Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, recently reported financial results and summarized corporate and clinical developments for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.
“Over the past twelve months, Pluristem has made major progress in executing its long-term strategy to target accelerated regulatory pathways and shortening the time to market for its products. These achievements position us to launch a series of multinational pivotal phase III trials, targeting major markets with significant unmet needs,” stated Pluristem Chairman and CEO Zami Aberman.
Acute Radiation Syndrome Countermeasure
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is conducting dose selection studies in large animals to determine optimal dosing for Pluristem’s PLX-R18 as a medical counter measure in the treatment of the hematologic components of Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS).
Upon determining the optimal dose, a pivotal trial in large animals is planned and the results will be used to support a Biologics License Application (BLA) submission of PLX-R18 for this indication under the Animal Rule regulatory pathway.
Multinational Phase III Critical Limb Ischemia
In the coming quarters, Pluristem plans to commence enrolling an estimated 250 patients through clinical sites in the U.S. and Europe for its Phase III trial of PLX-PAD cells in the treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI), a $12 billion global market. The Company intends to utilize this study as a single pivotal trial for regulatory approval in both regions.
The FDA has given Pluristem positive feedback on the proposed Phase III trial. The EU has accepted Pluristem’s PLX-PAD cells for the treatment of CLI in its Adaptive Pathways pilot project, making PLX-PAD cells eligible for conditional market clearance following one pivotal trial. The EU is providing monetary support for the Phase III CLI trail through an approximately $8 million grant from its Horizon 2020 program, which will cover a significant portion of the trial costs.
In Japan, Pluristem intends to conduct a 75-patient pivotal trial for PLX-PAD in the treatment of CLI, via Japan’s accelerated regulatory pathway for regenerative medicine. Pluristem’s strategic plan is to partner with a Japanese partner to conduct this study.
Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
In January 2016, the U.S. FDA cleared Pluristem’s Investigational New Drug (IND) application to begin its Phase I trial of PLX-R18 cells in the treatment of incomplete hematopoietic recovery following Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT).
Phase III Hip Surgery Trial in Preparation
Pluristem intends to conduct a Phase III trial of PLX-PAD to evaluate its efficacy to improve recovery following surgery for femoral neck fracture, which is the most common form of hip fracture. Pluristem has already submitted the study protocol to the EMA for a single pivotal trial in this indication through the Adaptive Pathways Project and plans to meet with the FDA later this year.
Global Phase II Intermittent Claudication
The Company expects to complete enrollment of all 170 patients in its global Phase II trial of PLXPAD in the treatment of Intermittent Claudication (IC) within the next couple of months and to report trial results in 2017.
As of June 30, 2016 Pluristem had approximately $33 million in cash and cash equivalents, bank deposits, restricted deposits and marketable securities. During the fiscal year, Pluristem received a $3.3 million grant to support clinical trials and R&D activities from the Israeli Innovation Authority of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry. The Company’s net cash used for operating activities was $18.5 million during the fiscal year. After the end of the fiscal year, in August 2016, Pluristem was awarded a grant of approximately $8 million from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program to fund its upcoming Phase III trial of PLX-PAD in the treatment of CLI.
Source: Pluristem press release, adapted.