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Oxford BioMedica Announces Interim Update on ProSavin® Phase I/II Study in Parkinson's Disease

-- Positive review of all patient cohorts by Data Monitoring Committee --
-- ProSavin® provides long-term improvement of motor function --

Oxford, UK – 15 December 2011: Oxford BioMedica plc (“Oxford BioMedica” or “the Company”) (LSE: OXB), the leading gene-based biopharmaceutical company, today announces new data from its Phase I/II study to assess the safety, efficacy and dose evaluation of ProSavin® in patients with mid-stage Parkinson’s disease (PD).  As part of an interim review, Oxford BioMedica and its clinical experts have analysed the current data set for all 15 patients and there is a pre-recorded webcast available via: http://cache.cantos.com/webcast/static/ec2/4000/5275/9523/9863/Lobby/default.htm

Summary of Oxford BioMedica’s efficacy analysis of all 15 patients treated:

  • ProSavin® mediates improvement in UPDRS Part III “OFF” scores1 in all cohorts at six-month primary efficacy endpoint;
  • Population analysis of cohorts 1-3 indicates that ProSavin® significantly improves motor function relative to baseline, with statistically significant improvements up to 12 months;
  • ProSavin® demonstrates efficacy across range of disease severity; and
  • Treatment with ProSavin® supports average reduction in L-DOPA “equivalent” therapy in all cohorts with signs of a dose-related response - cohort 4 (5x dose) indicates highest level of dopamine provision vs. earlier cohorts

1. Motor function is assessed according to the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) in patients’ “OFF” state (i.e. after withdrawal of PD medication).

ProSavin® has been evaluated in four ascending dose cohorts (1x, 2x and 5x) in a total of 15 patients.  Six patients received the 2x dose, the latter three of which were treated using an enhanced administration procedure which facilitates higher dosing, and six patients received the 5x dose.  The primary efficacy end-point of the Phase I/II trial is the six-month UPDRS assessment and results from all six patients in the fourth (5x dose) cohort are expected in H1 2012.  Results from the latest assessment of all four cohorts have now been verified and reviewed by the study’s independent Data Monitoring Committee (DMC).

DMC highlights of all four patient cohorts (n=15):

  • Favourable safety profile with no serious adverse events related to ProSavin® or the enhanced administration technique;
  • Cohort 4 (5x dose) shows most promising signs of efficacy to date including improved UPDRS Part III “OFF” scores, improved UPDRS Part III “ON” scores2 despite a reduction in L-DOPA “equivalent” therapy and a reduced Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan signal implying a higher level of dopamine provision;
  • Average L-DOPA “equivalent” therapy has either reduced or remained stable in all four cohorts, in what is usually a progressively degenerative disease requiring an increase in dose; and
  • Long-term safety profile 36 months post-treatment (1x dose)

2. UPDRS in patients’ “ON” state (i.e. with medication and when PD symptoms are not present).

Professor Olivier Rascol, Chair of the independent DMC, said: “We are pleased that ProSavin® and the enhanced administration technique continue to demonstrate a long-term safety profile.  The signals of improvements in motor function with decreased oral dopaminergic therapy observed to date are encouraging, particularly at the 5x dose.  The functional imaging data also suggest possible dopamine provision attributable to ProSavin® at this dose.  We would support investigation of a further dose escalation for this novel product as part of a Phase II development programme.”

Oxford BioMedica and its clinical experts believe that the interim ProSavin® data set continues to support planning for a sham-controlled Phase II study.  During 2011, the Company has identified and developed an enhanced product construct based on the ProSavin® dopaminergic enzymes.  The new construct can potentially provide more than a 10-fold increase in dopamine production capacity, allowing further dose escalation without impacting volume or rate of administration.  In addition, the new construct offers extended patent protection and a relative reduction in cost of goods, thus increasing the commercial opportunity for ProSavin®.  The Company looks forward to six-month results from all six patients in the fourth (5x dose) cohort in H1 2012 and, given the potential of the new construct, will evaluate a strategy to move it into development as part of a Phase II programme.

John Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford BioMedica, said: "Our pioneering Phase I/II trial is designed to assess the safety of ProSavin® and provide an indication of efficacy.  We are therefore pleased to see such encouraging improvements across several measures of clinical benefit in patients with an inexorably degenerative disease at this stage of development. 

“Based on our positive analyses to date, independent advice from our Data Monitoring Committee and our discussions with potential partners, we believe that this data set supports exploration of a higher dose as part of a Phase II programme to ensure the greatest chance of success in randomised studies.  Partnering discussions continue and we look forward to reporting further progress in 2012.”

Historic analysis of the Phase I/II study and top-line motor function has focused on individual patient cohorts (as seen in table 1 below).  When treating small numbers of patients, results can vary considerably - particularly in a heterogeneous disease such as Parkinson’s disease.  For a more comprehensive and informative analysis of the current data set, please refer to the pre-recorded webcast.

Table 1: Summary of independently verified improvements in motor function to date

Cohort3 Dose Administration
method
3 months
(UPDRS)
6 months
(UPDRS)
1 year
(UPDRS)
2 years
(UPDRS)
1, n=3 1x Original Mean 27%
Max, up to 30%  
Mean 30%
Max, up to 48%
Mean 29%
Max, up to 44%
Mean 20%
Max, up to 30%
2, n=3 2x Original Mean 28%
Max, up to 53%
Mean 34%
Max, up to 53%
Mean 29%
Max, up to 56%
Mean 27%
Max. up to 47%
3, n=3 2x Enhanced Mean 26%
Max. up to 52%
Mean 43%
Max, up to 61%
Mean 28%
Max. up to 48%
-
4, n=6 5x Enhanced Mean 29%
Max. up to 49%
(n=3 of 6)
Mean 24%
Max.up to 31%
- -

3. Cohorts 3 and 4 had more severe mean baseline UPDRS scores than previous cohorts, therefore some patients may also have to overcome other features of PD e.g. muscle weakness, rigidity etc.

 

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Notes to editors

About Oxford BioMedica®

Oxford BioMedica (LSE:OXB) is a leading gene and cell therapy company focused on developing life changing treatments for serious diseases. Oxford BioMedica and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) have built a sector leading lentiviral vector delivery platform (LentiVector®) through which the Group develops in vivo and ex-vivo products both in-house and with partners. The Group has created a valuable proprietary portfolio of gene and cell therapy product candidates in the areas of oncology, ophthalmology and CNS disorders. The Group has also entered into a number of partnerships, including with Novartis, Sanofi, GSK, and Immune Design, through which it has long-term economic interests in other potential gene and cell therapy products. Oxford BioMedica is based across several locations in Oxfordshire, UK and employs more than 250 people. Further information is available at www.oxfordbiomedica.co.uk.

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