Zalicus Completes Patient Enrollment In Phase 2b Clinical Trial Of Synavive In Rheumatoid Arthritis
Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLCS), a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and
develops novel treatments for patients suffering from pain and
immuno-inflammatory diseases, today announced it has completed
Zalicus Inc. (NASDAQ: ZLCS), a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops novel treatments for patients suffering from pain and immuno-inflammatory diseases, today announced it has completed enrollment with 292 patients enrolled in the SYNERGY trial, a Phase 2b clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Synavive®, a low-dose glucocorticoid with the potential for amplified immuno-inflammatory benefits, in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Top-line results of the clinical trial are expected to be available in the third quarter of 2012. "The completion of patient enrollment in SYNERGY is an important milestone for Zalicus. We are grateful to the investigators and patients for participating in this study and look forward to reporting top-line results in the third quarter of 2012," commented Mark H.N. Corrigan, MD, President and CEO of Zalicus. “Synavive has already demonstrated early and encouraging signs of clinical efficacy in RA in a previously completed Phase 2a study with statistically significant improvements in ACR20 and DAS28 scores compared to placebo." Study Design and Objectives The Phase 2b clinical trial titled SYNERGY (SYNavivE for Reducing signs and sYmptoms of rheumatoid arthritis trial), is a 12-week, five-arm, global, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Synavive as a treatment for the signs and symptoms of RA in subjects with moderate to severe disease. The trial is being conducted in up to 60 centers throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. The primary objective of the trial is to evaluate Synavive efficacy compared to placebo, while key additional secondary objectives include evaluating the efficacy of Synavive compared to its individual components (2.7mg of Prednisolone and 360mg of Dipyramidamole) as well as how Synavive performs in comparison to 5mg of Prednisone. Subjects who complete the core SYNERGY trial are eligible to participate in a one-year extension study designed to investigate the long-term safety and durability of response for Synavive. To learn more about the SYNERGY trial please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov. About Synavive Synavive is a novel product candidate designed to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of glucocorticoids, without associated dose-dependent side effects. Synavive contains the cardiovascular agent dipyridamole and a very low dose of the glucocorticoid prednisolone and has been designed for once-daily use in a unique fixed-dose, aligned release, oral formulation. Synavive is thought to act through a novel multi-target mechanism of action in which dipyridamole synergistically and selectively amplifies prednisolone's anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities by inhibiting key cell mediators of inflammation. In prior proof-of-concept clinical trials, Synavive demonstrated a powerful anti-inflammatory effect in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) and was generally well-tolerated. Synavive is currently in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Beyond RA, Synavive has potential in other steroid-responsive diseases such as polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), lupus (SLE), ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's as well as a potential replacement of NSAIDs and COXIB's in osteoarthritis.
Zalicus (ZLCS) soared Wednesday after the biopharmaceutical company announced it would merge with Epirus Biopharmaceuticals. After the all-stock transaction closes, Zalicus will be known as Epirus and will operate under the latter company's management team led by Amit Munshi as president and CEO. Current Zalicus stockholders will own approximately 19% of the company. The merger will create a publicly-traded company listed on the NASDAQ.