BV100 is being developed for the treatment of serious hospital infections caused by Carbapenem resistant Acinetobacter baumannii
BASEL, Switzerland, November 18, 2020 / B3C newswire / -- BioVersys has reached a major milestone by entering clinical development with the start of Phase 1 testing of BV100 in healthy volunteers. BioVersys AG, a privately owned, multi-asset Swiss pharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections with applications in Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and targeted microbiome modulation, today announced that the first healthy volunteers have received BV100 in a Phase 1 clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of BV100 in healthy human volunteers through Single Ascending Dose (SAD) and Multiple Ascending Dose (MAD) studies.
- BV100 is a potential breakthrough hospital antibiotic to treat serious infections caused by Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) in indications of ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (VABP), hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP) and bloodstream infections (BSI), for which there are little to no effective and safe treatment options. BioVersys has developed a proprietary human IV formulation of BV100 for the CRAB hospital market and elucidated the unique mode of action that accounts for its tremendous potency and coverage of clinical CRAB isolates.
- BV100 has completed GLP toxicology studies and has shown outstanding in vitro and in vivo efficacy in several animal models, with unprecedented in vitro strain coverage against CRAB and a very low propensity to develop resistance. It was granted QIDP Designation by the U.S. FDA in May 2019 for use in the treatment of VABP, HABP and BSI, making BV100 eligible for priority FDA review, Fast Track designation, and a five-year extension of market exclusivity upon approval of the first QIDP indication.
Dr. Glenn E. Dale, Chief Development Officer of BioVersys: “Based on its extensive preclinical data package, BV100 is expected to offer a new therapeutic option for clinicians treating patients suffering with highly resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections for which we currently have very limited treatment options. CRAB infections are associated with extremely high mortality rates of ≥ 50% due to limited therapeutic choices and BV100 can offer a novel therapy option for use by clinicians.”
Prof. Apostolos Armaganidis, MD, Attikon University Hospital, Athens: “As a clinician of pulmonary and intensive care medicine in Athens, I am constantly faced with the issue of antimicrobial resistance. In some European ICUs, we see that Acinetobacter baumannii infections are even resistant to colistin, the last resort medicine, and thus, we are left with no further treatment options. Therefore, it is very encouraging to see BV100 progress into clinical testing as it brings great hope of a new therapeutic treatment option for CRAB patients.”
Dr. Marc Gitzinger, CEO and co-founder of BioVersys: “Today marks a significant milestone for BioVersys. As a clinical R&D company, we have taken a big step forward in our mission to bring novel life-saving antibiotics to patients suffering from drug-resistant infections, who are dependent on our solutions. The silent pandemic of antimicrobial resistance needs to be stopped before it gets so devastating that it undermines the capabilities of current modern healthcare systems.
Dr. Seng Chin Mah, Chairman of BioVersys: “The BioVersys team has been steadfast in moving the company’s lead asset BV100, which addresses critical unmet needs of hospital CRAB infections, into clinical development despite the operational challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. This singular milestone puts us firmly on track towards meeting our near-term corporate objectives. We remain committed to our multi-asset strategy of bringing novel life-saving therapies to patients with limited or no treatment possibilities as well as continuing to build stakeholder value.”
BioVersys is developing a potential breakthrough hospital antibiotic, BV100, for Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) hospital infections, where our data shows BV100 to be superior compared to standard of care antibiotics tested. BV100 has shown in several animal studies potent in vivo activity showing a reduction of bacterial lung burden by ≥3 log10 CFU. BioVersys has elucidated the new mode of action of BV100 and developed a novel IV formulation, which has been successfully tested in GLP toxicology studies. The potent activity of BV100 against CRAB, the novel formulation, novel mode of action and the potential for an abbreviated path to approval represents a very attractive opportunity to develop this urgently needed medicine for patients in need.
About Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
In Europe, ~4 million hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) occur annually and antibiotic resistance is responsible for an estimated 33,000 deaths/year, with EUR 1.5 billion in healthcare costs and productivity losses/year. Worldwide >700’000 lives are estimated to be lost annually, and this is predicted to rise to 10 million by 2050. Hospital acquired infections affect patients undergoing surgeries, or treatments for cancer, or viral infections, such as the current corona virus pandemic. The most notorious resistant bacteria and top of the World Health Organization’s list of Priority 1 pathogens is Acinetobacter baumannii. Carbapenem antibiotics are standard of care but Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections are widespread, with mortality rates ≥ 50%. No currently approved drug is seen to adequately treat these difficult infections and there are very few drugs in clinical development.
About BioVersys AG
BioVersys AG is a privately-owned clinical stage Swiss pharmaceutical company focusing on research and development of small molecules acting on novel bacterial targets with applications in Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and targeted microbiome modulation. With the company’s award-winning TRIC technology we can overcome resistance mechanisms, block virulence production and directly affect the pathogenesis of harmful bacteria, towards the identification of new treatment options in the antimicrobial and microbiome fields. By this means BioVersys addresses the high unmet medical need for new treatments against life threatening resistant bacterial infections and bacteria-exacerbated chronic inflammatory microbiome disorders. Our most advanced R&D programs address nosocomial infections of Acinetobacter baumannii (BV100, Phase 1), and Tuberculosis (BVL-GSK098, Preclinical) in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a consortium of the University of Lille. BioVersys is located in the Technologiepark in the thriving biotech hub of Basel. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @Bioversys.
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Keywords: Humans; Infectious Disease Medicine; Anti-Bacterial Agents; Drug Resistance, Multiple, Bacterial; Healthy Volunteers; Cross Infection; Carbapenems; Microbiota; Pneumonia, Bacterial; Models, Animal; Hospitals; Pharmaceutical Preparations; Acinetobacter baumannii; Switzerland
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