Mesoblast’s Phase 3 Trial of Revascor in Advanced Chronic Heart Failure Surpasses the Number of Primary Endpoint Events for Trial Completion

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq: MESO; ASX: MSB) today announced that its Phase 3 trial of Revascor for advanced chronic heart failure has surpassed the number of primary endpoint events required for trial completion. This cardiovascular outcomes trial has now initiated final study visits for all surviving patients with a target of last patient/last visit at the end of January 2020.

Once the last patient has completed their last visit, final data collection and entry processes will be performed and the database locked. All surviving patients will have been followed for at least 12 months, with a mean follow up period of approximately 30 months. The results from this pivotal trial are expected to be read out by mid-2020.

The double-blind, randomized, sham procedure-controlled Phase 3 trial is evaluating Revascor as an add-on treatment to standard-of-care for reduction of recurrent non-fatal heart failure-related major adverse cardiac events (HF-MACE) and terminal cardiac events (TCEs) in 566 patients with advanced chronic heart failure and reduced ejection fraction. The trial was designed to accrue more than 531 total primary endpoint events (HF-MACE) based on expected rates of HF-MACE in similarly advanced populations of heart failure patients and on treatment benefits seen with Revascor in earlier Phase 2 trial results. In April 2017, the Company reported that a pre-specified interim futility analysis of the primary efficacy endpoint in the Phase 3 trial’s first 270 patients was successful.

In the United States alone, there are more than 6.5 million patients with heart failure¹. Approximately 15% of this patient population has advanced chronic heart failure and is at high-risk for recurrent HF-MACE and TCEs. This high-risk group makes up the predominant patient population in the Revascor Phase 3 trial.

Mesoblast Chief Executive Dr Silviu Itescu stated: "We are very pleased to have achieved this important milestone in the largest trial of cell-based therapy for patients with advanced heart failure. These patients have exhausted other treatment alternatives, and have the highest burden of disease, recurrent hospitalizations and mortality."

About Mesoblast
Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq: MESO; ASX: MSB) is a world leader in developing allogeneic (off-the-shelf) cellular medicines. The Company has leveraged its proprietary cell therapy technology platform to establish a broad portfolio of commercial products and late-stage product candidates. Two products have been commercialized in Japan and Europe by its licensees, and it has established commercial partnerships in Europe and China for certain Phase 3 assets. In the United States, Mesoblast has initiated submission of a rolling Biologics License Application to the FDA to seek approval of its product candidate for acute graft versus host disease following a successful Phase 3 trial and is completing Phase 3 trials for its advanced heart failure and chronic low back pain product candidates. Mesoblast’s proprietary manufacturing process yields industrial-scale, frozen, off-the-shelf, cellular medicines based on its mesenchymal lineage cell platform technology. These cell therapies, with defined pharmaceutical release criteria, are planned to be readily available to patients worldwide. Mesoblast has locations in Melbourne, New York, Singapore and Texas and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (MSB) and on the Nasdaq (MESO). For more information, please see, LinkedIn: Mesoblast Limited and Twitter: @Mesoblast.

¹ Benjamin EJ, Virani SS, Callaway CW et al. American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Statistics Committee and Stroke Statistics Subcommittee. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2018 Update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2018;137:e67–e4922016;133:e38–e360.

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