VANCOUVER, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Protox Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: PRX), a leader in the development of receptor targeted fusion proteins, today announced that detailed data from its open-label Phase 2 clinical study of PRX302 in patients with moderate to severe benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) will be presented at the 30th World Congress of the Société Internationale d'Urologie Conference. The 2009 Congress takes place November 1st - 5th at the Shanghai International Convention Center.
Dr. Peter Pommerville, M.D., Principal Investigator from the lead site at Can-Med Clinical Research Centre (Victoria, B.C.), will present the data. The moderated poster presentation, entitled "PRX302 is a transperineally administered, PSA-activated protoxin that produces symptomatic relief in men with moderate to severe BPH", will be presented on November 2nd at 3:15pm.
Based on the very promising results from this open label Phase 2 study, the Company initiated a double-blinded Phase 2 placebo controlled clinical trial called TRIUMPH in the first quarter of 2009. The Company recently announced that enrollment of this study is complete and anticipate top-line results in the fourth quarter of 2009.
PRX302 is the lead drug in the company's PORxin(TM) technology platform. PORxin drugs are pore-forming pro-drugs that are activated by specific proteases produced at elevated levels on the surface of target cells. PRX302 has been generated by engineering the naturally occurring toxin proaerolysin so that it is activated by prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme that is overproduced in patients suffering from prostate cancer and BPH. Once activated, the drug punches holes in the cells causing the contents to leak out and ultimately cell death.
BPH is a common urological condition characterized by painful and bothersome symptoms that include difficulty in initiating a urine stream, a sense of urgency, dribbling, incomplete emptying of the bladder, waking several times during the night to urinate and sometimes the presence of blood in the urine. More than half of all men will have symptoms of BPH by the age of 60 and as many as 90% may suffer from BPH after the age of 80. Current oral therapies mainly provide symptomatic relief, may take months before they take effect and can trigger a range of side effects including sexual dysfunction and hypotension. It is estimated that in the seven largest global markets approximately 10 million men are treated annually with oral therapies and these products encompass approximately U.S. $3 billion of sales each year. Surgical options, including minimally invasive procedures, can cause sexual dysfunction, incontinence as well as other more serious procedure-related effects. Surgical measures can require significant recovery time and may require catheterization for up to several weeks post-treatment. Nearly 600,000 surgical procedures are conducted annually in the seven largest markets.
Protox Therapeutics is a leader in advancing novel, receptor targeted fusion proteins. Two novel drug candidates derived from the company's INxin(TM) and PORxin(TM) platforms are being developed in three clinical programs. Protox's lead program, PRX302 (PORxin), is currently being studied in a Phase 2b placebo controlled trial to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlarged prostate). Positive Phase 2a results at three months treating BPH patients were released at the end of 2008 and extended data demonstrated durability and efficacy at 12 months. A phase 2a clinical trial evaluating PRX302 for the treatment of localized prostate cancer is ongoing. A Phase 2a clinical trial evaluating PRX321 (INxin) for the treatment of primary brain cancer has been completed and the drug has received Fast Track Designation and Orphan Drug Status from the US FDA and EMEA. Protox is also collaborating with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a research program focused on the discovery of next generation fully human targeted therapeutics.
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SOURCE Sophiris Bio, Inc.
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