OXFORD, United Kingdom, April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Summit Therapeutics plc (AIM:SUMM) (NASDAQ:SMMT), the drug discovery and development company advancing therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (‘DMD’) and Clostridium difficile infection (‘CDI’), announces the strengthening of the intellectual property estate protecting ridinilazole following the grant of a composition of matter patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Ridinilazole is a novel class antibiotic with potential for broad use in the treatment of CDI. In a Phase 2 clinical trial, ridinilazole showed statistical superiority over vancomycin in rates of sustained clinical response, an endpoint that captures both initial cure and recurrence of CDI.
“This new patent grant in one of our potential major commercial markets substantially strengthens our intellectual property estate protecting our novel CDI antibiotic ridinilazole and supports our efforts to maximise the potential of this promising compound,” commented Glyn Edwards, Chief Executive Officer of Summit. “We are focused on advancing our CDI and DMD programmes and today’s news, combined with the recently announced expansion of our PhaseOut DMD trial, highlights their continuing excellent progress as we seek to have a meaningful impact on the lives of patients living with these serious diseases.”
The patent (United States Patent 9,314,456) is entitled ‘Antibacterial Compounds’, and provides a period of exclusivity for ridinilazole in the United States until at least 1 December 2029, with the possibility of patent term extension.
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About C. difficile Infection
C. difficile infection is a serious healthcare threat in hospitals, long-term care homes and increasingly the wider community with between 450,000 and 700,000 cases of CDI in the US annually. It is caused by an infection of the colon by the bacterium C. difficile, which produces toxins that cause inflammation, severe diarrhoea and in the most serious cases can be fatal. Patients typically develop CDI following the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics that can cause widespread damage to the natural gastrointestinal (gut) flora and allow overgrowth of C. difficile bacteria. Existing CDI treatments are predominantly broad spectrum antibiotics, and these cause further damage to the gut flora and are associated with high rates of recurrent disease. Recurrent disease is the key clinical issue as repeat episodes are typically more severe and associated with an increase in mortality rates and healthcare costs. The economic impact of CDI is significant with one study estimating annual acute care costs at $4.8 billion in the US.
Ridinilazole (previously known as SMT19969) is an orally administered small molecule antibiotic that Summit is developing specifically for the treatment of CDI. In preclinical efficacy studies, ridinilazole exhibited a narrow spectrum of activity and had a potent bactericidal effect against all clinical isolates of C. difficile tested. In a Phase 2 proof of concept trial in CDI patients, ridinilazole showed statistical superiority in sustained clinical response (‘SCR’) rates compared to the standard of care, vancomycin. In this trial, SCR was defined as clinical cure at end of treatment and no recurrence of CDI within 30 days of the end of therapy. Ridinilazole has received Qualified Infectious Disease Product (‘QIDP’) designation and has been granted Fast Track status by the US Food and Drug Administration. The QIDP incentives are provided through the US GAIN Act and include an extension of marketing exclusivity for an additional five years upon FDA approval.
About Summit Therapeutics
Summit is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel medicines for indications for which there are no existing or only inadequate therapies. Summit is conducting clinical programs focused on the genetic disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the infectious disease C. difficile infection. Further information is available at www.summitplc.com and Summit can be followed on Twitter (@summitplc).
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