Stockholm, Sweden — Medivir AB (Nasdaq Stockholm: MVIR) today announces that
Janssen Research & Development, LLC., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical
Companies (Janssen), has decided to initiate a phase IIb study to investigate
the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of different treatment regimens of AL
-335, odalasvir, and simeprevir in treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced
patients with chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) genotype 1-6 infection, with and
This global phase IIb study is a randomized, open-label, four-arm study of AL
-335, a nucleotide-based HCV NS5B polymerase inhibitor, odalasvir, an HCV NS5A
inhibitor and simeprevir, an HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor. Approximately 400
patients will be randomized to one of four treatment arms and receive once daily
treatment for a duration of six or eight weeks. Patients in two of the four arms
will receive AL-335, odalasvir and simeprevir, a compound jointly developed by
Janssen Sciences Ireland UC and Medivir AB, while patients in the other two arms
will receive only AL-335 and odalasvir. The primary endpoint of the study is the
percentage of chronic HCV-infected subjects who achieve a sustained virologic
response 12 weeks after the end of treatment (SVR12). The study is intended to
start in June 2016 and the estimated date for completion is July 2017.
Further information about the study can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Study identifier: NCT02765490.
For further information, please contact:
Ola Burmark, CFO Medivir AB, mobile: +46 (0) 725 480 580
Medivir is required under the Securities Markets Act to make the information in
this press release public.
The information was submitted for publication at 9.15 CET on 11 May 2016.
About Simeprevir (OLYSIO®)
Simeprevir is an NS3/4A protease inhibitor jointly developed by Janssen Sciences
Ireland UC and Medivir AB and indicated for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C
infection as a component of a combination antiviral treatment regimen.
Simeprevir efficacy has been established in HCV genotype 1 and HCV genotype 4
infected patients with compensated liver disease, including cirrhosis. Janssen
is responsible for the global clinical development of simeprevir and has
exclusive, worldwide marketing rights, except in the Nordic countries. Medivir
AB retains marketing rights for simeprevir in these countries under the
marketing authorization held by Janssen-Cilag International NV. In November
2013, simeprevir was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and, in May
2014, it was granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission.
Subsequent marketing authorisations have followed in several other countries
around the world. Indications vary by market.
Medivir is a research based pharmaceutical company with a research focus on
oncology and infectious diseases. We have a leading competence within protease
inhibitor design and nucleotide/nucleoside science and we are dedicated to
develop innovative pharmaceuticals that meet great unmet medical need. Our
commercial organization provides a portfolio of specialty care pharmaceuticals
on the Nordic market.Medivir is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm Mid Cap List.