Bellerophon Announces Positive Top-line Results from Cohort 2 of Phase 2/3 Study of INOpulse® for Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Interstitial Lung Disease
Statistically Significant Improvement Demonstrated in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity
Bellerophon Intends to Initiate Pivotal Phase 3 in First Quarter of 2020
Company Enters Into $10M Convertible Financing Facility Led By Existing Institutional Shareholders, Extending Cash Runway to 2021
Bellerophon to Host Conference Call and Live Webcast Today at 8:30 AM ET
WARREN, N.J., Dec. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLPH) (“Bellerophon” or the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company, today announced positive top-line results from Cohort 2 of its ongoing Phase 2/3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study (iNO-PF) of INOpulse® for the treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension associated with Interstitial Lung Disease (PH-ILD).
Subjects in Cohort 2 of iNO-PF treated with iNO45 (45 mcg/kg IBW/hr) demonstrated statistically significant improvement in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), defined as walking, climbing stairs, yard work, and similar activities, versus placebo. The improvements in MVPA were underscored by benefits shown in other actigraphy parameters, as well as patient reported outcomes. Subjects on iNO demonstrated improvements versus placebo in the following top-line parameters:
-- MVPA improved by 14 minutes per day, representing a 20% improvement (p=0.02) -- Overall activity improved by 100 counts/min, representing a 7% improvement -- St. George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) Total score improved by 3 points -- SGRQ Activity score improved by 5 points -- SGRQ Impacts score improved by 6 points -- University of California, San Diego Shortness of Breath Questionnaire improved by 5 points
INOpulse was well-tolerated with no safety concerns.
“The top-line results from Cohort 2 in the iNO-PF study are exciting and highlight the potential therapeutic benefit of INOpulse,” said Steven D. Nathan, M.D., F.C.C.P., Medical Director of the Advanced Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Chair of Bellerophon’s Steering Committee. “It is validating and reassuring to see the results from Cohort 2. The statistically significant benefit shown by INOpulse in MVPA, as well as the consistent benefit in overall activity over a four month period, are especially encouraging considering that this patient population has a median life expectancy of approximately 18 months. An additional positive finding was the improvement in patient reported outcomes corroborating the improvements demonstrated in the actigraphy data, pointing to the fact that patients feel better while doing more. I look forward to the continued development of INOpulse and am excited by the potential prospects of this promising therapy in PH-ILD patients who have limited ability to perform even the most basic daily tasks.”
“The positive top-line data from Cohort 2 of iNO-PF represent a defining milestone for our INOpulse clinical development program,” said Fabian Tenenbaum, Chief Executive Officer of Bellerophon. “The significant improvement demonstrated in MVPA confirms the benefits previously observed in Cohort 1 and in our earlier trials and positions INOpulse to potentially become the first approved therapy to address this serious unmet medical need. As previously agreed upon with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, MVPA will serve as the primary endpoint for the Phase 3 study, which we expect to initiate in the first quarter of 2020.”
Cohort 2 included 44 subjects randomized 2:1 to either iNO45 or placebo for a 4 month blinded treatment period followed by an open-label extension.
Bellerophon also announced today that it has entered into an agreement for a $10 million convertible financing facility, led by existing institutional investors, including New Mountain Capital and Puissance Capital Management.
“We are gratified by the support and confidence in Bellerophon demonstrated through this investment by our current investors,” continued Mr. Tenenbaum. “Importantly, this capital extends our cash runway into 2021, further strengthening our cash position as we prepare to initiate pivotal Cohort 3 of iNO-PF.”
Conference Call DetailsTuesday, December 17, 2019, at 8:30 AM ET
Toll Free: 877-705-6003 International: 201-493-6725 Conference ID: 13697553 Webcast (with slides): http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=137374
About BellerophonBellerophon Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing innovative therapies that address significant unmet medical needs in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Company is currently developing multiple product candidates under its INOpulse® program, a proprietary pulsatile nitric oxide delivery system. For more information, please visit www.bellerophon.com.
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ContactsAt Bellerophon: Fabian Tenenbaum, Chief Executive Officer (908) 574-4767
At LifeSci Advisors:Brian Ritchie(212) 915-2578 email@example.com