SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation (NYSEMKT: APHB), a global leader in the development of bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapies to treat drug-resistant infections, today provided an update on the progress of its ongoing first-in-man Phase I clinical trial for chronic rhinosinusitis patients treated with AmpliPhi’s proprietary phage cocktail AB-SA01.
The first cohort, in which three patients were administered AB-SA01 twice daily for seven days, has been completed. Treatment was well tolerated and there were no apparent drug-related adverse events. The first patient in cohort two has been enrolled and is being treated with the same dose, twice daily for 14 days.
M. Scott Salka, CEO of AmpliPhi Biosciences, commented: “Bacteriophages are abundantly found in and around humans. This fact, combined with our initial clinical results, bolsters our expectation that phage therapy will prove to be safe and well tolerated. We are also encouraged that the preliminary data indicate decreased bacterial loads and an easing of symptoms following treatment. We look forward to treating the patients that will comprise cohorts two and three in which we will evaluate both longer treatment durations and a higher dose. We expect to complete the trial mid-year and report final data later in 2016.”
In an episode aired on April 19, 2016, the Australian Broadcast Company’s TV show, “Catalyst”, interviewed one of the patients in the trial as well as the trial’s Principal Investigator, Dr. Peter-John Wormald, during a segment highlighting phage therapy and its potential role in the fight against antibiotic resistant bacteria. The video can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4446258.htm. The segment begins at the 23:28 minute mark and ends at 26:45.
About AmpliPhi Biosciences
AmpliPhi Biosciences Corporation (NYSEMKT: APHB) is a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of novel bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapeutics. AmpliPhi's product development programs target infections that are often resistant to existing antibiotic treatments. AmpliPhi is currently conducting a Phase 1 clinical trial of AB-SA01 for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus in chronic rhinosinusitis patients and expects to report final data in the second half of 2016. AmpliPhi is also developing bacteriophage therapeutics targeting Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Clostridium difficile in collaboration with a number of leading organizations focused on the advancement of bacteriophage-based therapies.
Bacteriophage are naturally occurring viruses that are highly specific for the bacterial hosts they infect. They can rapidly kill their host, amplifying themselves in the process. Bacteriophage are unaffected by antibiotic resistance and are able to disrupt bacterial biofilms. Such biofilms are a major line of defense for bacteria, contributing to antibiotic resistance. Bacteriophage are able to penetrate biofilms and replicate locally to high levels, to produce strong local therapeutic effects.
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