CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADIL;ADILW) www.adialpharma.com, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of medicines for addiction, today announced a partnership with Catalent Pharma Solutions, a leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products, to advance clinical activities related to AD04, Adial’s genetically targeted, lead investigational new drug product for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (“AUD”). This partnership brings together critical capabilities to allow the commencement of Adial’s planned initial Phase 3 trial, with Catalent providing packaging and distribution.
Based on the clinical experience to date and publicly available databases, Adial believes the genetic prevalence of genotype-positive AUD patients in the United States is about 33%, or about 11 million people, and that the prevalence in Scandinavia and in certain areas of Eastern Europe may be even higher, with possibly more than 50% being genetically positive for treatment with AD04. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed that the Phase 3 trials of AD04 can proceed with enrolling patients that are genotype positive for this Phase 3 trial.
“The FDA’s agreement to allow Adial to structure our Phase 3 trial of AD04 by inclusion of only genotype-positive patients significantly reduces the cost, time and risk as compared with having to enroll patients in the study that are genotype-negative for potential treatment with AD04,” commented William Stilley, CEO of Adial Pharmaceuticals.
Adial plans to commence the initial Phase 3 trial of AD04 in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe during the first half of 2019. Adial selected these geographic areas premised on the expected higher prevalence of genotype positive patients, which will help to reduce the cost, time and risk to achieve Phase 3 results.
Catalent has a robust, global network, with the presence in Europe and the U.S. to provide flexible, integrated clinical supply services for investigational medicinal products. Catalent will be responsible for packaging and distributing AD04 to clinical sites. With additional facilities in the Asia/Pacific region and in Latin America, Catalent provides capabilities that should also be important in the future development of AD04, and for the eventual commercial launch of the product, once approved.
“We look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with Catalent, which will provide critical distribution and logistics support for AD04 in our upcoming Phase 3 trial,” added Mr. Stilley. “With facilities and personnel servicing Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, Catalent is an ideal partner; we believe that its packaging and logistics expertise and GMP facilities are well equipped to support our planned clinical sites. In addition, Catalent brings broad capabilities in the U.S. and globally, which should be important as we seek to expand our clinical development activities and initiate commercialization promptly upon approval.”
“Catalent is pleased to enter this partnership and we look forward to working with Adial as it drives to bring this new drug product to patients for the treatment of alcohol use disorder,” said Paul Hegwood, Catalent’s President of Clinical Supply Services.
Catalent is the leading global provider of advanced delivery technologies and development solutions for drugs, biologics and consumer health products. With more than 85 years serving the industry, Catalent has proven expertise in bringing more customer products to market faster, enhancing product performance and ensuring reliable clinical and commercial product supply. Catalent employs over 11,000 people, including over 1,800 scientists, at more than 30 facilities across five continents, and in fiscal 2018 generated approximately $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Catalent is headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, visit www.catalent.com.
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About Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adial Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addictions. The Company’s lead investigational new drug product, AD04, is a genetically targeted therapeutic agent for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (“AUD”). A Phase 2b clinical trial of AD04 for the treatment of AUD showed promising results in reducing frequency of drinking, quantity of drinking and heavy drinking (all with statistical significance), and no overt safety concerns (there were no statistically significant serious adverse events reported). The Company plans to commence a Phase 3 clinical trial using AD04 for the potential treatment of AUD in subjects with certain target genotypes, which are to be identified using the Company’s proprietary companion diagnostic genetic test. AD04 is also believed to have the potential to treat other addictive disorders such as opioid use disorder, gambling, and obesity. www.adialpharma.com
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