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ContraFect plans to advance exebacase treatment of endocarditis to Phase 3 clinical trial

Exebacase, used in addition to standard-of-care antibiotics, achieved a 70.4% responder rate, compared with 60% among patients treated with antibiotics alone
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Endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium, the inner lining of heart chambers

ContraFect Corp (NASDAQ:CFRX) said Monday that it plans to advance its exebacase treatment of bacterial infections including endocarditis to a Phase 3 clinical trial, citing positive topline results from Phase 2.

Yonkers, New York-based ContraFect said in a press release that exebacase demonstrated great potential as well as robust safety and tolerability in what is described as the first Phase 2 study involving patients treated with lysin therapy complementary to conventional antibiotics. 

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“We are very pleased with the strong efficacy signals and the encouraging safety and tolerability profile of our lead first-in-class therapeutic product candidate in this study, which establishes the potential for exebacase to substantially improve the clinical responder rates for serious antibiotic-resistant infections seen with antibiotics alone,” Chairman and CEO Steven C. Gilman, Ph.D., said in a statement. "These data support progression to Phase 3.”

The company said that exebacase, used in addition to standard-of-care antibiotics, achieved a 70.4% responder rate, compared with 60% among patients treated with antibiotics alone.

ContraFect said the results represent a positive signal of efficacy, particularly given the heterogeneous patient population and an unexpected imbalance in the distribution of hard-to-treat left-sided endocarditis in favor of the placebo group.   

Shares of ContraFect declined $1.07, or 55%, to $0.95 in Monday’s Nasdaq trading.

Endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium, which is the inner lining of heart chambers and heart valves.

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