The initiation of this Phase 2 clinical study of IDN-6556 is an important milestone in the development of this exciting new candidate for the treatment of diseases of the liver, said David Shapiro, MD, Iduns chief medical officer. We believe that IDN-6556 has considerable potential to treat not only HCV but several other liver diseases based on the encouraging data from the previous clinical experiences. These data have been presented at a number of recent medical meetings including the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the European Association for the Study of the Liver and Digestive Disease Week. The current Phase 2 trial seeks to repeat and expand on the results observed in the previous trial and should provide important additional information about safety, dosage and markers of disease progression.
IDN-6556 IDN-6556 is a first-in-class, small-molecule pan-caspase inhibitor being developed as a broad liver protectant. IDN-6556 efficiently targets the liver and has been shown to be highly effective in a variety of preclinical models of liver disease demonstrating both anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity. In previous human clinical trials, IDN-6556 was shown to be well tolerated following oral administration for up to two weeks across a wide range of doses. IDN-6556 significantly decreased elevated aminotransferase liver enzymes, a routine measure of liver damage, within days after administration.
The number of individuals with chronic hepatitis C infection is estimated at 2.7 million in the
Source: Idun Pharmaceuticals, Inc.