Comprehensive Phase 2 Program Combines Histology, Biomarkers and Non-Invasive Imaging to Demonstrate Mechanism of Action and Positive Impact on Vascular Inflammation
SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- VIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIAP), a biotechnology company focused on the development of compounds for the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic disease, today announced that it has completed enrollment in a Phase 2 clinical trial of its lead drug, VIA-2291 in patients who have experienced an acute coronary syndrome event such as a heart attack or unstable angina. The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study examines the impact of VIA-2291 on plaque inflammation as measured by Positron Emission Tomography with fluorodeoxyglucose tracer (FDG-PET), as well as other standard biomarkers of inflammation, over 24 weeks following such an acute event. A total of 52 patients have been enrolled in the study, which is expected to report data in the second half of 2009.
VIA-2291 is designed to be a selective and reversible inhibitor of 5 Lipoxygenase, a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes, which are important mediators of inflammation believed to be involved in the development and progression of atherosclerosis. The FDG-PET study is the third Phase 2 clinical trial of VIA-2291 conducted by the Company in cardiovascular disease. In addition to being generally well-tolerated, earlier studies reported at the American Heart Association 2008 Scientific Sessions in November 2008, and the American Heart Association Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Annual Conference 2009 in May 2009, suggest multiple effects of the drug on inflammation, as measured through histology, biomarkers and advanced imaging. These include:
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