Evelo Biosciences Provides Updated Guidance on Advancing Clinical Inflammation Programs
–Guidance on registration trials for EDP1815 in psoriasis expected in 3Q 2022–
–Data from initial cohort of patients in Phase 2 trial of EDP1815 in atopic dermatitis expected 1Q 2023–
–Faster release capsule cohort to be added to on-going Phase 2 trial of EDP1815 in atopic dermatitis; data expected 1H 2023–
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evelo Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:EVLO), a clinical stage biotechnology company developing SINTAX™ medicines as a new modality of orally delivered treatments for inflammatory disease, today provided an update on the progress of its lead program in inflammation, EDP1815, and announced it will put the EDP1867 program on hold following completion of a Phase 1 clinical trial.
“Key opinion leader and market research feedback on the data from our Phase 2 trial of EDP1815 in psoriasis has supported the potential of EDP1815 to change the standard of care for millions of patients who suffer from all stages of psoriasis and are in need of an effective, safe, and well-tolerated oral medicine to treat their disease,” said Simba Gill, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Evelo. “During the third quarter of this year, we expect to discuss the path to registration for EDP1815 in psoriasis with health authorities.”
Dr. Gill continued, “In addition, we are recruiting ahead of plan in our Phase 2 trial of EDP1815 in atopic dermatitis, and now expect data from this study to be available in the first quarter of 2023. Also, given the positive data we announced recently from a capsule with a faster and more consistent release profile, we intend to add a cohort of patients to the on-going Phase 2 trial of EDP1815 in atopic dermatitis to evaluate this capsule. The faster release profile has the potential to provide increased responses and enhanced efficacy in patients. We expect data from this additional cohort to be available in the first half of 2023.”
EDP1815 – Psoriasis
- Evelo previously released positive clinical data, confirmatory cytokine biomarker data, and post-treatment follow-up findings from its Phase 2 clinical trial of EDP1815 in mild and moderate psoriasis.
- Along with efficacy data, Evelo reported that EDP1815’s safety and tolerability data were comparable to placebo in the trial.
- Evelo plans to meet with health authorities to discuss the path forward to registration trials in psoriasis during 3Q 2022.
EDP1815 – Atopic Dermatitis
- The on-going recruitment for the Phase 2 atopic dermatitis trial is ahead of plan.
- In March 2022, results from an ongoing Phase 1 single center clinical trial in healthy volunteers demonstrated that a capsule with an improved release profile was able to deliver EDP1815 higher up in the small intestine in 15 of 17 healthy volunteers. Preclinical data have shown that the higher EDP1815 is released in the small intestine, the greater the pharmacological effect.
- Given these data, Evelo intends to add a cohort to its on-going Phase 2 trial of EDP1815 in mild, moderate, and severe atopic dermatitis. Patients in this cohort will receive 1 capsule of EDP1815 with the faster release profile once daily.
- Data from the first 3 cohorts of the Phase 2 atopic dermatitis trial will be available in 1Q 2023 and the additional 4th cohort by 1H 2023.
EDP1867 – Atopic Dermatitis
- Data from the Phase 1b clinical trial of EDP1867 (n=52, with 40 participants who had at least one dose of EDP1867) showed it was safe and well-tolerated in both healthy volunteers and patients with moderate atopic dermatitis across all doses tested.
- No clear evidence of clinical benefit was observed in the small set of patients (n=15) with atopic dermatitis who received the lower dose of EDP1867 and provided analyzable data at week 8.
- The Company will put the EDP1867 program on hold to focus its efforts on its lead inflammation programs EDP1815 and EDP2939.
About Evelo Biosciences
Evelo Biosciences is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing orally delivered product candidates that are designed to act on the small intestinal axis, SINTAX™, with systemic therapeutic effects. SINTAX plays a central role in governing the immune, metabolic, and neurological systems. The Company’s first product candidates are pharmaceutical preparations of single strains of microbes selected for their potential to offer defined pharmacological properties. Evelo’s therapies have the potential to be effective, safe, and affordable medicines to improve the lives of people with a broad range of inflammatory diseases.
Evelo currently has two product candidates in development for inflammatory diseases: EDP1815 and EDP2939. Evelo is advancing additional product candidates in other disease areas.
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