SOURCE: ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals, LLC

ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals, LLC

September 14, 2009 09:00 ET

ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals Begins Phase II Clinical Trial in Asthma Patients Following Positive Phase I Results

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - September 14, 2009) - ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals ("ZaBeCor" or the "Company") announced today the initiation of a Phase II clinical trial for its asthma drug candidate Excellair™, following the successful results of the Company's Phase I clinical trials. ZaBeCor is one of the first companies to deliver siRNA to the lung and one of the first to target asthma with siRNA.

"The advancement of Excellair™ into a Phase II clinical trial for asthma is a significant milestone for our company," said Alan D. Schreiber, M.D., Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZaBeCor. "We believe that Excellair™ has the potential to provide significant therapeutic benefits for patients with asthma worldwide and we look forward to the Phase II efficacy trial."

In the Phase I study, patients with asthma received 21 consecutive daily doses of Excellair™. Excellair™ was well tolerated by all patients (100%), with no serious adverse effects. In addition, 75% of patients with asthma who received Excellair™ reported improved ability to breathe freely or reduced use of their rescue inhaler. No patients on placebo reported improvement.

"These positive Phase I results indicate that Excellair™ is well-tolerated in patients with asthma," Schreiber said. "These developments reinforce ZaBeCor's pioneering status in developing RNAi therapeutics for asthma and other inflammatory disorders, and build upon the foundation of our strong intellectual property for siRNA targeting Syk kinase."

Excellair™ is part of ZaBeCor's intellectual property portfolio and focuses on applications of siRNA to the signaling protein Syk kinase. Some of the current treatments for asthma and other inflammatory conditions, such as leukotriene inhibitors or TNF inhibitors, inhibit only one of the mediators of inflammation. By targeting Syk kinase, Excellair™ seeks to inhibit an initial signaling step of inflammation, thereby preventing the release of multiple inflammatory mediators.

In addition to asthma, the Company believes that Excellair™ may have the potential to treat many different inflammatory diseases, including allergic rhinitis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory disorders.

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition in which the airways of the lungs become blocked or narrowed due to inflammation. It is estimated that asthma affects more than 20 million Americans and 300 million people worldwide. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, every day in the U.S. due to asthma, 40,000 people miss school or work, 30,000 people have an asthma attack, 5,000 visit the emergency room, 1,000 people are admitted to the hospital, and 11 people die.

About ZaBeCor

ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals (www.zabecor.com) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of siRNA, antisense and other molecular technologies for the treatment of asthma, allergy, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and other inflammatory disorders.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Alan D. Schreiber, M.D.
    Chief Executive Officer
    ZaBeCor Pharmaceuticals
    Phone: (610) 660-7733
    Fax: (215) 438-5123
    Email: Email Contact
    Web: www.zabecor.com