Acurx Announces New Ibezapolstat Data on Anti-Recurrence Mechanisms in CDI at Prominent International Conference
- Ibezapolstat, the first of a novel class of antibiotics, DNA polymerase IIIC inhibitors, is currently commencing a Phase 2b clinical trial in patients with CDI
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y., July 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Acurx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq ACXP) ("Acurx" or the "Company"), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of antibiotics for difficult-to-treat bacterial infections, announced today that using specimens from a Phase 1 healthy volunteer trial and a novel analysis technique, beneficial changes potentially predictive of lower risk of CDI (Clostridioides difficile Infection) recurrence were associated with ibezapolstat compared to vancomycin. These results were presented by Dr. Kevin Garey, Professor and Chair, University of Houston College of Pharmacy and the Principal Investigator for microbiome aspects of the clinical trial program for ibezapolstat. The I-Poster and Abstract presented during the World Microbe Forum 2021 virtual conference held June 20-24, 2021 was entitled: OMICS Evaluation of the Gram-positive Selective Spectrum (GPSS) Antibiotic, ibezapolstat, using Phase 1 Clinical Samples, Predicts a Possible Anti-recurrence Effect in Future Clostridioides difficile Infection Studies.
This novel OMICS approach which is a comprehensive study to characterize and quantify biological molecules to better understand structure, function and dynamics of an organism or organism community, involved both microbiome analysis using shotgun metagenomics sequencing and determination of bile acid concentrations and may enable better and earlier prediction of anti-CDI recurrence effects for antibiotics in the clinical development pipeline. This hypothesis will be tested in the Phase 2b trial of ibezapolstat in the treatment of patients with CDI. According to Dr. Garey, "Ibezapolstat's unique spectrum of activity targeting low G+C content Gram-positive bacteria, which includes C. difficile, spares the important Actinobacteria phylum; while at the same time killing C. difficile but not other Firmicutes necessary for maintaining a healthy microbiome." He also stated "Similarly, ibezapolstat's effect on bile acids is dramatically different than that seen with vancomycin and may emerge as another factor that predicts an anti-recurrence effect. Having such potentially predictive data so early in development could create a new paradigm for CDI drug development."
Robert J. DeLuccia, Executive Chairman of Acurx, stated, "We are very excited by these results showing a very distinctive microbiome signature which enhances the population of Actinobacteria without promoting Proteobacteria overgrowth, suggesting the potential for ibezapolstat to have a "restorative" effect on the microbiome." He further stated that "Additional data from our recently completed Phase 2a clinical trial in CDI patients using the same analytics will be forthcoming and are expected to validate the hypothesis as well as give us further confidence of a successful outcome in our Phase 2b trial planned to start later this year."
About the Study Data and Analysis.
About Clostridioides Difficile Infection (CDI). According to the 2017 Update (published February 2018) of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for C. difficile Infection by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Society or Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), CDI remains a significant medical problem in hospitals, in long-term care facilities and in the community. C. difficile is one of the most common causes of health care-associated infections in U.S. hospitals (Lessa, et al, 2015, New England Journal of Medicine). Recent estimates suggest C. difficile approaches 500,000 infections annually in the U.S. and is associated with approximately 20,000 deaths annually. (Guh, 2020, New England Journal of Medicine). Based on internal estimates, the recurrence rate of two of the three antibiotics currently used to treat CDI is between 20% and 40% among approximately 150,000 patients treated. We believe the annual incidence of CDI in the U.S. approaches 600,000 infections and a mortality rate of approximately 9.3%.
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This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the potential of Ibezapolstat, Acurx's future expectations, plans and prospects, including without limitation, Acurx's expectations regarding its growth, strategy, progress and timing of its clinical trials, the potential of its antibiotics, and its intellectual property protection. The use of words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "project," "intend," "future," "potential," or "continue," and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations of future events and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those set forth in or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the possibility that data from clinical trials will be inconsistent with the data observed in subsequent clinical trials, whether ibezapolstat will benefit from the QIDP designation, whether ibezapolstat will advance through the clinical trial process on a timely basis, whether the results of the clinical trials of ibezapolstat will warrant the submission of applications for marketing approval, and if so, whether ibezapolstat will receive approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration or equivalent foreign regulatory agencies where approval is sought, whether, if ibezapolstat obtains approval, it will be successfully distributed and marketed, competition from third parties that are developing products for similar uses, Acurx's ability to obtain, maintain and protect its intellectual property, Acurx's dependence on third parties for development and manufacture of product candidates including to supply any clinical trials, Acurx's ability to manage expenses and to obtain additional funding when needed to support its business activities and establish and maintain strategic business alliances and new business initiatives, and the impacts of public health pandemics such as COVID-19 on business operations including its clinical trials. Additional detailed information concerning a number of the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this release is readily available in Acurx's publicly filed Registration Statement on Form S-1 and will also be included in quarterly, annual and other reports. Acurx disclaims any obligation to update developments of these risk factors or to announce publicly any revision to any of the forward-looking statements contained in this release, or to make corrections to reflect future events or developments.
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