Bioniche Phase III Clinical Trial with Urocidin(TM) Given Continued Green Light by DMC
The Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) held its ninth meeting regarding this clinical trial last week. After its meeting, the Committee has recommended that Bioniche “continue the trial unmodified until the next scheduled or triggered meeting.” The next scheduled meeting of the Committee is scheduled to occur in October.
The DMC is an independent group that acts in an advisory capacity to the Company. Its role is to evaluate the progress of the clinical trial, including monitoring the safety and efficacy data generated in the trial. On a regular basis, the DMC reviews study results, evaluates the incidence of adverse events, determines whether the basic trial assumptions remain valid, and evaluates whether the overall integrity, scientific merit and conduct of the study remain acceptable.
Data from the full cohort of 105 high-grade bladder cancer patients from this trial, coupled with additional safety information to be collected from a second clinical trial that is expected to start later this year, will be used to support regulatory submissions under the FDA’s Accelerated Approval program.
Second Phase III Registration Trial
Bioniche is working with its new licensing partner, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., on setting up clinical trial sites for a second registration trial that will directly compare the efficacy and safety of Urocidin with BCG in the first-line treatment of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer.
In September, 2007, the Company announced that an agreement had been reached with the FDA under the Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) procedure on the design of the trial, including its endpoints, data analysis and conduct. It provides assurance that, if the trial endpoints are met, they will serve as the basis for product approval under a Biologics Licensing Application (BLA). An SPA gives a clear pathway to registration of Urocidin when the trial endpoints are achieved. This indication for MCC received Fast Track designation by the FDA last year.
About Bladder Cancer
Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer is a form of bladder cancer localized in the surface layers of the bladder that has not yet spread into the deeper muscle layer. This form of bladder cancer is treated predominantly by urologists using surgical resection and intravesical infusion therapy. Urocidin is an intravesical infusion therapy, administered via trans-urethral catheter into the bladder.
Urocidin is a formulation of MCC, a sterile mycobacterial cell wall-DNA complex composition that has a dual mode of action: immune stimulation and direct anticancer activity. Urocidin is formulated for the treatment of bladder cancer, where it is administered by trans-urethral catheter directly into the bladder, coming into contact with immune system cells and bladder cancer cells. Industry
About Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. is a research-based, technology-driven Canadian biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of proprietary products for human and animal health markets worldwide. The fully-integrated company employs approximately 200 skilled personnel and has three operating divisions: Human Health, Animal Health, and Food Safety. The Company’s primary goal has been to develop proprietary cancer therapies supported by revenues from marketed products in human and animal health. Bioniche has been named one of the Top 50 Best Small and Medium-Sized Employers in
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