New data from Phase 1b/2a trial included
TSX Exchange Symbol: RVX
HAMBURG, Germany and CALGARY, AB, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Resverlogix Corp. ("Resverlogix" or the "Company") (TSX:RVX) announced today that key scientific data was communicated in an oral presentation highlighting the novel features of the Company's lead drug RVX-208 at the European Atherosclerosis Society Congress (EAS) conference being held in Hamburg, Germany. The presentation titled "RVX-208 given orally raises plasma ApoA-I and HDL in human clinical trials," was presented by Dr. Norman Wong, MD, Chief Scientific Officer of Resverlogix.
"The data presented in Germany today further highlights that patients with low HDL/Apo-Al benefit most. For those patients in the highest risk category, subjects with low baseline HDL/Apo-Al, our data demonstrated that RVX-208 increased plasma levels of Apo-Al in the order of 13.25% compared to placebo. This data, combined with similar low baseline HDL/Apo A-l data analysis of the upcoming ASSERT trial data will further support the design of a very effective and efficient ASSURE trial," said Donald J. McCaffrey, President & CEO of Resverlogix.
Resverlogix recently completed a Phase 2 clinical trial called ASSERT to study RVX-208 an oral small molecule therapy for the treatment of atherosclerosis. The ASSERT trial enrolled subjects with stable coronary artery disease. A second planned Phase 2 trial, designated ASSURE, will include subjects with acute coronary syndrome and coronary artery disease of whom all will be examined with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Both the ASSERT and ASSURE studies are chaired by Dr. Steven Nissen, MD, Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and the principal investigator is Dr. Stephen Nicholls, Medical Director of Intravascular Ultrasound at the Cleveland Clinic.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the US and other developed nations costing the American health care system an estimated $448.5 billion in 2008. According to the American Heart Association's Heart Disease & Stroke Statistics 2010 publication, approximately every 25 seconds an American will have a coronary event and approximately every minute, someone will die from such an event. A key underlying cause of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque in the arteries often referred to as 'hardening of the arteries'.
Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I), the main protein component of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), represents the body's natural defense system against atherosclerosis by mediating reverse cholesterol transport, i.e. transport of peripheral cholesterol including that within the atherosclerotic plaques of the vessel wall to the liver for processing and excretion. In multiple human and animal studies over-expression or repeated infusion of ApoA-I inhibit progression and induce regression of atherosclerosis in animals and humans. Developing small molecules that increase ApoA-I would satisfy a large unmet medical need.
About Resverlogix Corp.
Resverlogix Corp. is a leading biotechnology company engaged in the development of novel therapies for important global medical markets with significant unmet medical needs. The NexVas(TM) PR program is the Company's primary focus which is to develop novel small molecules that enhance ApoA-I. These vital therapies address the burden of atherosclerosis and other important diseases such as Acute Coronary Syndrome, Diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, Peripheral Artery Disease and other vascular disorders. Resverlogix Corp.'s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RVX). For further information please visit www.resverlogix.com.
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