First In Vivo Data from Arbutus HBV Preclinical Combination Studies
Additive Anti-HBV Effects When Combining Capsid Inhibitor AB-423 with Current Standard of Care
VANCOUVER, British Columbia and DOYLESTOWN, Pa., June 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arbutus Biopharma Corporation (Nasdaq:ABUS), an industry-leading Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) therapeutic solutions company, today announced presentation of the first of its in vivo HBV preclinical combination results by Dr. Michael Sofia, Arbutus’ Chief Scientific Officer, at the Global Technology Community’s 5th Antiviral Drugs Research and Development conference held June 1-2, 2016 in San Diego. The results will be presented during the session titled “New Mechanisms in Hepatitis B Virus Inhibition and Approaches to a Cure.”
“We have extended the combination studies of our lead capsid assembly inhibitor AB-423 into the humanized mouse model of HBV infection where interim 28 day data continue to demonstrate additive anti-HBV effects when combined with current standard of care, entecavir (EVT) or interferon (IFN),” said Dr. Sofia. “Data on longer term combination studies in the humanized mouse model to look at magnitude and duration of response will be forthcoming. We are on track to file an IND or equivalent for AB-423 in the second half of this year, and continue to generate new data to inform our proprietary clinical combination studies, which we expect to initiate in 2017. Owning all of our assets allows us to rapidly and efficiently evaluate and select the most promising combinations for clinical development.”
Arbutus Biopharma Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to discovering, developing and commercializing a cure for patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B infection. Arbutus is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada with offices in Doylestown, PA, USA. For more information, visit www.arbutusbio.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and forward looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements about presenting the first of Arbutus’ in vivo HBV preclinical combination results; forthcoming data on longer term combination studies in the humanized mouse model to look at magnitude and duration of response; filing an IND or equivalent for AB-423 in the second half of 2016; initiating proprietary clinical combination studies in 2017; and discovering, developing and commercializing a cure for patients suffering from chronic hepatitis B infection.
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