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Thursday, 4 January 2018

AB Science announces that based on interim analysis, IDMC recommended the continuation of the masitinib phase 3 study in progressive multiple sclerosis with no requirement to increase the sample size

AB Science    

Published: 17:46 CET 04-01-2018 /GlobeNewswire /Source: AB Science / : AB /ISIN: FR0010557264

Paris, January 4 2018, 5.45pm


AB Science announces that based on interim analysis, IDMC recommended the continuation of the masitinib phase 3 study in progressive forms of multiple sclerosis with no requirement to increase the study sample size




AB Science SA (NYSE Euronext - FR0010557264 - AB), a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), today reports that the Independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended continuation of the phase 3 study evaluating masitinib in the treatment of primary progressive or relapse-free secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, with no Sample Size Reestimation (SSR) necessary.


Study AB07002 is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial designed to assess the safety and efficacy of masitinib in patients with primary progressive or relapse-free secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. The treatment period is 96 weeksThe primary efficacy endpoint is the change over 96 weeks in EDSS (Expanded Disability Status Scale), which is a scale used for quantifying disability in multiple sclerosis and monitoring changes in the level of disability over time.


The study recruitment was completed with 656 enrolled patients.


In accordance with study protocol, an interim analysis was planned to be performed once 50% of the study population had reached the 96 weeks treatment duration period. IDMC used the conditional power (predictive probability of success) calculation based on the primary endpoint to give its recommendation regarding study continuation and SSR.


Based on conditional power (CP) calculation using the current sample size, the IDMC recommended the continuation of the study with no reestimation of sample size meaning that according to the protocol, the predictive probability of success of the study is above 80% with the current sample size.


Additionally, the IDMC did not report any safety concern with masitinib in the study population.


The interim analysis was performed without any unblinding for the sponsor.


Final results of the study are expected in Q2 2019.


Targeted population

Four principal courses of MS are currently defined according to clinical characteristics; namely: Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS), Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS), Primary Progressive MS (PPMS), and Progressive Relapsing MS (PRMS). The disease typically presents as RRMS, with more than 50% of RRMS patients entering a progressive phase (SPMS) following a highly variable delay. Approximately 10 to 15% of patients present with PPMS, which is characterized by continuous disease progression from the onset of disease, i.e. without relapses and remissions, for which prognosis is considered as poor due to the relatively rapid development of advanced disability as compared with RRMS.


Altogether, the progressive forms of multiple sclerosis represent around 60% of patients, hence around 400,000 patients in the USA and in the EU alone.



About masitinib

Masitinib is a new orally administered tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets mast cells and macrophages, important cells for immunity, through inhibiting a limited number of kinases. Based on its unique mechanism of action, masitinib can be developed in a large number of conditions in oncology, in inflammatory diseases, and in certain diseases of the central nervous system. In oncology due to its immunotherapy effect, masitinib can have an effect on survival, alone or in combination with chemotherapy. Through its activity on mast cells and microglia and consequently the inhibition of the activation of the inflammatory process, masitinib can have an effect on the symptoms associated with some inflammatory and central nervous system diseases and the degeneration of these diseases.


About AB Science

Founded in 2001, AB Science is a pharmaceutical company specializing in the research, development and commercialization of protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), a  class of targeted proteins whose action are key in signaling pathways within cells. Our programs target only diseases with high unmet medical needs, often lethal with short term survival or rare or refractory to previous line of treatment in cancers, inflammatory diseases, and central nervous system diseases, both in humans and animal health.

AB Science has developed a proprietary portfolio of molecules and the Company's lead compound, masitinib, has already been registered for veterinary medicine in Europe and in the USA and is developed in twelve phase 3 indications in human medicine in metastatic prostate cancer, metastatic pancreatic cancer, relapsing metastatic colorectal cancer, relapsing metastatic ovarian cancer, GIST, metastatic melanoma expressing JM mutation of c-Kit, relapsing T-cell lymphoma, mastocytosis, severe asthma, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and progressive forms of multiple sclerosis. The company is headquartered in Paris, France, and listed on Euronext Paris (ticker: AB).


Further information is available on AB Science's website: www.ab-science.com.


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