Dr. Pride of Pfizer leads a team that is searching for ways to improve diagnoses & treatment of C. difficile,
Dr. Michael Pride is the Executive Director, Vaccine Research and Development at Pfizer
Challenges, Chance and Looking Forward. Historically, a difficult diagnosis process has posed challenges to treatment for C. difficile infections, as detection is not straightforward. Dr. Pride and his team are working to tackle this issue by developing better ways to diagnose this infection, which will aid efforts to develop a vaccine. Additionally, he is encouraged by recent work that has demonstrated how an antibody can help prevent recurrent diseases, offering insight that an antibody-mediated response, raised by vaccines, may be a way to help reduce a primary episode of a C. difficile infection.
“If our vaccine is successful, we could help have a great impact on global health, reducing morbidity and even mortality worldwide,” he says. “I’m confident in our team, who is working tirelessly so that hopefully no one must suffer from these horrible symptoms again.”
Today, Dr. Pride leads a team of scientists responsible for the development, qualification and validation of various assays that support Pfizer’s vaccine programs.
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Pfizer Announces Positive Top-Line Results from Phase 2 Study of Investigational
Clostridium difficile Vaccine for the
Prevention of C. difficile Infection
Pfizer’s C. difficile Vaccine Candidate to Commence Phase 3 Study in First Half of 2017
C. difficile is an Increasing Worldwide Concern Associated with Approximately 29,000 Annual Deaths in the U.S. Alone
On Thursday, January 26, 2017 Pfizer Inc. announced that the Phase 2 study
evaluating the Company’s Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) vaccine
candidate, PF-06425090, provided positive data, based on a pre-planned interim analysis.
The randomized Phase 2 study (NCT02561195) examined the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of the vaccine in healthy adults 65 to 85 years of age. Pfizer’s vaccine candidate is designed to help prevent C. difficile infection (CDI), which can include life-threatening diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis,1 by inducing a functional antibody response capable of neutralizing the two main disease-causing toxins produced by C. difficile (toxins A and B).2
“Despite improved infection control measures, C. difficile disease continues to rise, further augmenting an already urgent public health threat with particular negative impact on older adults,” said Kathrin Jansen, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Vaccine Research and Development for Pfizer Inc. “We are very encouraged by these interim immunogenicity and safety results demonstrating robust increases in vaccine-elicited neutralizing antibodies to both toxins, that we believe could provide protection against C. difficile disease.”
Based on findings from the pre-planned interim analysis, Pfizer’s C. difficile vaccine candidate will progress into Phase 3 in the first half of 2017.
Pfizer’s C. difficile vaccine candidate was granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2014. The FDA’s Fast Track designation is designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of new drugs and vaccines intended to treat or prevent serious conditions and address an unmet medical need.3 About the Phase 2 Study The Phase 2 study (NCT02561195) was a randomized, placebo-controlled, observer-blinded study of more than 850 healthy adults 65-85 years of age, evaluating the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of two dose levels (100 µg and 200 µg) of Pfizer’s C. difficile vaccine candidate on two different three-dose vaccination schedules (Days 1/8/30 and Months 0/1/6). More information about the PF-06425090 Phase 2 study can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov (link is external).
About Clostridium difficile
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a spore-forming pathogen that typically causes symptoms in individuals with altered gut microbial flora, releasing toxins that can result in a range of disease manifestations from asymptomatic colonization to diarrhea, pseudomembranous colitis, toxic megacolon, intestinal perforation, or, in the most severe cases, death.4,5 C. difficile, classified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an urgent public health threat in 2013,6 is the most common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in the healthcare setting and an increasing concern worldwide.7 Responsible for approximately 453,000 U.S. cases (associated with 29,000 deaths) in 2011,8 CDI disproportionately affects older adults, with nearly two-thirds of cases in patients over the age of 65.9 Current treatment options may offer temporary therapeutic improvements, but will not provide long-term protection.10 Up to 25% of patients treated for a first episode of CDI experience a first recurrence of infection, and up to 65% of those patients who experience a first recurrence will experience multiple recurrences.1,11
Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a healthier world
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of January 26, 2017. Pfizer assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as the result of new information or future events or developments. This release contains forward-looking information about a vaccine candidate, PF-06425090, including its potential benefits and the expected timing of commencement of a Phase 3 study, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development, including the ability to meet anticipated clinical trial commencement and completion dates and regulatory submission dates, as well as the possibility of unfavorable clinical trial results, including unfavorable new clinical data and additional analyses of existing clinical data; risks associated with interim data; whether and when any biologics license applications may be filed for PF-06425090; whether and when any such applications may be approved by regulatory authorities, which will depend on the assessment by such regulatory authorities of the benefit-risk profile suggested by the totality of the efficacy and safety information submitted; decisions by regulatory authorities regarding labeling and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of PF-06425090 and competitive developments. A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Pfizer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and in its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q, including in the sections thereof captioned “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Information and Factors That May Affect Future Results,” as well as in its subsequent reports on Form 8-K, all of which are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov (link is external) and www.pfizer.com.
1 Cohen SH et al. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010;31:431-455.
2 Gerding DN and Young VB. Clostridium difficile infection. In: Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 8th ed. Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ (eds). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015.
Listed below you will find information pertaining to organizations who have active clinical trials in progress. Click on each organization’s website listed to review their clinical trial study opportunities — Inquire if you or your loved one qualify to participate in their study.
*Please note: The C Diff Foundation does not endorse any products and/or clinical study in progress. All website postings are strictly for informational purposes only.
Here is a list of Clinical Trial Phases:
Clinical trials are conducted in a series of steps, called phases – each phase is designed to answer a separate research question.
Phase I: Researchers test a new drug or treatment in a small group of people for the first time to evaluate its safety, determine a safe dosage range, and identify side effects.
Phase II: The drug or treatment is given to a larger group of people to see if it is effective and to further evaluate its safety.
Phase III: The drug or treatment is given to large groups of people to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments, and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely.
Phase IV: Studies are done after the drug or treatment has been marketed to gather information on the drug’s effect in various populations and any side effects associated with long-term use.
A global, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the ability of SYN-004 to degrade certain IV beta-lactam antibiotics within the GI tract to maintain the natural balance of the gut microbiome for the prevention of C. difficile infection, C. difficile associated diarrhea and antibiotic-associated diarrhea in patients hospitalized for a lower respiratory tract infection and receiving IV ceftriaxone.
On March 1, 2016: Cdiffense Phase III Trial updates discussed with Doctors of Sanofi PasteurTo listen to the Podcast ~ Click on the Sanofi Pasteur Logo below and enjoy listening to the Sanofi Pasteur “Cdiffense” clinical updates.
Sanofi Pasteur, one of the leading vaccine manufacturers in the world, is in the midst of its Phase III clinical trial called Cdiffense to study its investigational vaccine to prevent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The trial is now in more than 20 countries across 5 continents to evaluate the safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of an investigational vaccine for the prevention of primary, symptomatic CDI. The investigational C. diff vaccine is designed to produce an immune response that targets the toxins generated by C. diff bacteria, which can cause inflammation of the gut. The investigative vaccine ultimately may help prevent a future infection from occurring. Volunteers for the study should be age 50 or older and planning an upcoming hospitalization or have had at least two hospital stays and have received systemic antibiotics in the past year. For more information on the Cdiffense trial, please visit www.cdiffense.org
Da Volterra is a biopharmaceutical company, privately-held and headquartered in Paris (France), focused on the discovery and development of innovative therapeutic and preventive products for Clostridium difficile and multi-resistant infections. Our most advanced product, DAV132, is designed as a prophylactic treatment intended to prevent the development of C. difficile infection, by binding with and neutralizing common antibiotics in the gut.
DAV132 decreases the risk of triggering CDI by inactivating residual antibiotics in the colon
before they can disrupt the bacterial flora, without impacting the systemic efficacy of the antibiotics.
It is noteworthy that DAV132 is developed to accompany all oral and intravenous antibiotics of any class and would therefore significantly reduce the risks to acquire C.difficile infections for patients at risk (especially patients who had prior episodes). We see DAV132 as a real game changer for C.difficile prevention.
Have a look at our video presenting the mechanism of action of DAV132:
The video is highly illustrative of what C.diff is and how C.diff is triggered.
We have already performed 2 clinical trials with DAV132 and we have a very exciting dataset (both preclinical and clinical) suggesting that DAV132 will very effectively prevent C.diff infections. I would be happy to exchange with you more information on this. Our next clinical trial, in patients actually treated with antibiotics and at-risk of C.diff, will start in Q4 2015 or early 2016.
ValnevaAnnounces Start of Phase II Clinical Trial of its Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate
First Study participant(s) enrolled in Phase II trial which aims to enable Phase III entry upon successful completion
Study to enroll 500 healthy subjects aged 50 years and older in the United States and Germany
First results are expected in Q4 2015
Lyon (France), December 18, 2014 – European biotechnology company Valneva SE (“Valneva”) announced today the initiation of the Phase II clinical trial of its VLA84 prophylactic vaccine candidate against Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), the main cause of nosocomial diarrhea. Data from the Phase I study in healthy elderly and adults showed good safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine candidate, and indicated functionality of induced antibodies, supporting the Company`s decision to progress the vaccine
candidate into Phase II
C. diff. Infection (CDI) Treatments On the Horizon
Seres Therapeutics is a clinical-stage therapeutics company focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat diseases of the microbiome. The biology of the microbiome is driven by ecologies—the functional collections of various organisms—which are central to health and disease. Seres is developing Ecobiotic® therapeutics to treat diseases where an abnormal (unhealthy) microbiome is a significant factor in the underlying cause of the disease. Our first clinical program, The ECOSPOR Research study is in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. About The ECOSPOR Research Study Although antibiotics are used to treat recurrent C. difficile infection, most of the time they do not cure C. difficile. In addition, antibiotics continue to wipe out the good bacteria that protect you
against C. difficile. Currently, there are no medications available that can prevent this infection from coming back when your gut is defenseless.
SER-109 is an investigational medicine being developed to prevent recurrent C. difficile from coming back again. The idea is to first treat patients with antibiotics that work against C. difficile so that the diarrhea goes away. Then patients may get SER-109 to keep the C. difficile infection from coming back.
In the ECOSPOR study, doctors will compare SER-109 to a placebo pill, which looks like SER-109. However, the placebo pill will have no medication inside it. Patients will be randomly assigned to receive either SER-109 or placebo. The study is designed to provide more information about the potential safety and effectiveness of SER-109, and will last about 7 months. The results will help doctors and researchers learn whether SER-109 could one day be used to prevent recurrent CDI.
Who Is Eligible For The ECOSPOR Study?
To pre-qualify for this study, a person must:
• Be 18 years of age or older
• Have a history of at least 3 episodes of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) in the last 9 months, including the current episode
• Not have active irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea within the previous 24 months
All study-related visits, tests, and medication will be provided to the study patients at no cost. In addition, reimbursement for time and travel may be provided.
How to Enroll in the study? The ECOSPOR Study is now open for enrollment. It is posted onClinicalTrials.gov.All the sites which are enrolling patients are listed on clinicaltrials.gov, including contact information for the sites. If a doctor in the study thinks you may be a good candidate, you will be given complete information about the study including everything you should know before you join. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find a doctor near you who is involved in the study.
To LISTEN to Dr. Shelley Trucksis, Ph.D., M.D., and Dr. David Cook, Ph.D. discuss “Ecobiotics- A Novel Approach to Recurrent C. difficile infections” Click on the Seres Therapeutics Logo below:
Seres Therapeutics, a leading microbiome therapeutics company, which recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, positive results from an open-label Phase 1b/2 study of SER-109 for the treatment of patients with recurrent C. difficile infections (CDI). Seres Therapeutics is creating a new class of medicines to treat diseases resulting from functional deficiencies in the microbiome, a condition known as dysbiosis. New insights into the human microbiome are fundamentally reshaping how we understand and treat a wide range of diseases, creating new possibilities for patients not served by current therapeutic approaches. Ecobiotics are ecological compositions of beneficial organisms that are designed to reestablish a healthy microbiome. The discovery efforts at Seres Therapeutics currently span metabolic, inflammatory, and infectious diseases. 2016
Summit Therapeutics has reported ‘outstanding’ results in the phase II trial of ridinilazole, its new C.difficile infection (CDI) treatment.
During the trial, the new oral antibiotic significantly outperformed vancomycin, the current standard prescription, which was the primary objective said Summit.
Over two-thirds (66.7%) of those treated showed a sustained clinical response (SCR) against 42.4% for vancomycin.
The statistical superiority was driven by a large numerical reduction in recurrent disease compared with vancomycin, which Summit said was key as recurrence is one of the hardest things to stop.
C.difficile or CDI is a growing danger for patients in hospital, care homes and the wider community.
Annually, there are between 450,000 and 700,000 cases in the US alone, with the elderly and sick especially vulnerable.
One study has suggested it costs US $4.8bn to treat these people.
“The healthcare community is acutely aware of the major threat CDI poses, particularly given widespread antibiotic use and our aging population,” said Glyn Edwards, Summit’s chief executive.
The biggest unmet need in CDI treatment is reduce recurring cases, he added and the results from the latest trial had exceeded its ‘wildest expectations’.
“These outstanding clinical data from CoDIFy strongly support the profile of ridinilazole as a narrow spectrum antibiotic.
“There is a vital need for potent new antibiotics, and the potential of ridinilazole has attracted great interest.
Edwards added that the results from the CoDIFy trial were exceptionally encouraging and the aim no is to advance ridinilazole into Phase 3 clinical trials.
Here, the company would evaluate partnership opportunities against the benefit of it forward itself, he added.
Professor Mark Wilcox, at Leeds University and Public Health England’s lead consultant on C.difficile added that the latest data indicated ridinilazole could become an important new treatment option for CDI with the potential to reduce the high rates of recurrent disease that remain a key clinical challenge.
CoDIFy was a double blind, randomised, active controlled, multicentre, Phase II clinical trial that evaluated the efficacy of ridinilazole against vancomycin in 100 patients in the US and Canada.
Results from a second CoFIFy trail are due next year, though Edwards said the results announced today would provide the bulk of the quantitative data.
ridinilazole has already received Qualified Infectious Disease Product, or QIDP, designation and has been granted Fast Track status from the US Food and Drug Administration
Rebiotix Inc. is a clinical stage biotechnology company founded to revolutionize the treatment of debilitating diseases by harnessing the power of the human microbiome. Microbiota Restoration Therapy (MRT) is the company’s platform for delivering live microbes into a sick patient’s intestinal tract to treat disease.
PUNCH CD is the name of Rebiotix’s clinical program to assess the safety and efficacy of RBX2660 for the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection. It is the most advanced human clinical program evaluating a microbiota-based drug conducted in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with the goal of developing and commercializing a new therapy to treat patients with recurrent episodes of C. diff. infection. Rebiotix has completed enrollment its PUNCH CD 2 study and continues to assess the safety and efficacy of RBX2660.
PUNCH CD 2
Rebiotix has completed enrollment in its PUNCH CD 2 study, a Phase 2B multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate RBX2660 for the treatment of recurrent C. diff. infection. A total of 117 patients recruited at more than 20 sites in the U.S. and Canada were enrolled in the study, which is the largest randomized controlled study of a MRT for recurrent C. diff. to date.
In this study, the patients received either the microbiota-based drug or a placebo via enema. Neither the doctor nor the patients knew what treatment was received in order to get an unbiased measurement of the drug’s true effectiveness. If a patient’s C. diff. infection symptoms returned, even if they were in the placebo arm of the study, they may have been eligible to receive RBX2660. This is referred to as the open-label portion of the study.
The PUNCH CD study, which was a Phase 2 open label safety and preliminary efficacy study of RBX2660, was successfully completed in July 2014. An open label study means everyone enrolled in the study got the treatment and it is generally the first phase of a new product development program. The study demonstrated a success rate of 87% for those treated with no serious adverse events related to either the product or the method of delivery.
Rebiotix is currently exploring the feasibility of an oral formulation, RBX7455, for the prevention of C. diff.
In addition, Rebiotix is leveraging their years of knowledge and experience to develop MRT applications for other conditions that result from disruption of the gut microbiota.
Merck & Co. will file the first antibacterial monoclonal antibody by the end of 2015, the company says.
bezlotoxumab was successful in two Phase III trials against the recurrence of
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection when combined with antibiotics.
Merck plans to file new drug applications for the monoclonal antibody in the US, Canada and EU by the end of the year. Currently, there are no therapies approved for the prevention of recurrent disease caused by C. difficile.
Bezlotoxumab’s approval would also make it the first antibody to treat bacterial infection.
Scientists say mAbs would have benefits over small molecule antibiotics because they are less likely to drive antimicrobial resistance and are administered less frequently. “Results of these studies showed that a single, one-time infusion of the antitoxin bezlotoxumab given with standard of care C. difficile antibiotic treatment significantly reduced the recurrence of C. difficile infection compared to standard of care alone, and demonstrated this benefit over a 12-week period,” said lead investigator Mark Wilcox of the University of Leeds, UK. “These results were also demonstrated in patient subgroups known to be at high risk for C. difficile recurrence.”
C. difficile toxin B can damage the gut wall and cause inflammation, leading to the symptoms of C. difficile enteritis, which include abdominal pain and watery diarrhea. Bezlotoxumab, a fully-human monoclonal antibody, was developed by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s MassBiologics Laboratory with Medarex (now part of Bristol-Myers Squibb), and licensed to Merck in 2009.
The studies Merck’s studies took more than 1,000 patients each and evaluated them over 12 weeks. Participants received either a single infusion of bezlotoxumab, actoxumab (another mAb designed to fight C. difficile),a combination of the two, or a placebo. The actoxumab arm of the study ended early for efficacy and safety reasons. Both studies had infection recurrence as their primary endpoint – this rate was significantly lower for the bezlotoxumab arms (17.4% and 15.7%) and bezlotoxumab plus actoxumab arms (15.9% and 14.9%), compared to placebos (27.6% and 25.7%). Actoxumab was found not to provide extra benefit on its own or combined with bezlotoxumab, so Merck’s marketing authorisation application is for bezlotoxumab alone.
To Listen to the Podcast — MERCK’s Dr. Nicholas Kartsonis discusses the many contributions of Merck and ongoing research addressing CDI — and the history in addressing infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance. Dr. Nick Kartsonis also discusses the future in the area of C. diff. and some of the company’s current treatments, including DIFICID and their ongoing research addressing CDI Click on the MERCK Logo Above *
DIFICID (fidaxomicin) is currently FDA approved to treat Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) in adult patients 18 years of age and older.
Currently, clinical trials are ongoing to assess the efficacy and safety of DIFICID, in either a tablet and oral suspension formulation, in pediatric patients with CDAD. ** In addition, DIFICID is currently in clinical trials to determine the efficacy of use as a prophylaxis against CDAD in adult patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT).
XBiotech is a biotech company located in Austin, Texas and was founded on the concept of the “True Human Antibody”. Antibodies are specialized proteins, which are produced by the immune system. Their function is to bind to a very specific target, such as a virus or bacteria, and aid in the elimination of these targets by the immune system. Monoclonal antibodies were developed as a class of drug, which use the specific targeting function of the antibody to target substances that cause disease. Currently approved monoclonal antibodies however, are developed in the laboratory or in mice. XBiotech’s approach is to isolate antibodies that are present naturally in healthy human donors, and develop these into products that can be used to treat disease. We believe that antibodies isolated from humans, will be safer and will function better than so called antibodies marketed as “fully human”, which are in fact engineered.
Over the past decade, Clostridium difficile (C. diff) has emerged as a significant public health threat. In fact, the CDC has designated it as an “Urgent threat level.”
In October 2015, XBiotech announced it had set out to develop a first-in-class oral monoclonal antibody against C. diff infection. Just two weeks after this announcement, the Company reported it had already identified positive blood samples for anti-clostridium difficile antibodies after screening blood donations from healthy volunteers.
XBiotech’s plans to develop an antibody therapy that directly targets and neutralizes the bacteria. The Company intends to deliver the therapy orally, targeting C. diff in the gastrointestinal tract, where the antibody could reduce the bacteria’s ability to establish debilitating or life threatening infections.
Click on the XBiotech LOGO to the left to listen to the February 2016 XBiotech Podcast which introduces XBiotech, developer of True Human(TM) therapeutic antibodies. XBiotech has an exciting pipeline of product candidates in various areas of medicine. The Company recently announced the launch of a research and development program to develop a first-in-class oral monoclonal antibody against Clostridium difficile (C.difficile) infection. The Company will discuss the need for an effective C.difficile therapy, their novel approach to treating the disease as well as efficiency in their manufacturing technology. Join guests: Dr. Michael Stecher, Medical Director, Dr. Sushma Shivaswamy, Vice President of Research and Development, and Kelly Thornburg, Senior Vice President of Operations, as they discuss how XBiotech is pioneering a new era in the discovery and development of targeted antibodies therapeutics.
US Pfizer said Thursday that its investigational Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) vaccine candidate, PF-06425090, had obtained Fast Track status from the US FDA.The vaccine is presently in Phase II clinical development. It is intended for the prevention of C. difficile associated disease, which may include life-threatening diarrhoea and pseudomembranous colitis.
There is currently no vaccine available to prevent C. difficile- associated disease. There are about 250,000 cases of C. difficile- associated disease in the USA, leading to nearly 14,000 deaths annually, senior VP of Pfizer Vaccine R&D, Dr. Emilio Emini, noted.
C. difficile is a spore-forming, Gram-positive anaerobic bacillus producing two exotoxins, toxin A and toxin B. It is a common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) and accounts for 15-25% of all episodes of AAD.