ATHLONE, Ireland, May 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innocoll AG (Nasdaq:INNL), a global, commercial-stage, specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and supplies a range of pharmaceutical products and medical devices using its proprietary collagen-based technologies, today announced that the first patient was dosed in the COACT-1 (COgenzia Adjuvant for Complete Therapy) Phase 3 study for the treatment of diabetic foot infections (DFIs) using Cogenzia, Innocoll's topically applied, bioresorbable collagen sponge.
Diabetic foot ulcers are a serious health concern and affect approximately 7% of diabetic patients each year. Up to approximately 58% of these ulcers may become infected. Published data demonstrates that the current standard of care for DFIs with systemic antibiotics has a 30-50% failure rate. Failure of treatment can lead to significantly increased risk of hospitalization and often to the need for amputation resulting in increased costs to the healthcare system and a much higher risk of mortality for patients. We believe Cogenzia has the potential to be the first topical antibiotic approved as adjuvant therapy for the treatment of DFIs and could significantly improve upon the current cure success rate.
Cogenzia acts in conjunction with systemic antibiotics and standard wound care to provide high concentrations of gentamicin directly to the site of DFIs. These concentrations are not normally possible with systemic gentamicin treatment due to the risk of side effects. In the Cogenzia Phase 2 program, data demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in the clinical cure rate when compared to systemic antibiotics and wound care alone. In the Phase 2 study, 100% of Cogenzia-treated subjects experienced a clinical cure compared to 70% for the control group.
"DFIs are a serious concern for diabetics which can result in significant morbidity such as inpatient hospitalization, delayed healing and even amputation," said Dr. James Tursi, chief medical officer at Innocoll. "With no FDA approved topical therapy options for DFIs, this first patient dosed in COACT-1 signifies an important step forward in addressing this serious health concern. We believe that Cogenzia, if successful in clinical trials, could lead to the first FDA-approved, topical adjuvant treatment option for DFIs."
The COACT-1 Phase 3 study is one of two identical randomized, placebo-controlled, blinded studies to investigate the safety and efficacy of a topical gentamicin-collagen sponge in combination with systemic antibiotic therapy in diabetic patients with an infected foot ulcer. The second Phase 3 study, COACT-2, is expected to start later this year. Each study is expected to enroll approximately 500 patients between the ages of 18 and 85 in the United States (COACT-1 and 2) and EU (COACT-2). Patients diagnosed with moderate to severe DFIs will be treated in one of three arms per study: a Cogenzia sponge, a placebo sponge or no sponge with all patients in the study receiving systemic antibiotics and standard would care.
The primary endpoint is treatment effectiveness, test of clinical cure, which will be evaluated by the investigator at the post-treatment visit scheduled approximately 10 days post completion of treatment. Safety will be evaluated through the collection of adverse events through 90 days post-test of clinical cure. Additional key secondary endpoints include the percentage of patients with complete eradication of the pathogen, time to clinical cure, percentage of patients with an amputation and percentage with ulcer closure.
To qualify for the study, patients must have diabetes mellitus, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria and have at least one skin ulcer located on or below the ankle that presents as a moderate or severe infection based on the Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines for the "Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections" (CID 2012; 54:132-173). Following screening and determination of eligibility, study participants will be assigned to one of three groups. Patients will be treated with daily sponge / dressing changes and systemic antibiotics for up to 28 days and the evaluation of clinical cure will occur 10 days thereafter. Topline results from the study are expected in the middle of 2016.
More information on the study will be posted at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
About Innocoll AG
Innocoll is a global, commercial-stage, specialty pharmaceutical company. The company develops and manufactures a range of pharmaceutical products and medical devices using its proprietary collagen-based technologies. The company's late stage product pipeline is focused on addressing a number of large unmet medical needs, including: XaraColl® for the treatment of post-operative pain; Cogenzia® for the adjuvant treatment of diabetic foot infections; and CollaGUARD®, a barrier for the prevention of post-surgical adhesions. The Company's approved products include: CollaGUARD(Ex-US), Collatamp® G, Septocoll®, RegenePro®, Collieva®, CollaCare®, Collexa®, and Zorpreva™, which are sold through strategic partnerships with various partners including Takeda, Biomet, and EUSA Pharma. All of the company's products and product candidates are made using Type 1 collagen and are manufactured in-house at its facility in Saal, Germany. CollaRx®, Collatamp®, CollaGUARD®, Collieva®, CollaCare®, Collexa®, Cogenzia® LidoColl®, LiquiColl®, Septocoll®, and XaraColl® are registered trademarks, and CollaPress™, DermaSil™, Durieva™, and Zorpreva™ are trademarks of the company.
"Any statements in this press release about our future expectations, plans and prospects, including statements about the development of Cogenzia for the adjuvant treatment of diabetic foot infections, such as the timing, conduct and outcome of the COACT-1 and COACT-2 Phase 3 studies for Cogenzia and other statements containing the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "goal," "may," "might," "plan," "predict," "project," "target," "potential," "will," "would," "could," "should," "continue," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including statements about the clinical trials of Cogenzia. Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause our clinical development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, those related to the timing and costs involved in developing and commercializing our products and product candidates, the timing for results, the initiation, conduct and timing of clinical trials, delays in potential approvals by FDA of the commencement of trials, availability of data from clinical trials, positive results from such trials and timing and expectations for regulatory approvals, our scientific approach and general development progress, the composition of our supervisory board, the availability or commercial potential of our product candidates, the sufficiency of cash resources and need for additional financing or other actions and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release."
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