TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 28, 2023 / Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq:EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on inflammatory and immune-related diseases, announced the preprint publication of favorable data from a Phase 2 substudy of critically ill patients with a severe form of respiratory disease called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Approximately 10% of all intensive care admissions are ARDS related.
The formal manuscript available today in preprint consists, in part, of mortality rates from critically ill patients who received mechanical ventilation plus additional organ support, including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) therapy, and who were hospitalized for SARS-CoV2-related respiratory disease during the pandemic. Among the findings, a survival analysis using Cox's Proportional Hazard Model demonstrated that patients treated with EB05 (paridiprubart) plus standard of care had an 84% reduction in the risk of dying when compared to placebo plus standard of care at 28 days. Edesa previously released summarized study results and the preprint manuscript is the first-time that the detailed data is available with supporting tables, listings, figures and references.
Par Nijhawan, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Edesa, said the data demonstrate a statistically significant and clinically meaningful trend for mortality and survival time for all randomized subjects in the critically ill substudy. "We believe these promising results in one of the most difficult-to-treat populations are encouraging as we explore the therapy's broader potential utility."
Paridiprubart represents a new class of emerging therapies called Host-Directed Therapeutics (HDTs) that are designed to modulate the body's own immune response when confronted with infectious diseases or even chemical agents. Importantly, these therapies are designed to work across multiple infectious diseases and threats, and could be stockpiled preemptively ahead of outbreaks. Because they are threat agnostic, HDTs like paridiprubart have the potential to become standard of care in ICUs and critical countermeasures for both pandemic preparedness and biodefense.
Based in part on these data, the company initiated a Phase 3 study, and has received a Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A preprint manuscript, titled "A Phase 2, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center trial sub-study for the clinical effects of paridiprubart treatment in hospitalized critically ill patients with COVID-19 ARDS," is published on medRxiv at https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2023.09.21.23295853v1
ARDS involves an exaggerated immune response leading to inflammation and injury to the lungs that prevents the lungs from oxygenating blood and ultimately deprives the body of oxygen. For moderate to severe cases, there are currently few meaningful treatments, other than supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilation, and patients suffer high mortality rates. In addition to virus-induced pneumonia, ARDS can be caused by smoke/chemical inhalation, sepsis, chest injury and other causes. Prior to Covid-19, ARDS accounted for 10% of intensive care unit admissions, representing more than 3 million patients globally each year.
About EB05 (paridiprubart)
Paridiprubart is a first-in-class monoclonal antibody developed for acute and chronic disease indications that involve dysregulated innate immune responses. This host-directed therapeutic (HDT) candidate inhibits toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), a key immune signaling protein that has been shown to be activated both by viruses, like SARS-CoV2, SARS-CoV1 and Influenza, as well as in the pathogenesis of chronic autoimmune diseases.
About Edesa Biotech, Inc.
Edesa Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDSA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative ways to treat inflammatory and immune-related diseases. The company's most advanced drug candidate is EB05 (paridiprubart), a monoclonal antibody developed for acute and chronic disease indications that involve dysregulated innate immune responses. Edesa is currently evaluating EB05 in a Phase 3 study as a potential treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening form of respiratory failure. In addition, Edesa is developing an sPLA2 inhibitor, EB01 (daniluromer), as a topical treatment for chronic Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD), a common occupational skin condition. The company has also received regulatory approval to conduct a Phase 2 trial of its EB06 monoclonal antibody as a treatment for vitiligo, a life-altering autoimmune disease that causes skin to lose its color in patches. Edesa is also planning to file an investigational new drug application for a future Phase 2 study of paridiprubart for systemic sclerosis (scleroderma), an autoimmune rheumatic disorder that causes fibrosis, (scarring/hardening) of skin and internal organs such as the lungs, heart and kidneys. Sign up for news alerts. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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