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CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LTD today announced that it has received the necessary regulatory and ethics committee approvals to commence a new study in patients with the rare DNA repair disorder Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP).
The Phase II study (CUV156) will evaluate the safety of SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg)1 in XP-C patients, as well as the drug’s ability to assist reparative processes following ultraviolet (UV) provoked DNA damage of the skin. Following the lifting of pandemic restrictions in hospitals, the first XP-C patients are expected to be screened by the end of October.
“We have used the time to add more parameters to this trial, and patients and clinicians are very excited to start this innovative study, evaluating afamelanotide as a treatment for Xeroderma Pigmentosum,” CLINUVEL’s Head of Clinical Operations, Dr Pilar Bilbao said. “XP is a severely life-limiting disorder without approved treatments. The regulatory authorities and ethics committees have been understandably cautious to subject these patients to interventional studies but have given their clearance to commence this program.
“Following the first XP patient treated safely in 2020, SCENESSE® will be evaluated in XP patients as part of our DNA repair program. It has been a long time in the making to treat this group of patients.”
UV Damage Places XP Patients at Extreme Skin Cancer Risk
UV radiation damages the nucleus of skin cells, and causes defects of the DNA helix known as “photoproducts”. If left unrepaired, these chemical DNA changes may replicate as mutations, leading to irreversible damage (photoaging) and progression to skin cancers, including melanoma.
Due to eight distinct genetic defects severely impairing their DNA repair mechanisms, XP patients are at the most extreme risk of skin cancers from an early age and have a life expectancy of around 30 years. Most patients are lifelong shielded from all UV light exposure.
CUV156 Clinical Study
The CUV156 study aims to evaluate the effect of SCENESSE® administered every two weeks to six patients with the XP-C complementation. CLINUVEL will assess whether SCENESSE® increases the quantum of UV light needed to cause DNA damage of skin cells, as well as the extent of skin repair before and after treatment. The CUV156 study will be conducted in a single European expert clinic.
CUV156 is the first in a set of studies planned as part of the DNA repair program. The CUV150 study was initially planned to be conducted in early 2021, but the delays incurred by the hospital due to COVID-19 offered the opportunity to improve study design and add more analytical parameters, following consultation with XP clinical experts.
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1 SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg) is approved in the European Union and Australia as an orphan medicinal product for the prevention of phototoxicity in adult patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). SCENESSE® is approved in the USA to increase “pain- free” light exposure in adult EPP patients with a history of phototoxicity. Information on the product can be found on CLINUVEL’s website at www.clinuvel.com.
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Annex I: Following ASX Best Practice
Name of study
A Proof of Concept Phase IIa, Open Label Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Subcutaneous Implants of Afamelanotide in Patients with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (CUV156).
Evaluate the impact of afamelanotide on minimal erythema dose (MED) in patients with XP.
Explore the impact of afamelanotide on UV-induced DNA damage and repair capacity in patients with XP.
Evaluate the safety and tolerability of afamelanotide in patients with XP.
Evaluate the impact of afamelanotide on the skin disease severity of patients with XP.
Evaluate the impact of afamelanotide on the skin melanin density of patients with XP.
Evaluate the impact of afamelanotide on the quality of life of patients with XP.
Product development status
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Standard.
Treatment method and dose levels
Six SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16 mg) implants
Number of trial subjects
Up to six XP patients.
Subject selection criteria
To be eligible to enter the study, volunteers must meet the following inclusion criteria:
- Adult males and females with genetically confirmed diagnosis of XP-C aged between 18 and 75 years (inclusive).
- Able to understand and provide written Informed Consent prior to the performance of any study-specific procedure.
- Willing and able to comply with the conditions specified in the protocol and study procedures, in the opinion of the Investigator.
- Free of significant abnormal findings (including severe hepatic disease, hepatic impairment and renal impairment) as determined during the screening procedure by medical history and vital signs.
Further safety related inclusion and exclusion criteria apply.
One European XP expert clinic.
Duration of trial
Up to nine months.
In compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and ICH guidelines.
Annex 2: About CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
CLINUVEL PHARMACEUTICALS LTD (ASX: CUV; NASDAQ INTERNATIONAL DESIGNATION ADR: CLVLY; XETRA-DAX: UR9) is a global and diversified biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercialising treatments for patients with genetic, metabolic, and life-threatening disorders, as well as healthcare solutions for the general population. As pioneers in photomedicine and understanding the interaction of light and human biology, CLINUVEL’s research and development has led to innovative treatments for patient populations with a clinical need for systemic photoprotection, DNA repair and acute or life-threatening conditions. These patient groups range in size from 5,000 to 45 million worldwide. CLINUVEL’s lead compound, SCENESSE® (afamelanotide 16mg), was approved by the European Commission in 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration in 2019 and the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration in 2020 for the prevention of phototoxicity (anaphylactoid reactions and burns) in adult patients with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). More information on EPP can be found at http://www.epp.care. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, CLINUVEL has operations in Europe, Singapore and the USA. For more information please go to http://www.clinuvel.com.
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