GERMANTOWN, Md., Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Precigen Triple-Gene, a clinical stage cardiovascular gene therapy company and majority-owned subsidiary of Precigen, Inc. (Nasdaq: PGEN), today announced six-month follow-up data from the Phase I trial of INXN-4001 (clinical trial identifier: NCT03409627), a multigenic investigational therapeutic candidate under evaluation for the treatment of heart failure. The INXN-4001 investigational therapy uses a non-viral plasmid designed to constitutively express human SDF-1α, VEGF165, and S100A1 gene products, which affect progenitor cell recruitment, angiogenesis, and calcium handling, respectively. INXN-4001 is designed to target the underlying molecular mechanisms of pathological myocardial remodelling and is delivered to the ventricle via retrograde coronary sinus infusion (RCSI).
The primary objectives of the Phase I study are to evaluate the safety of INXN-4001 infusion into the myocardium of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients and to demonstrate safety and feasibility of RCSI. Secondary endpoints include improvements in 6-min walk test (6MWT) duration and distance and quality of life, as assessed by Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) responses.
Twelve chronic heart failure patients were treated with INXN-4001 in either Cohort 1 (80 mg/40 ml; n=6) or Cohort 2 (80 mg/80 mL; n=6) and 10 were evaluated for six-month follow-up. The study has met the primary endpoints to evaluate safety and feasibility for INXN-4001. The infusions of INXN-4001 were overall well tolerated, with no adverse events attributed to INXN-4001, whereas one serious adverse event was considered related to the infusion procedure.
Furthermore, preliminary assessment of the secondary endpoints show improvement by at least five points in total KCCQ score, a validated tool qualified by the FDA for Clinical Outcome Assessment, was observed in 50% of patients evaluable (5 out of 10) at the six-month follow-up visit. These included four patients treated in Cohort 1 and one patient treated in Cohort 2. Of the evaluable patients, 50% (4 out of 8) had an improvement in the 6MWT (> 50 meters in distance walked) at six months post-infusion compared to pre-treatment baseline.
«Overall the data support that INXN-4001 is well tolerated in patients with chronic heart failure on an LVAD,» said Douglas L. Mann, MD, a leading cardiologist and key opinion leader in the field of heart failure. «Moreover, there was evidence of improvement in patient reported outcomes six months after treatment.»
«Heart failure is a devastating disease with high unmet medical need. We are encouraged that INXN-4001 successfully met the primary safety and feasibility endpoints and that the preliminary assessment of the secondary endpoints show promising improvements in the quality of life six months after treatment for these patients,» said Helen Sabzevari, PhD, President and CEO of Precigen. «We look forward to sharing the final study results at the 12-month interval.»
About Precigen Triple-Gene
Precigen Triple-Gene, a majority-owned subsidiary of Precigen, Inc. (Nasdaq: PGEN), is a clinical stage gene therapy company focused on advancing targeted, controllable, and multigenic gene therapies for the treatment of complex cardiovascular diseases. The Company’s lead product is a non-viral investigational gene therapy candidate that drives expression of three candidate effector genes involved in heart failure. Learn more about Precigen Triple-Gene at www.precigen.com/triple-gene/.
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