|Bellerophon Receives Approval to Commence Phase 2 Trial in PH-COPD|
-- Trial expected to commence in third quarter; Results to be reported by year end 2016 --
Approximately 12 million people in
The Phase 2 study of INOpulse for PH-COPD is designed to demonstrate the potential benefit of INOpulse on exercise capacity for patients suffering from PH-COPD and will enroll 10 COPD patients with PH on LTOT. The trial is an open-label study of iNO 30 mcg/kg IBW (Ideal Body Weight)/hour for four weeks with a follow up visit two weeks after discontinuation of iNO. After four weeks of treatment, patients’ vasodilation in pulmonary arteries will be measured by high resolution CT scanning (HRCT), with a key secondary endpoint of 6MWD at four weeks.
“This study builds on the results of earlier work by the Vonbank group in
“The prognosis of COPD patients with severe PH is very poor and there is currently no approved therapy to treat this condition. We look forward to developing a therapy for this serious unmet medical need and reporting results by year end 2016,” concluded Mr. Peacock.
Bellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies at the intersection of drugs and devices that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Company is currently developing three product candidates under its INOpulse platform, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery system. The first is for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), for which the Company intends to commence Phase 3 clinical trials in 2016. The second is for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (PH-COPD), which is in Phase 2 development and the third candidate is for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension associated with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (PH-IPF). The Company’s plans also call for the completion of further work on the use of INOpulse to treat PH-COPD and PH-IPF during 2016. For more information, please visit www.bellerophon.com.
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