investigated for use in preventing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).

“We are pleased to have achieved this critically important corporate milestone. SER-109 has the potential to be the first FDA-approved therapy for C. difficile infection to treat the underlying cause of this disease, and the first approved microbiome drug for any human condition. We believe SER-109 could fundamentally transform the treatment of patients with recurrent C. difficile infection, a life-altering infectious disease, and we eagerly look forward to topline clinical results in the middle of this year. With compelling Phase 3 ECOSPOR III clinical data, we plan to engage in discussions with the FDA regarding a filing for product approval,” said Eric Shaff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seres. “We are also working to advance our other promising clinical development candidates in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This remains an evolving situation and we are carefully reviewing our development plans to determine how to rapidly advance our pipeline toward high-quality data readouts.”

SER-109 Study Updates

The SER-109 Phase 3 ECOSPOR III study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03183128) is a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study which has enrolled 181 patients with multiply recurrent CDI to date. ECOSPOR III had been designed to enroll 188 patients. The Company has decided to halt enrollment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seres believes that ECOSPOR III remains well-powered to evaluate the efficacy of SER-109. The ECOSPOR III study’s primary endpoint is the reduction of CDI recurrence at up to eight weeks following SER-109 administration, and the Company expects to report study results in mid-2020 as had been planned.

Seres is grateful to the patients, principal investigators and clinical research teams who participated in ECOSPOR III, many of whom are now involved in the fight against COVID-19.

The SER-109 Phase 3 ECOSPOR III study includes use of an objective Clostridium difficile cytotoxin assay to ensure that all patients entering the study have active CDI, as well as to confirm CDI recurrences during the study (i.e., the ECOSPOR III primary endpoint).

Seres plans to initiate a SER-109 Expanded Access Program at selected clinical sites participating in the ongoing Phase 3 ECOSPOR III study, and the Company may also initiate the program at additional clinical sites for eligible patients to have access to SER-109.

Prior completed clinical studies have demonstrated SER-109 bacterial engraftment into the gastrointestinal microbiome, and that engraftment is associated with reduced recurrence of CDI. In all prior clinical studies, SER-109 was associated with a favorable safety profile.

The FDA has issued several safety alerts related to Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) and the risk of pathogen transmission including warnings related to Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms and SARS-CoV-2, the virus linked to COVID-19 (June 12, 2019Alert; March 12, 2020Alert; and March 23, 2020Alert). Unapproved FMT is widely used under an FDA Enforcement Discretion policy for the treatment of recurrent CDI that is not responsive to standard therapies.

In contrast to FMT, SER-109 is comprised of a highly purified consortia of spore-based commensal bacteria and is manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) conditions using stringent standards to ensure product quality and consistency. Seres utilizes a unique manufacturing process which has been demonstrated to inactivate numerous potential pathogens, including species of non-spore bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, and viruses. The Company’s manufacturing process inactivates many emerging potential pathogens where diagnostic assays may not yet be available, such as SARS-CoV-2. Seres has issued a position statement highlighting the criticality of including pathogen inactivation processes in the manufacture of microbiome therapeutics. Recent discussions with the FDA have indicated agency support regarding the fundamental differentiation between FMT and Seres’ product candidates.

COVID-19 Impact and Other Clinical Program Updates

Seres continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Company operations and ongoing clinical development activity, including the SER-287 Phase 2b study in ulcerative colitis, the SER-401 Phase 1b study in metastatic melanoma, and SER-301, a rationally designed, fermented development candidate for ulcerative colitis. Mitigation activities to minimize COVID-19-related operation disruptions are ongoing; however, given the severity and evolving nature of the situation, the timing of SER-287 Phase 2b and SER-401 Phase 1b clinical readouts is uncertain. Seres does not anticipate disruptions to the availability of its drug product candidates for ongoing studies.

The SER-287 Phase 2b study is currently approximately 60% enrolled based on the 201-patient target study size. SER-287 development activity has been adversely impacted by multiple clinical sites halting non-essential procedures, including endoscopies, which may make it difficult to achieve the original enrollment target in H2 2020 as planned. Seres is evaluating enrollment mitigation strategies and possible trial design modifications with the goal of obtaining a high-quality, clinically meaningful dataset within a timeframe consistent with Seres’ prior guidance for its cash runway extending into the second quarter of 2021. Furthermore, the Company is encouraged by the FDA’s indications of flexibility in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans to engage the FDA in discussions regarding any potential trial modifications.

Seres continues to execute on activities to advance SER-301 clinical development and the planned initiation of patient dosing in Australia and New Zealand later this year.

 

SOURCE:  http://ir.serestherapeutics.com/news-releases/news-release-details/seres-therapeutics-announces-completion-enrollment-ser-109-phase