Altimmune Launches Clinical Trial of T-COVIDTM, an Investigational Intranasal Immune Modulator for the Treatment of Patients with Early COVID-19
- Clearance of IND application received from the
- Planned Phase 1/2 outpatient clinical trial will focus on patients with early SARS-CoV-2 infection
- Placebo-controlled trial expected to commence in June with data readout expected in Q4 2020
- Therapeutic development program will complement Company’s single-dose intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AdCOVID
- Company to host conference call on
Monday, June 1, 2020at 8:30 a.m.
T-COVID is based on the same replication-deficient adenovirus 5 (RD-Ad5) vector technology behind Altimmune’s intranasal vaccine candidates, which include NasoVAX for influenza, NasoShield for anthrax, and AdCOVID for COVID-19, but it acts through a different mechanism. In preclinical studies sponsored by the
The Company believes that treatment with T-COVID administered as a single intranasal dose to patients with an early onset of symptoms and recent diagnosis of COVID-19 may prevent the progression to severe lung inflammation and thereby decrease the development of severe COVID-19 and the need for hospitalization. The FDA has agreed that the Company may use its existing lot of RD-Ad5-based NasoVAX influenza vaccine for the planned T-COVID clinical trial allowing the Company to immediately initiate the study.
The planned clinical trial will evaluate the potential of T-COVID to prevent clinical worsening in patients with early COVID-19. The double-blind trial is expected to enroll approximately 100 patients who are 35 years and older randomized 1:1 to receive either intranasal T-COVID or placebo administered in an outpatient (non-hospitalized) setting within 48 hours of onset of symptoms and 24 hours of diagnosis. The study will be enrolled in 3 cohorts of increasing risk factors for severe COVID-19, with the final cohort enrolling patients of all ages and risk factors. The primary efficacy endpoint is the proportion of patients with clinical worsening, defined as a 4% decrease in pulse oxygen saturation (SpO2), or need for hospitalization.
The Company believes this approach is differentiated from other COVID-19 therapeutics currently in development as it is focused on non-hospitalized patients prior to the development of pulmonary dysfunction or the need for hospitalization. T-COVID is being studied as a single intranasal dose, not requiring the use of needles or infusions, and has the potential to be self-administered. Additionally, based on the current stability profile at ambient (room) temperatures, T-COVID has the potential to be widely distributed without the need for refrigeration.
“The preclinical data on RD-AD5 and the potential applicability of our vector technology as a therapeutic approach to COVID-19 suggests that we may be able to protect patients with COVID-19 from the need for hospitalization,” said
The Company’s intranasal RD-Ad5 vectors have been studied in five clinical studies in healthy subjects and appeared to be safe and well-tolerated. Pending a successful trial readout, Altimmune anticipates future discussions with FDA about additional clinical trials and Emergency Use Authorization. The Company believes the mechanism of action underlying T-COVID has the potential to be studied for both pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis for higher-risk individuals, such as frontline healthcare workers, making it attractive as a potential first-line defense for other viral pathogens for which vaccines are not yet available, such as in an influenza pandemic or new strains of coronavirus.
“I am encouraged by the potential use of T-COVID in the treatment of respiratory viral illnesses like COVID-19,” added Dr.
This therapeutic intervention complements the Company’s development of AdCOVID, a single-dose, prophylactic intranasal vaccine candidate designed to specifically protect against COVID-19, which is also based on the RD-Ad5 vector. It is expected that AdCOVID, which expresses the spike antigen of SARS-CoV-2 virus, will promote mucosal and systemic immunity including IgA in the nasal cavity, neutralizing antibodies and T cell responses as previously demonstrated in a clinical study with the Company’s intranasal adenoviral vector technology. Stimulation of nasal mucosal immunity may be especially important in the prevention and control of COVID-19 as the nasal cavity is a key site for SARS-CoV-2 replication.
Conference call and Webcast Information
Altimmune will host a conference call and webcast to discuss T-COVID on
Following the conclusion of the call, the webcast will be available for replay on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.altimmune.com. The company has used, and intends to continue to use, the investor relations portion of its website as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with disclosure obligations under Regulation FD.
Altimmune is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for liver disease, immune modulating therapies and vaccines. Our diverse pipeline includes next generation peptide therapeutics for NASH (ALT-801) and chronic hepatitis B (HepTcell™), an intranasal immune modulator for COVID-19 (T-COVID™) and intranasal vaccines (NasoVAX™, NasoShield™ and AdCOVID™). For more information on Altimmune, please visit www.altimmune.com.
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