WATERTOWN, Mass., April. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Enanta Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a research and development company dedicated to creating best-in-class small molecule drugs in the infectious disease field, announced today that key data from two of its hepatitis C (HCV) programs will be presented at the International Liver Congress™ 2012 (ILC2012), the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), April 18-22 in Barcelona, Spain. Oral presentations will discuss Phase 2 results from "Pilot" and "Co-Pilot", which investigated two different interferon-free combination regimens containing ABT-450, the lead candidate from Enanta's collaborative HCV protease inhibitor program with Abbott. ABT-450 will be included in two additional poster presentations and a third poster presentation will report in vitro data from Enanta's proprietary nucleotide HCV polymerase inhibitor program. Abstracts are available at www.easl.eu.
Phase 2 Data Highlights
In the study known as "Co-Pilot," different doses of ABT-450/r, plus ABT-333 and ribavirin administered for 12 weeks showed sustained virological response at 12 weeks post treatment (SVR12) in 93 percent and 95 percent of treatment-naive genotype 1 (GT1) patients. In these patients, response was independent of HCV subtype, host IL28B genotype or dose of ABT-450/r. In addition, SVR12 was achieved in 47 percent of patients who were previous non-responders to past HCV treatment.
In a separate study, known as "Pilot", 91 percent of genotype 1 infected, treatment-naive patients taking ABT-450/r and ABT-072 combined with ribavirin administered for 12 weeks, achieved sustained viral response at 24 weeks (SVR24).
"The results from Pilot and Co-Pilot showed very encouraging levels of sustained response and suggest that ABT-450 could be an important component in new interferon-free, all-oral regimens for previously treated and treatment-naive patients with HCV," said Jay Luly, Ph.D., President and CEO of Enanta. "Enanta's involvement in five distinct HCV drug classes provides multiple avenues to pursue our goal of bringing to patients innovative therapies that are safer and more effective than current treatments."
Oral Presentation, Eric Lawitz et al.; Thursday, April 19, 16:00-18:00 CET / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT.
A 12-week Interferon-Free Regimen of ABT-450/r, ABT-072, and Ribavirin was Well Tolerated and Achieved Sustained Virologic Response in 91% Treatment-Naive HCV IL28B-CC Genotype-1-Infected Subjects
Late-Breaking Oral Presentation, Fred Poordad, et al.; Saturday, April 21, 15:30-17:30 CET / 9:30-11:30 am EDT.
12-Week Interferon-Free Regimen of ABT-450/r+ABT-333+Ribavirin Achieved SVR12 in More Than 90% of Treatment-Naive HCV Genotype-1-Infected Subjects and 47% of Previous Non-Responders
Abbott is developing ABT-450 with low dose ritonavir (ABT-450/r) which enhances the pharmacokinetic properties of ABT-450, allowing for once daily dosing. The use of ritonavir 100 mg with ABT-450 for the treatment of HCV is investigational.
Poster #867, Tami Pilot-Matias et al.; Friday, April 20 (11:00-11:30, 12:30-14:00, 15:30-16:00 CET)
"In vitro combinatory effect of HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor ABT-450, NS5A inhibitor ABT-267, and non-nucleoside NS5B polymerase inhibitor ABT-333"
Poster #1187, Eric Lawitz et al; Saturday, April 21 (11:00-11:30, 12:30-13:30, 15:00-15:30 CET)
"ABT-450/ritonavir (ABT-450/r) combined with pegylated interferon alpha-2a/ribavirin after 3-day monotherapy in genotype 1 (GT1) HCV-infected treatment-naive subjects: 12-week sustained virologic response (SVR12) and safety results"
Poster #1200, Christopher M. Owens et al.; Saturday, April 21 (11:00 – 11:30, 12:30 – 13:30, 15:00 – 15:30 CET)
"Antiviral Activity of EP-NI266, a Potent Nucleotide HCV Polymerase Inhibitor"
About the Hepatitis C Virus
Hepatitis C is a liver disease affecting over 170 million people worldwide. The virus is spread through direct contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C increases a person's risk of developing chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer and death. Liver disease associated with HCV infection is growing rapidly, and there is an acute need for new therapies that are safer and more effective. Specifically targeted antiviral therapies for HCV, such as NS3/4a protease and NS5A inhibitors, may have the potential to increase the proportion of patients in whom the virus can be eradicated.
Enanta Pharmaceuticals is a research and development company that uses its novel chemistry approach and drug discovery capabilities to create best in class small molecule drugs in the infectious disease field. Enanta is discovering and developing novel inhibitors and combinations of inhibitors targeted against the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). These inhibitors include members of the direct acting antiviral (DAA) inhibitor classes– protease (partnered with Abbott), NS5A (partnered with Novartis), nucleotide polymerase, and a host targeted antiviral (HTA) inhibitor class targeted against cyclophilin. Through its partnership with Abbott, collaboration protease inhibitor ABT-450 is being evaluated in combination with Abbott's non-nucleoside polymerase and NS5A inhibitors. Additionally, the Company has created a new class of antibiotics, called Bicyclolides, which overcomes bacterial resistance. Antibacterial focus areas include overcoming resistance to superbugs, treating respiratory tract infections, and developing intravenous and oral treatments for hospital and community MRSA infections. Enanta is a privately held company headquartered in Watertown, Mass. Enanta's news releases and other information are available on the company's web site at www.enanta.com.
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