Vance G. Fowler, M.D., Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Duke University to Present New Data from the Exebacase Phase 2 Study
YONKERS, New York, April 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ContraFect Corporation (CFRX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of biologic therapies for life-threatening, drug-resistant infectious diseases, today announced that Dr. Vance Fowler will present new data from the Phase 2 study of exebacase (CF-301) at a late-breaker session at the 29th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) to be held from April 13-16, 2019, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ContraFect will also deliver an oral presentation of novel data from its lysin program targeting resistant Gram-negative (GN) pathogens, which demonstrate the potential for lysins to re-sensitize carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) to both meropenem and imipenem. In addition, the Company will present new data demonstrating the potent activity of exebacase against Staphylococcus epidermidis (Staph epidermidis) in synovial fluid. ContraFect will also present an overview of its discovery research programs targeting resistant GN bacteria as one of eight companies invited to the Pipeline Talk session.
“In January of this year, we established proof-of-concept for our first lysin candidate with positive topline data from our Phase 2 trial of exebacase. We are pleased to have new data from Phase 2 presented by Dr. Fowler, the Principle Investigator of the study, at an oral late-breaking session. We are excited to present new data showing the ability of our GN lysins to re-sensitize carbapenem-resistant strains of P. aeruginosa to meropenem and imipenem in vitro. In addition, we will be presenting new data demonstrating exebacase’s potent bactericidal and anti-biofilm activity in synovial fluid against Staph epidermidis, an important pathogen in bone and joint infections. The activity of exebacase in synovial fluid is highly encouraging as we consider the potential additional applications of lysin therapeutics,” said Cara Cassino, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at ContraFect.
Presentation Title: Lysin GN123 re-sensitizes carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa to imipenem
Session Day & Time: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:48 p.m. – 1:53 p.m. CEST
Presentation Number: # O0200
Session Title: Antibacterial activity of unusual combinations
Presentation Title: Lysin exebacase (CF-301) exhibits potent bactericidal activity in human synovial fluid against biofilm-forming Staph epidermidis isolates
Oral Presentation Day & Time: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CEST
Presentation Number: #P0528
Session Title: Biofilm eradication strategies
The Pipeline Corner: The moderated session will feature a discussion of ContraFect’s early R&D pipeline and presentation.
Session Day & Time: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. CEST
Session Title: Pipeline Talk
Presentation Title: Exebacase (Lysin CF-301) improved clinical responder rates in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia including endocarditis compared to standard of care antibiotics alone in a first-in patient Phase 2 study
Oral Presentation Day & Time: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 11:24 a.m. – 11:34 a.m. CEST
Presentation Number: # L0012
Session Title: Recent clinical trials
ContraFect is a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing differentiated biologic therapies for life-threatening, drug-resistant infectious diseases, particularly those treated in hospital settings. An estimated 700,000 deaths worldwide each year are attributed to antimicrobial-resistant infections. We intend to address life threatening infections using our therapeutic product candidates from our lysin platform and through the use of other novel agents. Lysins are a new therapeutic class of bacteriophage-derived, recombinantly produced, antimicrobial proteins with a novel mechanism of action associated with the rapid killing of target bacteria, eradication of biofilms and synergy with conventional antibiotics. We believe that the properties of our lysins will make them suitable for targeting antibiotic-resistant organisms, such as Staphylococcus aureus (“Staph aureus”) and P. aeruginosa, which can cause serious infections such as bacteremia, pneumonia and osteomyelitis. Our lead lysin candidate, exebacase (CF-301) is completing a Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of Staph aureus bacteremia, including endocarditis and is the first lysin to enter clinical studies in the U.S.
About Exebacase (CF-301):
Exebacase (CF-301) is a recombinantly-produced lysin (cell wall hydrolase enzyme) with potent bactericidal activity against Staph aureus, a major cause of blood stream infections (BSIs) also known as bacteremia. Exebacase has the potential to be a first-in-class treatment for Staph aureus bacteremia. It has a novel, rapid, and specific mechanism of bactericidal action against Staph aureus. By targeting a conserved region of the cell wall that is vital to bacteria, resistance is less likely to develop to exebacase. In addition, in vitro and in vivo experiments have shown that exebacase is highly active against biofilms which complicate Staph aureus infections. Exebacase was licensed from The Rockefeller University and is being developed at ContraFect.
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