EDISON, N.J., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ContraVir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRV), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies, today announced positive top-line results from a recently completed Phase 1b multiple ascending dose clinical safety study of CMX157, ContraVir's novel, highly potent lipid conjugate of tenofovir in development for treating hepatitis B (HBV) infection.
Data from the Phase 1b study demonstrate that CMX157 was safe and well tolerated by healthy volunteers in all five dosing groups, receiving up to 100 mg orally per day. In addition to demonstrating an excellent safety profile in volunteers, plasma levels of CMX157 and tenofovir showed a favorable, dose-dependent pharmacokinetic profile. Consistent with the liver-targeted character of this prodrug, CMX157 rapidly disappeared from the circulation, with a half-life ranging from 1-2 hours, while plasma tenofovir levels remained low. There was no evidence of accumulation of either CMX157 or tenofovir in this 14-day study. These pharmacokinetic results are consistent with the anticipated improved safety profile of CMX157 compared to tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF, Gilead's Viread®).
"With the completion of our Phase 1b study, we have confirmed that CMX157 is safe and well tolerated at doses up to 100 mg per day, adding to its robust clinical safety profile," said James Sapirstein, CEO of ContraVir. "We've also demonstrated a human pharmacokinetic profile that is consistent with our expectations and potentially predictive of antiviral activity. We are looking forward to confirming these important attributes of CMX157 in our ongoing head-to-head Phase 2a study."
Taken together with CMX157's potent in vitro anti-HBV activity, the results from this Phase 1b trial support continued dosing of CMX157 in ContraVir's ongoing 28-day Phase 2a study. This head-to-head clinical study is expected to show favorable safety and pharmacokinetic results in HBV-infected patients, and evaluate the antiviral activity of CMX157 compared to Viread. The study is investigating low doses of CMX157 (up to 100 mg per day), which is anticipated to deliver lower blood levels of tenofovir compared with TDF (dosed at a standard 300 mg per day). These lower doses of CMX157 are anticipated to result in equal, or better, antiviral efficacy than TDF, but demonstrate potentially fewer treatment-related side effects.
The Phase 2a multiple ascending dose clinical trial will enroll 60 treatment-naïve patients with chronic HBV infection to compare CMX157 to TDF. The sequential dose escalation consists of 10 patients per cohort receiving four weeks of a once-daily dose of either 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 mg of CMX157, and two patients per cohort receiving 300 mg of TDF, the standard dose of Viread®.
About ContraVir Pharmaceuticals
ContraVir is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of targeted antiviral therapies with a specific focus on developing a potentially curative therapy for hepatitis B virus (HBV). The Company is developing two novel anti-HBV compounds with complementary mechanisms of action: CMX157, a highly potent analog of the successful antiviral drug tenofovir currently in Phase 2a, which has demonstrated the potential for low, once a day dosing compared to Viread® and decreased systemic exposure, thereby potentially reducing renal and bone side effects; and CRV431, a next generation cyclophilin inhibitor with a unique structure that increases its potency and selective index against HBV. ContraVir is also developing FV-100, an orally available nucleoside analogue prodrug for the treatment of herpes zoster, or shingles, in a Phase 3 clinical trial. In addition to direct antiviral activity, FV-100 has demonstrated the potential to reduce the incidence of debilitating shingles-associated pain known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) in a Phase 2 clinical study. For more information visit www.contravir.com.
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