Resverlogix’s BETonMACE Phase 3 Epigenetics Trial Completes Final Safety Visits

Top-line Results Projected to be Available September 2019

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

CALGARY, Alberta, July 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Resverlogix Corp. (“Resverlogix” or the "Company") (TSX:RVX) is pleased to announce today that all patients active in BETonMACE, the Company’s event-based, phase 3 registration trial, recently completed their final, follow-up safety visits, marking another important step towards trial completion. Given the remaining steps required to finalize BETonMACE (see below), the Company anticipates being in a position to provide top-line results in September 2019.

The following steps are amongst those required to assure an orderly, safe and efficient culmination of BETonMACE:

  • Third-party adjudication of remaining and potential MACE events continues
    • Additional MACE (over 250) that accumulate during this period will be added to the results while not slowing down the trial’s move towards final database lock
  • Database Lock (DBL) will occur after all queries are resolved
  • Approximately two weeks after DBL – currently projected for within September 2019 – top-line results (i.e. primary and selected secondary endpoints) are expected to be announced
  • Late-2019 and beyond – full outcomes, pre-specified endpoint data, safety results, and clinical implications are expected to be reported and published


On April 18, 2019, BETonMACE successfully reached 250 projected major adverse cardiac events (MACE), strictly defined as cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and stroke, moving the potentially landmark trial towards completion. The completion of last study visits on treatment was reported by the Company on June 12, 2019. Successful data from this trial would enable Resverlogix to proceed towards the regulatory approval and commercialization of its lead drug, apabetalone – a leader in a new class of drugs outside of oncology designed to regulate disease-associated proteins.

Dosing with apabetalone commenced in November 2015 and the trial exceeded full enrollment – with a total of 2,425 study participants – in March 2018. BETonMACE has been reviewed nine times by the trial’s independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board, with no safety issues identified, and has been recommended to continue without any study modifications. The primary endpoint of the BETonMACE trial is designed to show a relative risk reduction of narrowly defined MACE for patients who remain on a high-dose statin therapy and top standard of care. Despite maximized use, current statin therapies manage about 30% of cardiovascular disease related events leaving a significant market opportunity for apabetalone.

Following a successful BETonMACE trial, the Company is focusing on three initial indications – acute coronary syndrome, vascular cognitive dementia and chronic kidney disease – with an addressable market of over 12 million patients in the top 8 markets.

About Resverlogix

Resverlogix is developing apabetalone (RVX-208), a first-in-class, small molecule that is a selective BET (bromodomain and extra-terminal) inhibitor. BET inhibition is an epigenetic mechanism that can regulate disease-causing genes. Apabetalone is a BET inhibitor selective for the second bromodomain (BD2) within the BET proteins. This selective inhibition of apabetalone on BD2 produces a specific set of biological effects with potentially important benefits for patients with high-risk cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease treated with hemodialysis, neurodegenerative disease, Fabry disease, peripheral artery disease and other orphan diseases, while maintaining a well described safety profile.

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