GENFIT Simultaneously Launches Two Phase II Clinical Trials Its Proprietary Drug Candidate GFT505 Aiming at the Global Treatment of the Cardiometabolic Disease
GFT505 targets, within the scope of the two ongoing Phase II trials, two indications among the possible indications of this very promising, pluripotent and multimodal drug candidate: type IIb dyslipidemia and atherogenic dyslipidemia in pre-diabetic patients with abdominal
The results of the two Phase II clinical trials are expected in March and June 2008.
"The promising results of the Phase I clinical trial revealed a highly satisfactory safety margin. This drug candidate demonstrated in animal models significant positive effects on triglycerides, insulinresistance, HDL cholesterol and the prevention and stabilization of the atherosclerotic plaque confirming the pluripotent nature of GFT505. We are very enthusiastic to begin this new step in the development of GFT505, especially now that the scientific international community acknowledges the central role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPAR nuclear receptors) in the mechanisms of regulation of lipid and glucose metabolism", explained Professor Jean-Charles Fruchart, Chairman of GENFITâ€™s Supervisory Board and President of the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS).
The GFT505 mechanism of action triggers PPAR nuclear receptors. GFT505 is endowed with a totally novel profile: it is a pan-SPPARM (Selective PPAR Modulator alpha, gamma, delta) with preferential activity on PPAR alpha.
GFT505 is the most advanced molecule of a new generation of drug candidates developed by GENFIT, which aim at the prevention of the global cardiometabolic risk. Stemming from the Selective Nuclear Receptor Modulator (SNuRM) platform developed by GENFIT, this new generation of drug candidates has a sophisticated mechanism of action. These compounds are able to differentially recruit cofactors to the nuclear receptor, which subsequently leads to differential regulation of genes and biological effect. Therefore, the ability to identify and profile the activity of SNuRMs is a powerful approach to select innovative drug candidates with improved efficacy and less side effects.These
pluripotent and multimodal molecules have significant positive effects on obesity, insulin-resistance and diabetes, atherosclerosis and inflammation and the lipid triad (increasing of HDL cholesterol, lowering of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol). These molecules also revealed neuro-protective effects in ischemia models and may therefore be used to prevent and treat neuro-degenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases).
Jean-FranÃ§ois Mouney, Chairman of GENFITâ€™s Management Board: "GFT505 offers significant competitive advantages compared to existing marketed drugs. This drug candidate, discovered and developed by GENFIT, for which we own all the intellectual property rights, is the first drug candidate stemming from our SNuRM platform. Designed with the best of our know-how, it prefigures what will soon come out of our more early-stage programs. GENFIT is massively investing in such programs in order to be in a position to out-license to Pharmaceutical companies new drug candidates that will safely and fully address colossal unmet patient needs."
An emerging biopharmaceutical company, GENFIT studies the deregulation of genes implicated in the most widespread diseases. GENFITâ€™s scientists identify new therapeutic targets and develop drug candidates designed specifically for such targets. GENFITâ€™s programs, conducted in partnership with industrial pharmaceutical companies such as SANOFI-AVENTIS, PIERRE FABRE, FOURNIER (SOLVAY Group), MERCK AG, SERVIER, deal with the most prevalent metabolic and inflammatory diseases. GENFITâ€™s internal drug discovery and development focuses on global cardiometabolic risks, attacking several pathologies (atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, etc.) simultaneously, using a multimodal approach to identify single molecules addressing multiples indications.
GENFIT possesses a rich and diversified pipeline of drug candidates in all stages of development, carried out by GENFIT alone or in partnership. Four molecules are in Phase II: 2 proprietary products and 2 molecules in partnership with Sanofi-Aventis (AVE8134 and AVE0847). In addition, another molecule in partnership with Sanofi-Aventis (AVE0897) is completing Phase I.
With facilities in Lille, France, and Cambridge (USA), the Company was founded by Jean-FranÃ§ois MOUNEY, Chairman of the Management Board, with the scientific support of Jean-Charles FRUCHART, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. As of September of 2007, its staff was comprised of 130 employees, including more than 100 scientists. Genfit is a public company listed on the Alternext of EuronextTM Paris. (www.genfit.com).
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