Seres Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRB) today announced the presentation of previously announced positive Phase 3 results from the ECOSPOR III trial of SER-109 at the Virtual American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting taking place October 23-28, 2020. New data to be presented in Seres’ late-breaker oral presentation show that SER-109 led to a sustained highly statistically significant absolute reduction in C. difficile infection recurrence at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to placebo. Additionally, new findings demonstrate that SER-109 administration resulted in similar efficacy when stratified by age groups (i.e., > or <65 years) or prior antibiotic received (i.e., vancomycin or fidaxomicin).
The ECOSPOR III study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03183128) is a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study that enrolled 182 patients with multiply recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI). Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive either SER-109 or placebo, after standard of care antibiotic treatment.
Previously reported topline data from ECOSPOR III showed that SER-109 met the study’s primary endpoint with a 30.2% absolute reduction of recurrence of CDI compared to placebo at 8 weeks post-treatment.
New data show that at 12 weeks post-treatment the rate of recurrence in the SER-109 arm was 16.7%, compared to a rate of 47.8% in the placebo arm, representing an absolute risk reduction of 31.1% (relative risk 0.35; 95% CI 0.21-0.58; p-value <0.001), consistent with the results seen at eight weeks.
“These new SER-109 Phase 3 data extend the dramatic topline findings previously reported. The results demonstrate the remarkable efficacy levels are sustained over a twelve-week period, and similar treatment benefits are seen in both younger and older patients. In addition, the data show consistent patient benefits regardless of the baseline antibiotic treatment,” said Bret Lashner, M.D., FACG, Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic. “SER-109 has the potential to lead a paradigm shift in the clinical management of patients suffering from recurrent C. difficile infection.”
Presentation details are shown below, and abstracts have been made available by ACG on their ACG2020 conference website.
Title: “8- and 12-week Efficacy and Safety Data from ECOSPOR-III a Phase 3 Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Randomized Trial of SER-109, an Investigational Microbiome Therapeutic for the Treatment of Patients with Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infection (rCDI)”
Presenter: Bret Lashner, M.D., FACG, Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic
SER-109 is an investigational, oral, biologically-sourced microbiome therapeutic that is designed to reduce recurrence of C. difficile infection (CDI), enabling patients to achieve a sustained clinical response by breaking the vicious cycle of CDI recurrence and restoring the diversity of the gastrointestinal microbiome. SER-109 is a consortium of purified Firmicute bacteria in spore form, manufactured by fractionating targeted bacteria from the stool of healthy human donors with further steps to inactivate potential pathogens. The FDA has granted SER-109 Breakthrough Therapy designation and Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of recurrent CDI.
SER-109 is fundamentally distinct from fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and FMT-like products. SER-109 is comprised of a highly purified consortia of commensal bacteria in spore form, manufactured in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) conditions using stringent standards to ensure product quality and consistency. To support product safety, Seres utilizes a unique manufacturing process designed to inactivate numerous potential pathogens, including species of non-spore bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, and viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.
About C. difficile Infection (CDI) and Current Treatments
C. difficile infection (CDI) is one of the top three most urgent antibiotic-resistant bacterial threats in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control, and is a leading cause of hospital-acquired infection in the U.S. It is responsible for the deaths of approximately 20,000 Americans each year. CDI is associated with debilitating diarrhea, which significantly impacts quality of life in every functional domain. Since the discovery of C. difficile more than four decades ago, vancomycin has been the drug most commonly used for patient management. Current approaches provide only modest improvements in sustained clinical response rates, leaving behind a significant pool of patients with recurrent disease. Unapproved FMT, used in cases that are not responsive to approved drugs, remains poorly characterized clinically and has been associated with serious safety concerns, including the transmission of bacterial pathogens and the potential transmission of viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The recent quarantine and shipping hold of FMT material from a major stool bank highlights the urgent need for an approved effective and safe treatment for recurrent CDI.
About Seres Therapeutics
Seres Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: MCRB) is a leading microbiome therapeutics platform company developing a novel class of multifunctional bacterial consortia that are designed to functionally interact with host cells and tissues to treat disease. Seres’ SER-109 program achieved the first-ever positive pivotal clinical results for a targeted microbiome drug candidate and has obtained Breakthrough Therapy and Orphan Drug designations from the FDA. The SER-109 program is being advanced for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection and has potential to become a first-in-class FDA-approved microbiome therapeutic. Seres’ SER-287 program has obtained Fast Track and Orphan Drug designations from the FDA and is being evaluated in a Phase 2b study in patients with active mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis. Seres is developing SER-401 in a Phase 1b study in patients with metastatic melanoma, SER-301 for ulcerative colitis and SER-155 to prevent mortality due to gastrointestinal infections, bacteremia and graft versus host disease. For more information, please visit www.serestherapeutics.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including the ability of SER-109 to transform the treatment of CDI or be a much-needed effective oral treatment option for recurrent CDI, inferences related to the currently-observed efficacy and safety profile of SER-109, and other statements that are not historical facts.
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