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ViroPharma and Halozyme Therapeutics Announce Positive Data From Initial Phase 2 Assessment of Subcutaneous Cinryze® (C1 esterase inhibitor [human]) with Hyaluronidase (rHuPH20)
Date:12/6/2011

EXTON, Pa., Dec. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ViroPharma Incorporated (Nasdaq: VPHM) and Halozyme Therapeutics (Nasdaq: HALO) today announced positive top line data from ViroPharma's open-label, multiple dose Phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of subcutaneous administration of Cinryze® (C1 esterase inhibitor [human)] in combination with Halozyme's Enhanze™ technology, a proprietary drug delivery platform using Halozyme's recombinant human hyaluronidase enzyme (rHuPH20), in subjects with hereditary angioedema (HAE), a rare, debilitating and potentially fatal genetic disease.

In this study, the addition of rHuPH20 led to higher maximum levels and greater systemic exposure of functional and antigenic C1 inhibitor (C1 INH) for both Cinryze doses evaluated (1000 and 2000 units) as compared to subcutaneous administration of Cinryze alone.  In addition, administration of Cinryze with rHuPH20 resulted in mean functional C1 INH levels that are clinically relevant and potentially associated with protection against HAE attacks. The most commonly reported adverse events are mild local injection site reactions such as erythema and pain. 

Complete data are expected to be presented at a future international scientific meeting.

"We are very encouraged by these initial data from this Phase 2 study of subcutaneous delivery of Cinryze in combination with rHuPH20, which are informative for the trial design of the upcoming Phase 2 dose ranging combination study," commented Colin Broom, MD, ViroPharma's chief scientific officer.  "These preliminary data suggest that rHuPH20 enhances the delivery and absorption of Cinryze, and increases systemic exposure to C1 inhibitor relative to subcutaneous Cinryze administered alone. We
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