Isotechnika Inc. Enrolls First Patient In European/Canadian Phase III Psoriasis Clinical Trial
EDMONTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Isotechnika Inc. announced today that the Company has enrolled its first patient in a pivotal Phase III European/Canadian clinical trial for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis with its lead immunosuppressive drug, ISA247.
The Phase III European/Canadian psoriasis trial (ESSENCE trial) will be performed at thirty-six clinical centers in Canada, Germany, and Poland involving a total of 500 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis. The 24-week trial will be conducted as a randomized, orally administered placebo and cyclosporine controlled study with 300 patients receiving ISA247 (0.4 mg/kg twice daily), 100 patients receiving cyclosporine (1.5 mg/kg twice daily), and 100 patients receiving placebo. In an effort to maximize the benefit to patients randomized to the placebo group, those patients will be administered the ISA247 0.4 mg/kg twice daily dose subsequent to the first 12 weeks of the trial.
To determine successful completion of the trial, the following parameters will be measured; Static Physician's Global Assessment (SPGA) scores, Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) scores and kidney function.
"Enrolling our first patient prior to year-end should facilitate us achieving our psoriasis development timelines," stated Dr. Randall Yatscoff, Isotechnika's President & CEO. "We are confident that ISA247 will continue to demonstrate a strong safety and efficacy profile when directly compared to cyclosporine."
About Isotechnika Inc. ----------------------
Isotechnika Inc. is an international biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Drawing upon its expertise in medicinal chemistry and immunology, the Company is focused on the discovery and development of novel immunosuppressive therapeutics that are safer than currently available treatments. Its entrepreneurial management and world-class team of scientists are building a pipeline of immunosuppressive drug candidates for treatment of autoimmune diseases and for use in the prevention of organ rejection in transplantation. Isotechnika looks to become the leader in development of immunosuppressant therapies.
Isotechnika's lead compound, ISA247 has completed an extension protocol of a Canadian Phase III human clinical trial for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis and a North American Phase IIb human clinical trial for the prevention of kidney graft rejection. The Company also has an additional immunosuppressive compound in its drug pipeline, TAFA93 which successfully completed Phase I clinical trials.
Isotechnika Inc. is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ISA. More information on Isotechnika can be found at www.isotechnika.com.
Partnerships with Isotechnika Inc.
Isotechnika Inc. signed a collaboration agreement with Hoffman La Roche on April 9, 2002, which licensed the worldwide rights to develop and commercialize ISA247 for all transplant indications.
On September 30, 2005, Isotechnika Inc. entered into an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Atrium Medical Corporation for the use of ISA247 and TAFA93 specifically with drug eluting devices for the non-systemic treatment of vascular, cardiovascular, target vessel and tissue disorders.
Isotechnika Inc. and Cellgate Inc. signed an option agreement on April 25, 2006, granting Isotechnika the option to obtain an exclusive license to develop and commercialize conjugates consisting of Cellgate's patented transporter technology for the topical delivery of ISA247 in patients suffering from mild to moderate psoriasis.
On May 25, 2006, Isotechnika Inc. signed an agreement with Lux Biosciences, Inc. of Jersey City, New Jersey granting Lux Biosciences worldwide rights to develop and commercialize Isotechnika's lead drug, ISA247 for the treatment and prophylaxis of all ophthalmic diseases.
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CONTACT: Dr. Randall Yatscoff, President & CEO, Isotechnika Inc., Phone:(780) 487-1600 Ext.246, Fax: 780-484-4105, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org; Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard, Director, CorporateCommunications, Isotechnika Inc., Phone: (780) 909-4661, Fax: (780)484-4105, E-mail: email@example.com