ARCA biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABIO), a biopharmaceutical company developing genetically-targeted therapies for cardiovascular diseases, today announced that the Company's GencaroTM Investigational New Drug (IND) application for atrial fibrillation (AF) has been accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is now active.
ARCA plans to evaluate Gencaro, a pharmacologically unique beta-blocker and mild vasodilator, as a potential treatment for atrial fibrillation in the Phase 2B/3 GENETIC-AF clinical trial, which is expected to begin enrolling patients in the first quarter of 2014. ARCA has identified common genetic variations that it believes predict individual patient response to Gencaro, giving it potential to be the first genetically-targeted therapy for the prevention of atrial fibrillation.
Dr. Michael R. Bristow, Founder and CEO of ARCA, and a pioneer of beta-blockade development commented, "At ARCA, we believe a personalized medicine approach to drug development, tailoring medical treatment to the individual genetic characteristics of each patient, can enable more effective therapies, improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. If the GENETIC-AF trial successfully confirms the atrial fibrillation data analysis from a prior Phase 3 clinical trial, Gencaro has the potential to be the first genetically targeted treatment for the prevention of this important cardiovascular disorder and provide a much needed treatment option for patients in an area of high unmet medical need."
GENETIC-AF Clinical Trial