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– In ECOSPOR III, investigational microbiome therapy SER-109 was associated with greater reduction of antimicrobial resistance genes in patients with recurrent CDI compared to placebo –
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 02, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seres Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRB), a leading microbiome therapeutics company, today announced late-breaking data from its Phase 3 ECOSPOR III study evaluating SER-109, an investigational oral microbiome therapeutic for recurrent C. difficile infection (rCDI). SER-109 was associated with significantly greater reduction of antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) compared to placebo, with the reduction observed both rapidly (by Week 1) and sustained through Week 8 of the study. These data, presented by Timothy Straub on October 2 at the IDWeek 2021 Virtual Conference, support a potential role for microbiome therapeutics in rapid decolonization of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
"As the GI microbiome is the first-line of defense against colonization with antimicrobial resistant bacteria, this exploratory analysis is critical to understanding the potential of SER-109 and our microbiome pipeline more broadly," said Lisa von Moltke, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Seres. "As one of the most urgent bacterial threats in the U.S. and a leading cause of hospital-acquired infection, providing patients with safer and more effective treatment options is at the forefront of our mission as we work to potentially bring the first-ever FDA-approved microbiome therapeutic to those suffering from C. difficile."
The SER-109 ECOSPOR III Phase 3 study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03183128) was a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Previously reported topline data indicated that the study achieved its primary endpoint at eight weeks and demonstrated a sustained clinical response rate of approximately 88% at eight weeks post-treatment. SER-109 resulted in a 27% absolute reduction of recurrence of CDI compared to placebo at eight weeks post-treatment, which is a relative risk reduction of 68%. In May 2021, Seres presented 24-week clinical data from the study that demonstrated significantly reduced recurrence rates compared to placebo over 24 weeks (21.3% vs. 47.3%, respectively). SER-109 was observed to be well tolerated, with no treatment-related serious adverse events observed in the active arm and an adverse event profile comparable to placebo. Seres expects to file a Biologics License Application (BLA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in mid-2022.
The data is available to registered attendees on the virtual platform throughout the duration of the IDWeek Conference at www.IDWeek.org.
SER-109 is an oral microbiome therapeutic candidate consisting of a consortium of highly purified Firmicutes spores, which normally live in the healthy microbiome. SER-109 is designed to prevent further recurrences of CDI in patients with a history of multiple infections by modulating the disrupted microbiome to a state that resists C. difficile colonization and growth. The SER-109 manufacturing purification process is designed to remove unwanted microbes thereby reducing the risk of pathogen transmission beyond donor screening alone. The U.S. FDA has granted SER-109 Breakthrough Therapy designation and Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of rCDI.
About Seres Therapeutics
Seres Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRB) is a leading microbiome therapeutics company developing a novel class of multifunctional bacterial consortia that are designed to functionally interact with host cells and tissues to treat disease. Seres’ SER-109 program achieved the first-ever positive pivotal clinical results for a targeted microbiome drug candidate and has obtained Breakthrough Therapy and Orphan Drug designations from the FDA. The SER-109 program is being advanced for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection and has potential to become a first-in-class FDA-approved microbiome therapeutic. Seres is evaluating SER-301 in a Phase 1b study in patients with ulcerative colitis and SER-155 in a Phase 1b study to address gastrointestinal infections, bacteremia and graft-versus-host disease. For more information, please visit www.serestherapeutics.com.
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Carlo Tanzi, Ph.D.