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Basilea announces conclusion of BAL30072 phase I multiple ascending dose
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Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (SWISS: BSLN)
announced today that it has concluded the second phase I study with its
sulfactam antibiotic BAL30072 for the potential treatment of life-
multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections.
Basilea has completed the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled
ranging study in healthy volunteers assessing the pharmacokinetics, safety
tolerability of BAL30072 after multiple ascending doses of intravenous
infusions. The drug was clinically well tolerated with no significant
adverse events. The limiting factor for the highest dose regimen tested was
transiently elevated liver enzyme levels.
"Having established the maximum dose of this particular dosing regimen we
now optimize alternative dosing regimens including combinations. Co-
administration of BAL30072 with other antibiotics such as the penem class
follows the observation that combinations extend the excellent spectrum of
activity of BAL30072 against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections,
involving Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and Enterobacteriaceae even further,"
Prof. Achim Kaufhold, Chief Medical Officer of Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd.
The multiple ascending dose study was initiated following the successful
completion of the single ascending dose phase I trial, in which BAL30072
well tolerated and displayed dose-proportional pharmacokinetic properties.
Following the analyses of the pharmacokinetic data obtained in the
ascending dose study and the completion of ongoing preclinical studies such
PK/PD modeling in animals, Basilea plans to expand the phase I program in
to include studies evaluating additional dosing regimens of BAL30072 mono
combination therapies in preparation to entering phase II studies of
patients with Gram-negative infections in 2013.
BAL30072 is a novel sulfactam antibiotic that in in vitro and in vivo
demonstrated potent bactericidal activity against a broad range of
resistant Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas or Acinetobacter
It overcomes bacterial resistance by several mechanisms and is not easily
destroyed by bacterial beta-lactamase enzymes, such as extended-spectrum
lactamases (ESBLs), carbapenemases and the recently characterized New Delhi
metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1), which cause resistance against many
Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and
the SIX Swiss Exchange (SWISS: BSLN). Basilea Pharmaceutica International's
integrated research and development operations are focused on antibiotics,
antifungals and oncology drugs, as well as on the development of
drugs, targeting the medical challenge of resistance and non-response to
treatment options in the hospital and specialty care setting.
Basilea is currently marketing Toctino® (alitretinoin), the only
treatment for adults with severe chronic hand eczema unresponsive to potent
topical corticosteroids, in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway,
Switzerland and the United Kingdom and has appointed distributors for
in other selected European markets, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the Republic
Korea. A phase III clinical program on alitretinoin for the treatment of
chronic hand eczema is ongoing in the U.S.
For its phase III compound isavuconazole, a potential best-in-class azole
antifungal for the treatment of life-threatening invasive fungal
company has entered into a license, co-development and co-promotion
with Astellas Pharma Inc.
In addition, Basilea is developing ceftobiprole, a late-stage novel anti-
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) broad-spectrum cephalosporin
antibiotic, for the first-line treatment of potentially life-threatening
resistant bacterial infections. Ceftobiprole has a broad coverage of both
positive bacteria, including MRSA, and many clinically important Gram-
bacteria such as Pseudomonas spp.
Basilea's BAL30072, a novel antibiotic for the treatment of resistant Gram-
negative infections, and the oncology drug BAL101553 for the treatment of
resistant cancers are in phase I clinical testing.
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