RAANANA, Israel, March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: XTLB, TASE: XTLB.TA) ("XTL" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing its lead product for the treatment of lupus, today announced the appointment of Dr. Daphna Paran, an internal medicine and rheumatology specialist, as Medical Director.
"Dr. Paran has significant experience in the treatment of lupus patients, has published extensively on the subject, and has been involved in several clinical studies in the search for viable treatment options for this difficult disease," said Josh Levine, CEO of XTL. "We are excited to welcome her aboard as our Medical Director as we enter the next phase of developing our lead drug candidate hCDR1 for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Having received encouraging feedback from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on our proposed clinical trial, we are now completing the Phase II protocol design with Dr. Paran's guidance and anticipate initiating the trial in the second half of 2016."
Dr. Paran has over 20 years of rheumatology expertise with a focus on lupus. She is a senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University, the head of the lupus clinic, head of the rheumatology day care unit and the deputy head of the Department of Rheumatology at the Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital). She completed her medical studies at Ben Gurion University, trained in lupus and the antiphospholipid syndrome at the lupus unit, Rayne Institute, St. Thomas' Hospital in London and has published or co-authored over 60 articles in the field of lupus and rheumatology.
"I am privileged to join the team as Medical Director of XTL to lend my experience to the advancement of what I believe to be a very promising lupus drug candidate," stated Dr. Paran. "hCDR1 showed very promising data in the prior Phase 2b trial. If we are able to duplicate these results utilizing well defined primary endpoints in our next clinical study we could have a promising solution to a largely unmet medical need. I and the rest of the medical community in this field are eagerly waiting to learn the efficacy of this drug in the upcoming trial."
hCDR1 is a novel compound with a unique mechanism of action and has clinical data on over 400 patients in three clinical studies. The drug has a favorable safety profile, is well tolerated by patients and has demonstrated efficacy in at least one clinically meaningful endpoint. For more information please see a peer reviewed article in Lupus Science and Medicine journal (full article).
About Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease involving many systems in the human body, including joints, kidneys, central nervous system, heart, hematological system and others. The biologic basis of the disease is a defect in the immune (defense) system, leading to production of self (auto) antibodies, attacking the normal organs and causing irreversible damage. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, at least 1.5 million Americans have the disease (more than 5 million worldwide) with more than 16,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The majority of patients are women of childbearing years. There has been only one drug approved by the FDA in the last 50 years and recently two of the few drugs in advanced development did not meet their primary endpoints in Phase 3 trials.
About XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. (XTL)
XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd., is a clinical-stage biotech company focused on the development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of autoimmune diseases including lupus. The Company's lead drug candidate, hCDR1, is a world-class clinical asset for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). There currently is no effective treatment on the market for SLE. hCDR1 has robust clinical data in three clinical trials with 400 patients and over 200 preclinical studies with data published in more than 40 peer reviewed scientific journals. Based on encouraging safety and efficacy data shown in a completed Phase 2 study, the Company expects to initiate a Phase 2 trial in 2016.
XTL is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market (NASDAQ: XTLB) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE: XTLB.TA). XTL shares are included in the following indices: Tel-Aviv Biomed, Tel-Aviv MidCap, and Tel-Aviv Tech Index.
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