NEW YORK and LONDON, March 11, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celsus Therapeutics Plc (Nasdaq:CLTX), an emerging growth, development-stage biotech company, announced today that it held a pre-Investigational New Drug (pre-IND) meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 12th, 2014, to discuss the regulatory pathway for the development of MRX-6 cream in atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, an inflammatory skin disorder affecting 5% to 20% of children world-wide. The Company plans to file the IND for MRX-6 with the FDA in the fourth quarter of 2014, and initiate Phase II trials in the US in the first half of 2015.
"We appreciate the openness and guidance provided by the FDA in our discussion," said Dr. Pablo Jimenez, Chief Medical Officer of Celsus Therapeutics. "We plan to submit our IND for MRX-6 cream in atopic dermatitis during the fourth quarter of 2014 after we have completed our manufacturing and toxicology programs. With the filing of the IND, we will be able to advance into Phase II trials in the US in early 2015 and aim to begin our Phase III program in the first half of 2016."
"The ability to accelerate our MRX-6 program and advance into Phase II trials in the US following the IND will greatly advance the execution of our dermatology program in 2015," said Dr. Gur Roshwalb, Chief Executive Officer of Celsus Therapeutics. "We believe that MRX-6 will provide a safe and effective alternative to topical steroids and calcineurin inhibitors, and we will work closely with the FDA to develop a new therapy for children and adults suffering from atopic dermatitis."
About MRX-6 – Dermatitis
MRX-6 is a Multi-Functional Anti-Inflammatory Drug (MFAID) topical cream under development for treating skin inflammatory disorders, specifically allergic contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. MFAID's are designed to inhibit extracellular secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2), a catalytic enzyme responsible for initiating the inflammatory cascade through the production of arachidonic acid from membrane in the US-associated phospholipids, specifically at the cell surface. MFAIDs can inhibit all sPLA2 isomers without disrupting cytoplasmic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2), a crucial homeostatic enzyme within cells. MFAIDs also enrich cell surface glycosaminoglycans, protecting cells from exposure to oxygen radicals and certain cytokines.
About Celsus Therapeutics Plc
Celsus Therapeutics is an emerging clinical stage company focused on the development of a new class of non-steroidal, synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs termed Multi-Functional Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or MFAIDs. Celsus MFAIDs represent a new therapeutic platform for the treatment of a broad array of inflammatory diseases, such as allergies and autoimmune diseases. Presently, the Company's lead drug candidate in its clinical pipeline is MRX-6, an MFAID topical cream treatment under development for treating skin inflammatory disorders, specifically allergic contact dermatitis and atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. Other potential treatments in preclinical development include OPX-1 for ocular inflammation, CFX-1 for cystic fibrosis, and MRX-5 for inflammatory bowel disease.
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