NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amorcyte, a company of NeoStem, Inc. (NYSE MKT:NBS) ("NeoStem" or the "Company"), a rapidly emerging market leader in the fast growing cell therapy market, today announced that it received on August 9, 2012 approval to continue its PreSERVE AMI Phase 2 clinical trial following its first interim data and safety review by the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB). The PreSERVE trial is a Phase 2, randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind study expected to include 160 patients at more than 40 clinical sites. The trial's product candidate, AMR-001, is designed to prevent major adverse cardiac events following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Patient enrollment for the PreSERVE trial began in January 2012 and the Company anticipates completing enrollment in 2013 with six months initial data readout near the end of 2013.
"We are pleased that, similar to our Phase 1 trial, the first external review of our Phase 2 trial data confirms that there are no safety signals that would preclude the trial from continuing as planned," said Andrew L. Pecora, M.D. FACP CPE, Chief Medical Officer of NeoStem. "The PreSERVE AMI study to date indicates that multiple National Study sites are capable of acquiring the necessary volume of bone marrow to create the AMR-001 product five to seven days after an AMI in a safe and practical manner, and once created the product can be delivered and administered without a safety signal."
NeoStem management believes that cell therapy is a disruptive technology in the $50 billion worldwide regenerative medicine market. Many key opinion leaders in the scientific, medical and investment communities consider AMR-001 to be best in class. Peak annual worldwide sales of AMR-001 for this indication could exceed $1 billion based upon a conservative market penetration of its qualified target patient population. AMR-001 is protected by two issued and multiple pending U.S. patents with corresponding patent coverage in selected markets around the world. The Amorcyte AMR-001 product development program also extends to congestive heart failure (CHF). The Company is preparing to launch its CHF Phase 1 clinical trials in early 2013. The worldwide CHF patient population is estimated to be four times larger than that of AMI.