Clinical Trial for Severely Ill COVID-19 Patients is Now Enrolling – Additional Sites Recruited
Germantown, MD, USA (April 23, 2020) – Amarex Clinical Research, LLC, an NSF International company, received a Safe to Proceed letter from the U.S. FDA to conduct a Phase 2b/3 clinical trial of CytoDyn’s product leronlimab (PRO 140) as a treatment for severely ill COVID-19 patients. The Safe to Proceed letter came after considerable communication with the FDA.
Enrollment for this trial was initiated on Wednesday, April 15 at a site in New York City, NY. Other clinical sites are being recruited to participate in the study.
Leronlimab (PRO 140), a monoclonal antibody product, is currently undergoing tested as an investigational new drug in the treatment of multiple disease indications, including HIV/AIDS, cancer and GVHD.
Dr. Kazem Kazempour, Amarex CEO, stated, “I applaud Amarex team members for working tirelessly to expedite COVID-19 product approvals through the U.S. FDA. We are committed to making these treatments quickly available to patients and to the healthcare professionals who are working to save lives. I am heartened knowing that within the research community, our staff plays a critical role in the fight against this pandemic.”
About CytoDyn Inc.
CytoDyn Inc. is a biotechnology company developing innovative treatments for multiple therapeutic indications based on leronlimab, a novel humanized monoclonal antibody targeting the CCR5 receptor. CCR5 appears to play a key role in the ability of HIV to enter and infect healthy T-cells. The CCR5 receptor also appears to be implicated in tumor metastasis and in immune-mediated illnesses, such as GvHD and NASH. CytoDyn has successfully completed a Phase 3 pivotal trial with leronlimab in combination with standard anti-retroviral therapies in HIV-infected treatment-experienced patients. CytoDyn plans to seek FDA approval for leronlimab in combination therapy and plans to complete the filing of a Biologics License Application (BLA) in the first quarter of 2020 for that indication. CytoDyn is also conducting a Phase 3 investigative trial with leronlimab as a once-weekly monotherapy for HIV-infected patients and plans to initiate a registration-directed study of leronlimab monotherapy indication, which if successful, could support a label extension. Clinical results to date from multiple trials have shown that leronlimab can significantly reduce viral burden in people infected with HIV with no reported drug-related serious adverse events (SAEs). Moreover, results from a Phase 2b clinical trial demonstrated that leronlimab monotherapy can prevent viral escape in HIV-infected patients, with some patients on leronlimab monotherapy remaining virally suppressed for more than five years. CytoDyn is also conducting a Phase 2 trial to evaluate leronlimab for the prevention of GvHD and a Phase 1b/2 clinical trial with leronlimab in metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. More information is at www.cytodyn.com.
About Amarex Clinical Research, LLC, an NSF International company
Amarex Clinical Research, LLC, an NSF International company, is a global, full service Contract Research Organization (CRO), whose leadership team has significant expertise conducting biomedical research, and whose combined experience includes the design and conduct of several hundred clinical research projects in many therapeutic indications. Amarex provides comprehensive services in Project Management (Phase I-IV, BE/BA, PK/PD), Regulatory Affairs (FDA Applications and meetings, Applications to International Health Authorities, GxP Compliance Audits), Clinical Operations, Adaptive Study Designs, Statistical Analysis, Data Management, Medical Monitoring, Safety and Pharmacovigilance, and General Consulting. Amarex can take your product through the entire approval process, from creating the regulatory approval strategy, to conducting trials, to writing the marketing approval application. Join our growing list of clients with approved products. Amarex provides high quality and cost efficient services. For more information visit www.amarexus.com.
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