BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coronado Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNDO), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel immunotherapy agents for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer, today announced that it has submitted an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin a Phase 2 clinical study of Trichuris suis ova (TSO) for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.
"We believe psoriasis represents a medical need where a natural immune system regulator like TSO may provide considerable sustained relief to those with the condition," said Dr. Harlan F. Weisman, Coronado's Chairman and CEO. "Psoriasis is a logical human clinical model for immune-mediated diseases because clear, validated and objective endpoints can be established and there are low placebo rates. As such, we believe it is a good disease model in which to determine the potential immunomodulatory effect of TSO." Coronado is also pursuing the trial based upon encouraging preliminary results from open-label investigator-sponsored trials at two U.S. centers that are currently evaluating multiple doses of TSO in patients with psoriasis.
Coronado's proposed Phase 2 trial is a U.S. multi-center, dose-ranging study that will use the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score from week 0 to week 12 to assess efficacy. Coronado intends to begin enrolling patients in the trial during the first quarter of 2014 if the IND application is approved.
Psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by red, scaly, raised plaques. The disease process is driven by T-cell infiltration and associated elevation in cytokine levels leading to increased cell division and aberrant differentiation, resulting in the psoriatic phenotype. Plaque psoriasis has a worldwide prevalence of 2-3%, and is a chronic, recurrent skin condition with varying degrees of severity. While many patients with mild disease are able to control psoriasis symptoms with topical medications alone, patients with moderate to severe disease usually require treatment with systemic agents to achieve good clearance. These systemic agents are usually well tolerated, but can have potentially significant side effects including organ toxicity, infection, malignancy, and teratogenicity that limit their usefulness in the long-term management of psoriasis. Despite all the available treatments, there is still a need for therapies that will provide high continuous efficacy, improved safety, and a more convenient route of administration to maximize compliance and satisfaction with treatment, leading to decreased burden of the disease.
About Coronado Biosciences
Coronado Biosciences is engaged in the development of novel immunotherapy biologic agents. The company's two principal pharmaceutical product candidates in clinical development are: TSO (Trichuris suis ova or CNDO-201), a biologic for the treatment of immune-mediated diseases, such as psoriasis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis; and CNDO-109, a biologic that activates natural killer cells, for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia, multiple myeloma and solid tumors. For more information, please visit www.coronadobiosciences.com.
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