Thursday, August 30, 2012
- Novel patent for Phase III lead drug candidate filed in the EU, US -
InDex Pharmaceuticals today announced the filing of a new patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and with the European Patent Office. The company thereby continues to strengthen the company’s intellectual property portfolio around its lead drug candidate Kappaproct. The newly filed patent with the title “Methods for prevention of colectomy” covers methods for preventing or reducing the need of colectomy using an oligonucleotide with a specific core sequence and has the potential to extend patent protection on Kappaproct to 2032. Kappaproct is a DNA-based synthetic oligonucleotide, which functions as an immunomodulatory agent by targeting TLR9. Kappaproct is currently in a phase III study in Europe for the treatment of chronic, active, treatment-refractory ulcerative colitis. InDex Pharmaceuticals already holds broad patent protection for Kappaproct for the treatment of steroid-resistant inflammatory diseases in both Europe and the US through at least 2027, with the possibility of a 3 to 5-year term extension after market approval. » Read more...
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
- InDex Pharmaceuticals reports positive clinical data in peer-reviewed journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases -
InDex Pharmaceuticals today announced the publication of positive data from the Company’s compassionate use program with its lead compound Kappaproct. In the program, eight treatment-refractory ulcerative colitis (UC) patients that had been elected for colectomy received Kappaproct, a DNA-based immunomodulatory sequence (DIMS) targeting the toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9).
The findings showed that Kappaproct induced a pronounced and rapid reduction in the colitis activity index for all treated patients within 1 week following a single intracolonic administration. Further improvements were evident at week 4, resulting in a clinical response rate after a single-dose treatment with Kappaproct of 71%, with 43% in clinical remission. By week 12, the clinical response and remission rates had reached 82% and 71%, respectively. A follow-up period of over 2 years post treatment indicated that all but one of the treated patients had avoided the need for colectomy, with the longest patient being in symptom-free remission for over 27 months. » Read more...
Thursday, April 26, 2012
InDex Pharmaceuticals today announced that it has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent provides additional protection for the use of Kappaproct® and additional DNA-based immunomodulatory sequences (DIMS) for the treatment of steroid-resistant inflammatory diseases including inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The patent, entitled “Method for Modulating Responsiveness to Steroids” covers a method for enhancing steroid efficacy in steroid-refractory patients afflicted with an inflammatory condition using oligonucleotides with a specific common core sequence. It provides an exclusivity period until June 2027 with the possibility of a 3 to 5-year term extension after market approval. A corresponding European patent was granted in August 2009. » Read more...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
- InDex Pharmaceuticals Names Pernilla Sandwall Head of Clinical Operations and Thomas Knittel Chief Medical Officer -
Stockholm, April 11, 2012 – InDex Pharmaceuticals today announced two additions to its management team: Pernilla Sandwall has been appointed as Head of Clinical Operations and Thomas Knittel as Chief Medical Officer. Pernilla Sandwall will lead the company’s clinical development team, with the main focus being the ongoing phase III clinical trial of Kappaproct® in patients with treatment-refractory ulcerative colitis. Thomas Knittel will serve as the company’s lead medical expert and provide leadership in medical and marketing affairs. » Read more...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
- Personalized treatment option for patients with refractory ulcerative colitis -
InDex Pharmaceuticals today announced the development of a companion diagnostic test for Kappaproct®. Kappaproct, the lead product candidate of InDex, is currently in a phase III study as a treatment for chronic active, treatment refractory ulcerative colitis. In this study, the companion diagnostic test is being evaluated to demonstrate a correlation between test result and clinical response to Kappaproct.
In previous clinical trials, Kappaproct has shown positive effects for the treatment of steroid resistant ulcerative colitis patients. The companion diagnostic test aims to enable the pre-selection of steroid resistant patients that are most likely to benefit from Kappaproct. The proprietary in vitro test is based on a number of biomarkers and is performed on a blood sample prior to administration of Kappaproct. » Read more...