Fri, 08 Dec 2023

  • Mortality reduction in critically ill subjects at 28 days revised favorably, statistically significant
  • EB05 demonstrated an 84% reduction in the risk of dying when compared to placebo
  • Clinical Study Report submitted to FDA

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 30, 2022 / Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq:EDSA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on inflammatory and immune-related diseases, announced final results from the Phase 2 portion of its ongoing Phase 2/Phase 3 clinical study. The study is evaluating the company's monoclonal antibody candidate, EB05, as a single-dose treatment for hospitalized patients with or at risk of developing Covid-19 induced Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). The company previously reported initial topline data provided by the study's data safety monitoring board, which preemptively unblinded certain study data for efficacy signals. Edesa has now completed a formal Clinical Study Report (CSR) for U.S. regulators on the full, validated Phase 2 dataset.

In the final Phase 2 clinical trial results, Edesa reported that EB05 demonstrated a statistically significant and clinically meaningful trend for mortality and survival time for all randomized subjects in the critically ill cohort (the intent to treat, or ITT, population). Today, the company reported a revised 28-day death rate of 7.7% in the EB05 plus standard of care (SOC) arm versus 40% in the placebo + SOC arm in critically severe patients on ECMO therapy (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) or Invasive Mechanical Ventilation (IMV) plus organ support with ARDS at baseline (p=0.04). The revised Survival Analysis using Cox's Proportional Hazard Model demonstrated that patients treated with EB05 plus SOC had an 84.0% reduction in the risk of dying when compared to placebo + SOC at 28 days.

'Achieving statistical significance within one of the most difficult to treat subgroups of patients with Covid-induced ARDS has increased our excitement and belief that EB05 could become a standard-of-care treatment option,' said Par Nijhawan, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Edesa. 'These validated data along with additional efficacy signals observed strengthen the previously released results and suggests that the utility of EB05 may be more significant and wide-ranging than the initial topline data indicated.'

Dr. Nijhawan noted that since EB05 is designed to target the patient's own immune response rather than the virus itself, the investigation therapy could potentially have broad application across multiple disease indications, including ARDS caused by influenza and other potentially deadly pathogens. 'There is a significant unmet medical need for critically ill ARDS patients caused by seasonal influenza and pneumonia that's made considerably worse by the endemic nature of Covid-19, and we believe that EB05 can help address this problem,' he said.

The company submitted the Phase 2 CSR this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as part of the review of Edesa's Phase 3 clinical protocol design and statistical plan. The Phase 3 study design has already been approved in Canada, Colombia and Poland, where recruitment is ongoing.

Edesa's Phase 2 study of EB05 was funded in part by a C$14 million grant from the Canadian Government's Strategic Innovation Fund.

Additional Phase 2 Results

Study Design

The Phase 2 part of the Phase 2/3 study was primarily exploratory and designed to refine patient stratification and statistical powering for the Phase 3 study. All levels of hospitalized Covid-19 patients were enrolled, ranging from Level 3 (hospitalized, not requiring supplemental oxygen) on the nine-point WHO Covid-19 Severity Scale (WCSS) to WCSS Level 7 (hospitalized, requiring intubation plus additional organ support such as ECMO). Enrollment in the study as well as the analysis was stratified according to baseline WCSS level into patients with mild Covid-19, defined as WCSS level ≤4, or severe Covid-19, defined as WCSS level ≥5.

Additional Results

In addition to the critically ill population, the analysis of the full Phase 2 dataset revealed other efficacy signals.

For severe Covid-19 patients at WCSS Level ≥5 (99% of patients had ARDS at baseline), there were clinically meaningful differences with respect to the proportion of patients who were alive without any need for oxygen support at Day 28 (the Phase 2 study's primary endpoint). From the ITT analysis of this population, 45.8% in the EB05 + SOC arm versus 36.1% in the placebo + SOC arm achieved the primary endpoint (p = 0.16).

Similarly positive efficacy signals were also demonstrated in this same population for the proportion of patients who achieved at least a 2-point improvement in on the WCSS. From the ITT analysis of this population, 46.7% in the EB05 + SOC arm versus 36.1% in the placebo + SOC arm achieved at least a 2-point improvement in on the WCSS (p = 0.12).

For mild Covid-19 patients at WCSS Level ≤4, the study did not detect meaningful clinical differences between the arms for these endpoints, which is likely the result of the baseline severity score being too close to the endpoint (WCSS of 3 or less) on these scoring scales.

The Phase 2 results demonstrated that EB05 was generally well-tolerated and consistent with the observed safety profile to date. Serious adverse events from 352 subjects showed comparable results between treatment groups. Incidence of Treatment Emergent Adverse Events (TEAEs) and serious TEAEs were similar across the treatment groups.

Summary of Key Clinical Results

The following tables summarize the key signals detected in the Phase 2 study.

Mortality Rates - Critically Ill Patients (WCSS Level 7)

Mortality - Hazard and Odds Ratios1 - Critical Patients (WCSS Level 7)

Note 1: placebo vs. EB05

Severe Patients - WCSS Levels 5

Note 1: mLOCF imputed for Day 28.

About Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

ARDS involves an exaggerated immune response leading to inflammation and injury to the lungs that prevents the lungs from oxygenating blood and ultimately deprives the body of oxygen. For moderate to severe cases, there are currently few meaningful treatments, other than supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilation, and patients suffer high mortality rates. In addition to virus-induced pneumonia, ARDS can be caused by smoke/chemical inhalation, sepsis, chest injury and other causes. Prior to Covid-19, ARDS accounted for 10% of intensive care unit admissions, representing more than 3 million patients globally each year.

About Edesa Biotech, Inc.

Edesa Biotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EDSA) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative treatments for inflammatory and immune-related diseases with clear unmet medical needs. The company's two lead product candidates, EB05 and EB01, are in later stage clinical studies. Sign up for news alerts. Connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

ARDS Clinical Program

EB05, a novel monoclonal antibody targeting Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4) as a critical care therapy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) - Phase 3: Enrolling

EB05 inhibits signaling through TLR4 - a key pattern recognition receptor involved in the activation of the innate immune system. Excessive TLR4 pathway activation can be pathological and has been linked to various inflammatory conditions, including viral-mediated acute lung injury.

Contact Dermatitis Clinical Program

EB01, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits secretory phospholipase 2 (sPLA2) as a treatment for the symptoms of chronic allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) - Phase 2b: Fully Enrolled.

EB01 exerts its anti-inflammatory activity through the inhibition of sPLA2 pro-inflammatory enzymes. The sPLA2 enzyme family plays a key role in initiating inflammation associated with numerous diseases. By targeting sPLA2 with enzyme inhibitors - at the inception of inflammation rather than after inflammation has occurred - Edesa believes that drugs based on this technology could provide a powerful anti-inflammatory therapeutic strategy for treating diverse inflammatory/allergic conditions. EB01 has demonstrated efficacy for the treatment of ACD in two previous clinical trials, and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of in vitro and in vivo preclinical pharmacology models.

Edesa Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as 'anticipate,' 'believe,' 'plan,' 'estimate,' 'expect,' 'intend,' 'may,' 'will,' 'would,' 'could,' 'should,' 'might,' 'potential,' or 'continue' and variations or similar expressions, including statements related to: the company's belief that the final data, including reaching statistical significance for multiple endpoints, could increase the likelihood that EB05 could become a standard-of-care treatment option; the company's belief that EB05 could potentially have broad application and effectiveness across multiple disease indications, including ARDS caused by influenza and other potentially deadly pathogens; and the company's timing and plans regarding its clinical studies in general. Readers should not unduly rely on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, as all such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results or future events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Such risks include: the ability of Edesa to obtain regulatory approval for or successfully commercialize any of its product candidates, the risk that access to sufficient capital to fund Edesa's operations may not be available or may be available on terms that are not commercially favorable to Edesa, the risk that Edesa's product candidates may not be effective against the diseases tested in its clinical trials, the risk that Edesa fails to comply with the terms of license agreements with third parties and as a result loses the right to use key intellectual property in its business, Edesa's ability to protect its intellectual property, the timing and success of submission, acceptance and approval of regulatory filings, and the impacts of public health crises, such as Covid-19. Many of these factors that will determine actual results are beyond the company's ability to control or predict. For a discussion of further risks and uncertainties related to Edesa's business, please refer to Edesa's public company reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission. All forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and are subject to change. Except as required by law, Edesa assumes no obligation to update such statements.

Gary Koppenjan
Edesa Biotech, Inc.
(805) 488-2800 ext. 150

SOURCE: Edesa Biotech

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