ContraFect Announces Multiple Presentations of New Research Data From Its Pipeline of Direct Lytic Agents at the 31st ECCMID

Yonkers, New York, UNITED STATES


YONKERS, N.Y., July 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ContraFect Corporation (Nasdaq: CFRX), a late clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of direct lytic agents (DLAs), including lysins and amurin peptides, as new medical modalities for the treatment of life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant infections, today announced multiple presentations, including two oral presentations, of data from its portfolio of DLAs from the 31st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), now available online.

“The data presented at ECCMID further illustrates the potential utility of our lysin therapeutic modalities to address important unmet medical needs. Our new in vitro data suggests that our lead lysin, exebacase, currently in Phase 3 with Breakthrough therapy designation for MRSA bacteremia, may have the potential to address difficult to treat Staph bone and joint infections. We also have new data demonstrating that CF-370, our first engineered lysin candidate, could be a potential new asset in the armamentarium against multidrug-resistant Gram-negative pathogens,” said Cara Cassino, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at ContraFect. “Our findings continue to highlight the potent antimicrobial activity of lysins against virulent, highly-resistant bacterial strains known to cause debilitating and life-threatening infections. We look forward to additional new data as we continue to advance these programs.”

The presentations will be made available on the ContraFect website.

Presentation Details:

Abstract number: 2332
Oral presentation title: Synergistic anti-biofilm activity of exebacase and rifampin, vancomycin and daptomycin against Staphylococcus epidermidis strains responsible of bone and joint infections
Presenter: Aubin Souche, Hospices Civils de Lyon
Session: Combination of drugs for a synergistic antibacterial effect

Abstract number: 3834
Oral presentation title: Lysin CF-370 exhibits potent bactericidal activity against clinical MDR and XDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates including carbapenem- and/or colistin- resistant forms
Presenter: Raymond Schuch, Ph.D.
Session: Combination of drugs for a synergistic antibacterial effect

Poster Details:

Abstract number: 3969
Poster title: CF-370, a systemically administered lysin with in vivo efficacy against a carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain in a rabbit pulmonary infection model
Session: New antibacterial agents, PK/PD & Stewardship

About ContraFect:

ContraFect is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of DLAs, including lysins and amurin peptides, as new medical modalities for the treatment of life-threatening, antibiotic-resistant infections. An estimated 700,000 deaths worldwide each year are attributed to antimicrobial-resistant infections. We intend to address life threatening infections using our therapeutic product candidates from our platform of DLAs, which include lysins and amurin peptides. Lysins are a new class of DLAs which are recombinantly produced antimicrobial proteins with a novel mechanism of action associated with the rapid killing of target bacteria, eradication of biofilms and synergy with conventional antibiotics. Amurin peptides are a novel class of DLAs which exhibit broad-spectrum activity against a wide range of antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative pathogens, including P. aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Enterobacter species. We believe that the properties of our lysins and amurin peptides will make them suitable for targeting antibiotic-resistant organisms, such as MRSA and P. aeruginosa, which can cause serious infections such as bacteremia, pneumonia and osteomyelitis. We have completed a Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of Staph aureus bacteremia, including endocarditis, with our lead lysin candidate, exebacase, which is the first lysin to enter clinical studies in the U.S. Exebacase, currently being studied in a pivotal Phase 3 clinical study, was granted Breakthrough Therapy designation by the FDA for the treatment of MRSA bloodstream infections, including right-sided endocarditis, when used in addition to SOC anti-staphylococcal antibiotics in adult patients.  

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