Potent anti-Candida activity shown in vaginal acidic pH and high penetration into vaginal tissue
Positive efficacy data reported from proof-of-concept Phase 2 VVC study
JERSEY CITY, N.J., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SCYNEXIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCYX), a biotechnology company delivering innovative anti-infective therapies for difficult-to-treat and often life-threatening infections, today reported data for SCY-078, the Company’s lead clinical development candidate, which were presented at the 2017 Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG) Annual Meeting, August 10-12, 2017 in Park City, UT. SCY-078 is the first representative of a novel oral and intravenous (IV) triterpenoid antifungal family in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of several fungal infections, including vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) infections, commonly known as yeast infections.
“The data presented at IDSOG highlight SCY-078’s high penetration into vaginal tissue after oral administration and its potent anti-Candida activity in acidic pH conditions, characteristic of the vaginal setting. Additionally, the data showcase the efficacy of SCY-078 vs. fluconazole observed in our prior Phase 2 study in patients with VVC,” said David Angulo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of SCYNEXIS. “These data affirm the potential clinical utility of oral SCY-078 and justify its continued development as a treatment for VVC. We remain encouraged by the collective data that reveal SCY-078’s potential as an important treatment option for women suffering from VVC, including those struggling with recurrent episodes.”
“These data add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating oral SCY-078’s potential efficacy against Candida in the vulvovaginal setting,” said Marco Taglietti, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of SCYNEXIS. “With the recent initiation of our Phase 2 dose-finding study evaluating oral SCY-078 in female patients with VVC (the DOVE study), we are continuing to maximize the value of the SCY-078 platform by advancing the oral formulation of SCY-078. The DOVE study is a critical step towards our goal to provide a treatment option for VVC patients, particularly those with recurrent VVC, for which there are currently no approved therapies.”
SCY-078 Showed Enhanced Potency Against Candida in Acidic Environments
The first poster, “The Effect of pH on the In Vitro Antifungal Activity of SCY-078,” presented results of a study showing the in vitro activity of SCY-078 against vaginal isolates of Candida glabrata and Candida albicans as compared to other antifungals in neutral and acidic pH levels, representing the acidic environment of the vagina. SCY-078 exhibited enhanced potency against the Candida isolates in these acidic pH environments whereas fluconazole, consistent with previous reports, showed reduced potency under acidic conditions.
SCY-078 Showed High Vaginal Tissue Concentration
The second poster, “Vaginal Concentrations of SCY-078, a Novel Glucan Synthase Inhibitor, Following Oral Administration in Mice,” presented results of a study on the vaginal tissue distribution of SCY-078 following oral administration in mice. In this study, SCY-078 demonstrated vaginal tissue concentrations that exceed those observed in plasma by several-fold, confirming SCY-078’s ability to readily distribute and accumulate in the vagina.
SCY-078 Showed Higher Clinical Cure Rates and a Lower Recurrence Rate than Standard of Care in Previously Conducted VVC Phase 2 Study
The oral presentation, “A Multicenter, Randomized, Evaluator Blinded, Active-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Oral SCY-078 vs. Oral Fluconazole in 96 Subjects with Moderate to Severe Vulvovaginal Candidiasis,” presented the positive results of the Phase 2a proof-of-concept trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of oral SCY-078 in female patients with moderate to severe VVC as compared to fluconazole (the SCY-078-203 study). In this trial, oral SCY-078 demonstrated a higher clinical cure rate (78.1%) vs. fluconazole (65.6%) at the test of cure time point (day 24, intent to treat population), as well as a lower recurrence rate (4%) vs. fluconazole (15%) during the four-month follow up period. These data highlight oral SCY-078’s potential as a treatment for VVC and recurrent VVC, most notably its potential efficacy advantages as compared to fluconazole.
SCY-078 is an antifungal agent in clinical development for the treatment of fungal infections caused by Candida and Aspergillus species. SCY-078 is a triterpenoid, semi-synthetic derivative of the natural product enfumafungin—a structurally distinct and novel class of glucan synthase inhibitor. SCY-078 combines the well-established activity of glucan synthase inhibitors with the potential flexibility of having IV and oral formulations. By belonging to a chemical class distinct from other antifungals, SCY-078 has shown in vitro and in vivo activity against multi-drug resistant pathogens, including azole- and echinocandin-resistant strains. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Fast Track, Qualified Infectious Disease Product and Orphan Drug Designations for the formulations of SCY-078 for the indications of invasive candidiasis (including candidemia) and invasive aspergillosis.
About Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC)
VVC, commonly known as a yeast infection, is usually caused by Candida albicans. Typical symptoms include pruritus, vaginal soreness, irritation and abnormal vaginal discharge. An estimated 75% of women will have at least one episode of VVC during their lifetime and 40-45% will experience two or more episodes. As many as 8% of these patients suffer from recurrent VVC, defined as experiencing at least four episodes a year. Current treatments for VVC include topical antifungals and the use of prescription oral antifungals such as fluconazole, which has a therapeutic cure rate of 55% per the label. There are no products currently approved for the treatment of recurrent VVC.
SCYNEXIS, Inc. is a biotechnology company committed to positively impacting the lives of patients suffering from difficult-to-treat and often life-threatening infections by delivering innovative anti-infective therapies. The SCYNEXIS team has extensive experience in the life sciences industry, discovering and developing more than 30 innovative medicines over a broad range of therapeutic areas. The Company's lead product candidate, SCY-078, is the first representative of a novel intravenous and oral triterpenoid antifungal family and is in Phase 2 clinical development for the treatment of several fungal infections, including serious and life-threatening invasive fungal infections. For more information, visit www.scynexis.com.
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