Sangamo BioSciences Announces Phase 2b Trial of SB-509 in Diabetic Neuropathy Did Not Meet Key Study Endpoints

Company to Discontinue SB-509 Development to Focus on Pipeline of ZFP® Therapeutics for HIV and Monogenic Diseases

Company to Hold Conference Call at 8:30 am ET Today to Discuss Data

RICHMOND, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGMO) today announced that its Phase 2b study (SB-509-901) did not meet its primary or secondary clinical endpoints in subjects with moderate severity diabetic neuropathy (DN) as compared to placebo.

"We are disappointed that this trial did not produce a better outcome in the pre-specified primary and secondary endpoints," said Edward Lanphier, Sangamo's president and CEO. "Based on these results, we will discontinue further development of SB-509 and will focus our attention and resources on our pipeline of ZFP Therapeutics for HIV and monogenic diseases for which our genome editing technology is uniquely well positioned. We would like to thank the patients, investigators and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for their support and participation in the trial."

Phase 2b Trial Results

  • SB-509 treatment did not show statistically significant improvements from baseline compared with placebo at 180 days in the primary endpoint, sural nerve conduction velocity (sNCV), the secondary endpoint, neuropathy impairment score in the lower limb (NIS-LL), or intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD).
  • In a pre-specified analysis, a clinically relevant improvement was observed in the mean total LENSE score of 3.4 points in SB-509-treated subjects compared to a 1.9 point improvement in placebo treated subjects from baseline (p=0.11). This trend affected pinprick and touch pressure sensation more than vibration, and was primarily due to improvement seen in subjects with a baseline IENFD score of <9 fibers/mm. In this group the effect on total LENSE score was more prominent at 90 days (mean improvement of 4.3 points in treated subjects compared with a worsening of 0.8 points in placebo subjects; p=0.008) than at 180 days (mean improvement of 4.8 points in treated subjects compared with an improvement of 1.8 points in placebo subjects; p=0.08).

•SB-509 was generally well-tolerated. There were three serious adverse events in the SB-509 treated group compared with three serious adverse events in the placebo group. The remaining adverse events were mild and reversible and were generally equivalent in both groups.


The full clinical data set will be published or presented at an appropriate medical meeting.

"While positive effects on major endpoints in SB-509-treated subjects in this trial were of a similar magnitude to those observed in our earlier Phase 2 trial (SB-509-601), the placebo group in the SB-509-901 study showed an unexpected improvement in these measures over the 180 day test period," stated Dale Ando, M.D., Sangamo's vice president of therapeutic development and chief medical officer. "Although LENSE was only an exploratory endpoint in the trial, the positive outcomes that we observed were scientifically intriguing. LENSE uses assessments routinely applied in clinical neurological examination and provides a measure of patient-reported sensory function, in contrast to current endpoints such as NCV whose clinical relevance is less clear."

Phase 2b Trial Design (SB-509-901)

The double blind, repeat-dosing, placebo controlled Phase 2b study, SB-509-901, was designed to finalize dose, schedule, and primary and secondary endpoints for pivotal Phase 3 trials. The trial accumulated data on endpoints including nerve conduction velocity in the sural nerve (sNCV, the primary endpoint), Neurological Impairment Score in the Lower Limb (NIS-LL, the secondary endpoint), as well as exploratory endpoints of Lower Extremity Neurological Sensory Examination (LENSE), quality of life assessments (QOL) and intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD). The study involved a total of 170 subjects who were randomized 1:1 between placebo and treatment groups.

About SB-509

SB-509 is an injectable plasmid encoding a zinc finger DNA-binding protein (ZFP) transcription factor (ZFP TF) designed to upregulate the endogenous expression of the gene encoding vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A). In pre-clinical studies, VEGF-A has been demonstrated to have direct angiogenic, neurotrophic and neuroprotective properties.

About Diabetic Neuropathy

The Centers for Disease Control estimate that from 1980 through 2010, the number of Americans with diabetes has more than quadrupled from 5.6 million to 25.8 million and that of those about 60 to 70 percent have mild to severe forms of neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a progressive degenerative disease that is one of the most frequent complications of diabetes, affecting between 15.8 and 18 million Americans in 2010. High blood glucose levels lead to nerve damage over time, primarily affecting peripheral nerves. Symptoms include numbness, tingling sensations and pain particularly in the toes or feet, which gradually evolve to loss of sensation and motor function as nerve damage progresses. Ulcers and sores may appear on numb areas of the foot as pressure wounds or injuries go unnoticed. Despite palliative treatment, these areas of trauma frequently become infected and this infection may spread to the bone, necessitating amputation of the leg or foot. More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes.

Conference Call

Sangamo will host a conference call to discuss these results today, October 3, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. ET, which will be open to the public. The call will also be webcast live and can be accessed via a link on the Sangamo BioSciences website in the Investor Relations section under "Events and Presentations" The webcast replay will also be available for two weeks after the call.

The conference call dial-in numbers are (877) 377-7553 for domestic callers and (678) 894-3968 for international callers. The passcode for the call is 15507481. For those unable to listen in at the designated time, a conference call replay will be available for one week following the conference call, from approximately 11:30 am ET on October 3, 2011 to midnight ET on October 10, 2011. The conference call replay numbers for domestic and international callers are (855) 859-2056 and (404) 537-3406 respectively. The conference ID number for the replay is 15507481.

About Sangamo

Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. is focused on research and development of novel DNA-binding proteins for therapeutic gene regulation and modification.  The most advanced ZFP Therapeutic® development program is SB-509, which recently reported Phase 2b clinical trial data in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Sangamo also has a Phase 1/2 clinical trial and two ongoing Phase 1 clinical trials to evaluate safety and clinical effect of a treatment for HIV/AIDS as well as a Phase 1 trial of a treatment for recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. Other therapeutic development programs are focused on Parkinson's disease, monogenic diseases, neuropathic pain and nerve regeneration.  Sangamo's core competencies enable the engineering of a class of DNA-binding proteins called zinc finger DNA-binding proteins (ZFPs).  By engineering ZFPs that recognize a specific DNA sequence, Sangamo has created ZFP transcription factors (ZFP TFs) that can control gene expression and, consequently, cell function.  Sangamo is also developing sequence-specific ZFP Nucleases (ZFNs) for gene modification.  Sangamo has established strategic partnerships with companies in non-therapeutic applications of its technology including Dow AgroSciences and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. For more information about Sangamo, visit the company's website at

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