Derma Sciences initiates patient screening in DSC127 pivotal program for treatment of diabetic foot ulcers

Derma Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCI), a medical device and pharmaceutical company focused on advanced wound care, announces that patient screening has begun in the second of two Phase 3 clinical trials with the investigational topical drug candidate DSC127 for the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. This second trial will have three arms of 211 patients each, and is evaluating a 0.03% formulation of DSC127 against a topical vehicle and against a standard of care hydrogel. The first Phase 3 trial, which commenced in February with two arms of 211 patients each, is evaluating the 0.03% formulation of DSC127 against a topical vehicle.

“The full Phase 3 pivotal program is now underway and we are committed to supporting clinical investigators at the more than 90 sites that will be participating in this program”

Together these two pivotal trials are expected to enroll 1,055 patients, and are designed to assess the safety and efficacy of DSC127 in chronic, non-healing diabetic foot ulcers and to support the filing of a New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, approximately 200 patients will be enrolled in a chronic use safety study, which also began in February.

"The full Phase 3 pivotal program is now underway and we are committed to supporting clinical investigators at the more than 90 sites that will be participating in this program," said Edward J. Quilty, chairman and chief executive officer of Derma Sciences. "We affirm our expectation to announce top-line Phase 3 results in the first quarter of 2015. The number of pharmaceutical treatments for diabetic foot ulcers is limited, and we believe that should DSC127 continue to show the safety and efficacy exhibited in the Phase 2 trial and should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve our drug candidate, DSC127 will be well received in the marketplace with potential peak global sales of $900 million."

Mr. Quilty continued, "The addition of a pharmaceutical product is a compelling complement to the growing range of proprietary products our advanced wound care sales force is directing to the 1,200 advanced wound care clinics treating chronic, non-healing wounds, especially diabetic foot ulcers."

About DSC127 and the Phase 3 Clinical Trials

DSC127 is a novel angiotensin analog formulated as a topical gel discovered by researchers at the University of Southern California and licensed to Derma Sciences for all dermal-related indications. Recent laboratory studies indicate that DSC127 may facilitate recruitment of stem cells to the site of tissue injury. It is theorized that this action may help to re-set the trajectory of healing. In the Phase 2 study, 54% of wounds treated with DSC127 0.03% were healed at 12 weeks, compared with 33% in the vehicle control group. The difference between the two groups continued to expand out to 24 weeks, the last time wounds were assessed, with 65% in the arm treated with DSC127 0.03% healed compared with 38% in the vehicle control group. There were no safety concerns observed in any of the preclinical, and human Phase 1 and Phase 2 studies of DSC127. DSC127 is covered by a number of issued U.S. patents, with expiration dates through 2032.

Derma Sciences expects to enroll 211 patients into each of the five arms of the Phase 3 program, which ultimately will include more than 90 sites in the U.S. and Canada. The first trial will evaluate DSC127 0.03% against a topical vehicle, similar to the design of the Company's completed Phase 2 trial. The second trial will evaluate DSC127 0.03% against a topical vehicle and against a standard of care hydrogel dressing. In both trials patients will receive 14 days of standard of care, including debridement, cleansing, hydrogel dressing and an off-loading device. At the conclusion of this run-in period, patients with wounds that have not healed by more than 30% will then be randomized into one of five arms in a blinded trial design.

Patients will receive drug, vehicle or placebo hydrogel once daily for four weeks, and will receive standard of care for up to six additional weeks. The primary endpoint of the Phase 3 trials is the proportion of ulcers healed at 10 weeks, which is defined as 100% epithelialized with no drainage, with a confirmation of healing two weeks after the first instance of complete closure. Secondary endpoints include rate of healing and safety.

In addition, a chronic use safety study of up to 200 patients will be conducted, and will include patients randomized into the pivotal trials as well as those enrolled but not randomized. This study will assess the safety of DSC127 dosed for a longer duration than in the pivotal studies, up to 12 weeks. Additionally, safety after repeat applications will be assessed on those patients whose ulcers either recur or who develop additional diabetic foot ulcers after their initial treatment has concluded.


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