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– Study shows that SER-109 reduced the risk of recurrent C. difficile infection in patients with risk factors for recurrence, including acid-reducing medications –
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., October 26, 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). New data from an exploratory analysis demonstrate SER-109 reduced the risk of rCDI compared to placebo in patients with risk factors for recurrence, including those taking acid-reducing medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 blockers (40.7% of patients). These data, presented by Louis Korman, M.D. on October 26 from 3:25-3:35 PM PT at the American College of Gastroenterology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, may assist healthcare providers in their clinical decision-making on the use of PPIs and H2 blockers in patients at risk for recurrent CDI.
"Those living with gastrointestinal issues are faced with limited treatment options to help address some of the debilitating symptoms they face each day. While many turn to acid-reducing medicines, previous studies have shown that this can result in a higher risk of recurrent C. difficile infection," said Lisa von Moltke, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Seres. "We were pleased to see that with the administration of SER-109, subjects in the study experienced a lower CDI recurrence rate regardless of their risk factors, including the use of acid-reducing medications—a highly prevalent characteristic in this study population."
The SER-109 ECOSPOR III Phase 3 study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03183128) was a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Previously reported topline data demonstrated that the study achieved its primary endpoint where SER-109 was superior to placebo in reducing CDI recurrence at eight weeks reflecting 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% vs. 47%, respectively). SER-109 was observed to be well tolerated in the study, with no treatment-related serious adverse events observed in the active arm and an adverse event profile comparable to placebo.
"As a clinician treating people living with recurrent C. difficile infection, I recognize the serious and often debilitating impact it has on their lives. I’m further encouraged by these new findings as they show that SER-109 has the potential to be broadly effective, including in patients known to be at higher risk of experiencing a recurrence of C. difficile infection," said Louis Korman, M.D., Director, Chevy Chase Clinical Research, Principal Investigator of the SER-109 Phase 3 trial and presenting author.
Seres expects both the completed Phase 3 study results and the pending open-label study database to enable a Biologics License Application (BLA) filing in mid-2022.
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.