CardioVascular BioTherapeutics Completes Phase I Wound Healing Trial
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, 15 percent of the estimated 20 million Americans afflicted with diabetes will develop a serious foot ulcer during their lifetime. A similar percentage of patients with chronic venous hypertension will also develop wounds. Non-healing dermal ulcers of the lower extremities can lead to infections and amputations. Chronic wounds represent an increasing global health challenge, yet there are currently no universally-accepted standards of care.
FGF-1 offers the possibility of improved dermal ulcer healing by the promotion of new blood vessel growth, known as angiogenesis, in the wound bed resulting in enhanced development of granulation tissue and is able to fill wounds of almost any size. According to the American Diabetes Association, comprehensive foot care programs can reduce amputation rates by 45 to 85 percent.
Dr. Jack Jacobs, CVBT's Chief Operating and Scientific Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to be through our Phase I trial and to see that no serious adverse events were noted in any of the patients receiving FGF-1 topically. With the successful completion of this Phase I study the company can now move on to establish the efficacy of our drug candidate, and in this regard, we are currently finalizing a clinical study protocol for initiating a multiple dose safety and efficacy trial in an expanded patient population." Pre-clinical studies showed that FGF-1 significantly reduced the healing time of full-thickness dermal wounds in normal healthy rats and mice and showed an even greater acceleration of dermal healing in diabetic mice.
The principal investigator for the Phase I study was Thomas Serena, M.D., President of the Newbridge Medical Research Group, a research group specializing in wound healing and vascular surgery, with clinics serving several areas within Western Pennsylvania.
About CardioVascular BioTherapeutics
CVBT is a biopharmaceutical company developing drug candidates with human FGF-1 as their active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for diseases characterized by inadequate blood flow to a tissue or organ. The company has three clinical trials underway with drug candidates to treat the following medical indications: severe Coronary Heart Disease (CVBT-141H), dermal wound healing in diabetics (CVBT-141B), and Peripheral Arterial Disease (CVBT-141C).
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Posted: October 2007