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April 7, 2014
07:15 EDTIDIXIdenix announces promising clinical data, continued progress in HCV programs
Idenix Pharmaceuticals announced continued progress of the Company's program to develop nucleotide prodrug inhibitors for the treatment of hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection. Idenix is reporting potent antiviral activity of mean maximum 4.2-4.3 log10 IU/mL reductions for patients infected with HCV genotype 1, 2 or 3 receiving 300 mg once daily of IDX21437 in the seven-day proof-of-concept portion of a phase I/II clinical trial. Based on this progress, the Company's goal is to initiate a combination clinical trial of IDX21437 and samatasvir, a pan-genotypic NS5A inhibitor, in mid-2014. In addition, Idenix has selected a follow-on uridine-based nucleotide prodrug, IDX21459, from its ongoing nucleotide discovery program and initiated enrollment for the healthy volunteer portion of a phase I clinical trial. In January, Idenix initiated the seven-day proof-of-concept portion of a phase I/II clinical trial for IDX21437. The trial completed enrollment of 44 treatment-nave, genotype, or GT, 1, 2 or 3 HCV-infected patients. Patients were randomized to receive once-daily doses of placebo, 50 mg, 150 mg, or 300 mg of IDX21437 for seven days. In April 2014, Idenix initiated enrollment for the healthy volunteer portion of a phase I clinical trial of IDX21459 in Europe. This portion of the study is expected to enroll approximately 50 healthy volunteers and will evaluate once-daily doses of IDX21459 ranging from 10 mg 300 mg. The proof-of-concept portion of the study is expected to enroll a total of 40 treatment-nave, genotype 1 HCV-infected patients who will receive once-daily doses of placebo, 50 - 300 mg of IDX21459 for seven days. IDX21459 has shown a favorable preclinical profile including potent, pan-genotypic activity and favorable safety with respect to cardiac, mitochondrial and genotoxicity assessments.
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