YONKERS, NY--(Marketwired - April 19, 2017) - ContraFect Corporation (NASDAQ: CFRX), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of protein and antibody therapeutics for life-threatening, drug-resistant infectious diseases, today announces the presentation of new data from its Phase 1 CF-301 study at the 27th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ECCMID) to be held on April 22-25, 2017 in Vienna, Austria.
ContraFect's lead compound, CF-301 is a first-in-class lysin which has demonstrated a rapid and potent ability to kill Staphylococcus aureus (Staph aureus) bacteria in vitro and in animal studies. CF-301 is currently in development for the treatment of bacteremia due to Staph aureus, including methicillin resistant strains (MRSA). Initial results from the Phase 1, first-in-human study of CF-301 in healthy volunteers, which were presented in a late breaker presentation at ECCMID 2016, showed CF-301 to be well-tolerated with no clinical adverse safety signals. This year, long term follow-up data from this Phase 1 trial will be presented at ECCMID. In addition, a newly developed methodology for testing the susceptibility of Staph aureus bacteria to CF-301 in clinical settings will be presented.
"We are pleased to return to ECCMID, where we will present additional six-month follow up results from the initial Phase 1 study which extend our understanding of the safety profile of CF-301 and the timeframe for the resolution of anti-drug antibodies. We are also presenting a new methodology for CF-301 susceptibility testing, which has been optimized for use in clinical testing laboratories and which will be used in our upcoming Phase 2 study," said Cara Cassino, M.D., EVP of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer at ContraFect.
Presentation Title: Long-Term Immunology Follow-up Results of a Phase 1 Placebo Controlled Dose Escalating Study to Examine the Safety of Intravenous Doses of CF-301 In Human Subjects
Session Day & Time: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3:30p - 4:30p CET (10:30a-11:30a ET)
Abstract Number: 7121
Session Title: Phages and Phage Products
Presentation Title: Development of an Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test (AST) for the Antistaphylococcal Lysin CF-301
Session Day & Time: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 08:45a - 3:30p CET (3:45a-10:30a ET)
E-poster number: EV0038
Abstract Number: 6193
Session Title: Bacterial Susceptibility & Resistance
The abstracts can be accessed through the ECCMID website. Following the meeting, the presentation posters will be available on the ContraFect Corporation website.
ContraFect is a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing therapeutic protein and antibody products for life-threatening, drug-resistant infectious diseases, particularly those treated in hospital settings. An estimated 700,000 deaths worldwide each year are attributed to antimicrobial-resistant infections. We intend to address life threatening infections using our therapeutic product candidates from our lysin and monoclonal antibody platforms to target conserved regions of either bacteria or viruses (regions that are not prone to mutation). ContraFect's initial product candidates include new agents to treat antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staph aureus) and influenza. ContraFect is also conducting research focused on the discovery of lysins to target Gram-negative bacteria.
CF-301 is a recombinant bacteriophage-derived lysin with potent bactericidal activity against Staph aureus, a major cause of blood stream infections, or bacteremia. CF-301 has the potential to be a first-in-class treatment for Staph aureus bacteremia. It has a novel, rapid, and specific mechanism of bactericidal action against Staph aureus and does not impact the body's natural bacterial flora. By targeting a conserved region of the cell wall that is vital to bacteria, resistance is less likely to develop to CF-301. Combinations of CF-301 with standard of care antibiotics significantly increased bacterial killing and survival in animal models of disease when compared to treatment with antibiotics or CF-301 alone. In addition, in vitro and in vivo experiments have shown that CF-301 is highly active against biofilm infections. CF-301 was licensed from The Rockefeller University and is being developed at ContraFect and is the first lysin to enter clinical studies in the U.S.
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