ARCA biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABIO), a biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases, today announced the Steering Committee for GENETIC-AF, the Company’s Phase 2B/3 trial evaluating Gencaro TM (bucindolol hydrochloride) as a potential treatment for atrial fibrillation. The Steering Committee is comprised of experts in the field of cardiology and electrophysiology, particularly in clinical development.
Stuart Connolly, MD, Director of the Division of Cardiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has been appointed Chairman of the Steering Committee. William T. Abraham, MD, Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has been appointed co-Chair of the Steering Committee.
“The Steering Committee of GENETIC-AF provides a balance of atrial fibrillation and heart failure clinical trials expertise, with each member being an expert in one or the other or both,” said Dr. Michael R. Bristow, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARCA. “We are delighted to have Dr. Connolly chair the Steering Committee. He brings a wealth of experience over a distinguished career in the field of electrophysiology, particularly in clinical trials in atrial fibrillation, which makes him a natural fit to help guide the development of Gencaro. Dr. Abraham is also an expert in heart failure clinical investigation and brings a background of leadership in both drug and device trials in chronic heart failure populations. Thus, GENETIC-AF will have the benefit of trial leadership that is at the forefront of both atrial fibrillation and heart failure outcome trials."
“I am honored to participate in the GENETIC-AF trial, an innovative approach to evaluating the potential efficacy of Gencaro as a treatment for atrial fibrillation,” said Dr. Connolly. "Atrial fibrillation is a growing problem where current medical therapy does not provide adequate treatment, particularly in heart failure populations. I look forward to working with the teams at ARCA and Medtronic to advance a potential new treatment for patients at high risk for developing, or living with, atrial fibrillation.”