Motif Bio plc (LON:MTFB), the clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specialising in developing novel antibiotics, today announced positive topline results from REVIVE-2, a global Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating the investigational drug candidate iclaprim in patients with acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI).
Iclaprim achieved the primary endpoint of non-inferiority (NI) (10% margin) compared to vancomycin, the current standard of care, at the early time point (ETP), 48 to 72 hours after the start of administration of the study drug, in the intent-to-treat (ITT) patient population. Iclaprim also achieved NI (10% margin) at the test of cure (TOC) endpoint, 7 to 14 days after study drug discontinuation, in the ITT patient population.
|ETP||Early Clinical Response (ECR)*||231 (78.3%)||234 (76.7%)||1.58|
|(primary endpoint)||(-5.10, 8.26)|
|TOC||Clinical cure||230 (78.0%)||237 (77.7%)||0.26|
|*>20% reduction of lesion area at 48-72 hours|
In an analysis of a pre-specified secondary endpoint, 54.6% of patients receiving iclaprim demonstrated resolution or near resolution at end of therapy (EOT), compared to 55.4% of patients receiving vancomycin (treatment difference: -0.83%, 95% CI: -8.80% to 7.13%). In another pre-specified secondary endpoint analysis, using a modified clinical cure TOC endpoint defined by a >90% reduction in lesion size at TOC, no increase in lesion size since ETP and no requirement for additional antibiotics, clinical cure was seen in 71.9% of patients receiving iclaprim and 70.5% of patients receiving vancomycin (treatment difference: 1.37%, 95% CI: -5.88% to 8.62%).
Graham Lumsden, Chief Executive Officer of Motif Bio Plc commented: “With the positive results announced today from REVIVE-2, we have now successfully completed the two required Phase 3 trials in ABSSSI and plan to submit an NDA to the U.S. FDA by the end of the first quarter of 2018. This is a testament to the incredible efforts of our team at Motif who have worked tirelessly to get us to this stage. We believe that these results validate our belief in iclaprim as a potential new antibiotic candidate for patients with serious and life-threatening infections. I thank the patients and clinicians who participated in this important study.
“We believe that iclaprim, if approved, could be an important option for patients with ABSSSI, especially for those patients who may also have kidney disease, with or without diabetes. It is estimated that up to 26% of the 3.6 million ABSSSI patients hospitalised annually in the U.S. have kidney disease. Unlike current standard of care antibiotics, in clinical trials to date, kidney toxicity has not been observed with iclaprim and dosage adjustment has not been required in patients with renal impairment. Iclaprim may be an important option for the growing population of patients with ABSSSI and kidney disease who need a safe and effective antibiotic targeting Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA.”
G. Ralph Corey, MD, Vice Chair for Education and Global Health, School of Medicine Gary Hock Professor, Global Health Director, Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health, Duke University School of Medicine and principal investigator of the REVIVE-2 study, said: “ABSSSI is a serious infection for which patients are frequently hospitalized for several days. Many of these patients have co-morbidities, such as renal impairment and diabetes. For these patients in particular, there is an urgent need for better treatment options. With the strong efficacy and safety results from REVIVE-2, including no renal toxicity, as well as fixed dosing, iclaprim, if approved, could be an important new treatment option for these patients.”
REVIVE-2 Overview and Adverse Event (AE) Summary
REVIVE-2 was a 600-patient double-blinded, active-controlled, global trial in patients with ABSSSI that compared the safety and efficacy of an 80mg intravenous dose of iclaprim with a 15mg/kg intravenous dose of vancomycin. Treatments were administered every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days. The trial involved over 40 clinical centres in the U.S., South America and Europe.
Iclaprim was well tolerated in the study, with most adverse events categorized as mild.
|TEAEs (Treatment Emergent Adverse Events)||140 (46.8%)||133 (44.0%)|
|Study drug related TEAEs||42 (14.0%)||39 (12.9%)|
|TEAEs leading to discontinuation of study drug||16 (5.4%)||17 (5.6%)|
|TEAE-related SAEs (Serious AEs)||14 (4.7%)||12 (4.0%)|
Motif Bio plans to present more detailed data from this study at an upcoming scientific forum.
Iclaprim has been designated as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of ABSSSI and hospital acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP), which enables Priority Review following submission of an NDA. If approved, it is anticipated that iclaprim will be eligible to receive 10 years of market exclusivity in the U.S. from the date of approval. The FDA has also granted Fast Track designation for iclaprim.
Conference call details
Motif Bio management will host a conference call regarding this announcement at 8:00 am EDT/1.00 pm BST/2.00 pm CET on 4 October 2017. The call may be accessed as follows:
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A live webcast of the call will be available in the Investors section of the company’s website at www.motifbio.com, and will be archived there for 30 days.
The person responsible for the release of this announcement on behalf of Motif Bio plc is Robert Dickey IV, Chief Financial Officer.