Immuron Completes Phase II NASH Clinical Trial Recruitment

Feb. 20, 2017 9:59 am

MELBOURNE, Australia, Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Immuron Limited (ASX:IMC), an Australian biopharmaceutical company focused on oral immunotherapy utilizing polyclonal antibody products to target immune-mediated diseases, today announced that the Company’s IMM-124E Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) has successfully reached its full recruitment milestone of 120 randomized patients.

The Phase II, multicenter, double blind randomized clinical study is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of IMM-124E for the treatment of NASH.  The effectiveness element is primarily focussed on evaluating the effect of IMM-124E on patients with NASH, compared to placebo, after six (6) months of treatment.  The clinical trial protocol was developed by Immuron in partnership with its Scientific Advisory Board led by Dr. Arun Sanyal of Virginia Commonwealth University (USA).  The study is conducted in the United States, Australia, and Israel.

This effectively concludes the recruitment process of the NASH Phase II clinical trial, although due to strong enrollment demand, the existing 12 patients in screening will be allowed to proceed to randomization, pending their respective eligibility. As previously announced, the Company expects to report the topline results of the clinical trial in the second half of 2017.

NASH, a severe form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that causes liver inflammation and damage, afflicts approximately 16 million people in the United States each year.  Currently, no drug has received FDA approval for the treatment of NASH, leading physicians to treat the disease by addressing underlying conditions such as diet and obesity. For this reason, NASH is widely considered a tremendous market opportunity for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Said Immuron’s CEO, Thomas Liquard:

“This significant milestone results from the efforts of many over the past three years.  I would like to communicate my profound gratitude to Immuron’s clinical team for their tireless effort, and also to our valued principal investigators and their teams, for their dedication to the IMM-124E clinical trial. IMM-124E has a unique multifactorial mechanism of action (MOA) that we believe possesses a unique combination of safety and efficacy attributes which have the potential to greatly improve outcomes for NASH patients worldwide.”

Added Immuron’s Head of Medical, Dr. Dan Peres:

“We are thrilled that Immuron's clinical team, in partnership with the investigators and site staff, have been able to significantly improve the study’s recruitment rate over the past few months to now reach full recruitment.  I would like to especially thank our Lead Principal Investigator, Dr. Arun Sanyal, for his leadership throughout the trial.  We look forward to continuing our clinical work with Dr. Sanyal and other site principal investigators through the completion of the trial and beyond.”

About Immuron
Immuron Ltd (ASX:IMC) (OTCQB:IMROY) is a microbiome company focused on developing and commercialising oral immunotherapeutics for the treatment of many gut mediated diseases. Immuron has a unique and safe technology platform that enables a shorter development therapeutic cycle. The Company currently markets and sells Travelan® for the prevention of travellers’ diarrhoea, whilst its lead product candidate IMM-124E is in Phase 2b clinical trials for NASH and ASH. These products together with the Company’s other preclinical immunotherapy pipeline products targeting immune-related diseases currently under development, will meet a large unmet need in the market.   

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Company Contact:
Thomas Liquard
Chief Executive Officer
Ph: +61 (0)3 9824 5254

Immuron Media Relations:
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Monsoon Communications
Ph: +61 (0)3 9620 3333

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