FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Dec. 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:VTAE), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, today announced that it has dosed the first patients in its Phase 2a proof-of-concept clinical trial of VTP-38543 in atopic dermatitis (AD). VTP-38543 is the Company’s topical LXRβ selective agonist for the treatment of AD, a skin condition characterized by an intense itch / scratch cycle and driven by both inflammation and a breakdown of the skin’s barrier function.
Earlier this month, Vitae announced plans to initiate this four-week, randomized, double-blind Phase 2a trial, which will assess the safety, tolerability, efficacy, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of multiple ascending topical doses of VTP-38543 in approximately 100 adult patients with mild to moderate AD. The Company expects to report top-line results in the second half of 2016.
“Dosing the first patients in this trial brings us closer to gauging VTP-38543’s potential to become a novel therapeutic approach to manage the needs of atopic dermatitis patients, many of which we believe are not being met by currently marketed treatments,” said Dr. Richard Gregg, Chief Scientific Officer of Vitae.
About Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a skin condition affecting approximately 17.5 million infants, adolescents and adults in the U.S. It is characterized by intense itching and is caused by both inflammation and a breakdown of the skin’s barrier function. Activation of LXR in skin keratinocytes, the most common cell type in the outer layer of skin, has been shown to increase the formation of corneocytes and the production of lamellar lipids (the ‘bricks and mortar’ of the outer layer of skin). LXR activation also has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in skin equivalent to a high potency corticosteroid. Vitae believes that increasing LXR activity with VTP-38543 may be beneficial for AD patients by both decreasing skin inflammation and repairing the damaged outer layer of skin.
VTP-38543 is Vitae’s LXRβ selective agonist with the potential to significantly impact the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD), a common inflammatory skin disease. In preclinical studies, VTP-38543 was shown to increase LXR activity, decrease skin inflammation, and increase the production and secretion of lipids necessary for maintaining the barrier function, resulting in a potentially superior therapy for AD. In December 2015, Vitae initiated a Phase 2a proof-of-concept clinical trial in patients with mild to moderate AD.
About Vitae Pharmaceuticals
Vitae Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing first-in-class product candidates with potential to transform the treatment paradigm for patients with significant unmet medical needs. Initial indications being pursued include psoriasis, other autoimmune disorders, and atopic dermatitis. Vitae’s lead clinical assets include VTP-43742, an oral RORyt inhibitor currently being studied in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis, and VTP-38543, an LXRβ selective agonist being studied in patients with mild to moderate atopic dermatitis.
For additional information, please visit the company's website at www.vitaepharma.com.
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