MediWound Launches Clinical Development Program for Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Phase I/II Clinical Study in Basal Cell Carcinoma Scheduled to Begin Second Quarter 2021, with Data Expected by the End of 2021
An Investigator-Initiated Trial
MWPC005 is a topically applied biological drug candidate based on the same active ingredient as in the Company’s NexoBrid® and EscharEx® products, a concentrate of proteolytic enzymes enriched in bromelain. MediWound’s preclinical in-vitro research, combined with existing scientific evidence in a skin cancer model, demonstrated bromelain’s anti-cancer activity, and together with clinical case studies suggest that MWPC005 might have a role in treating low-risk non-melanoma skin malignancies.
“I am pleased to launch our new clinical development program for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers. MWPC005 represents an important step in our strategic evolution to leverage our innovative enzymatic platform technology to pioneer solutions for unmet medical needs,” said
BCC is a non-melanoma skin cancer that arises from the basal layer of epidermis and its appendages. According to the
The phase I/II open-label, randomized clinical study of MWPC005 in BCC is designed to evaluate safety and tolerability using different schedules of administration, as well as provide a preliminary evaluation of efficacy as measured by the percentage of target lesion with complete histological clearance. The study will enroll up to 32 patients with histologically confirmed superficial or nodular BCC and will be conducted at three leading clinical centers in the
The phase II investigator-initiated trial is an open-label study, designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of MWPC005 in removing non-melanoma skin cancer and pre-cancerous lesions (e.g. actinic keratosis, BCC and squama cell carcinoma) in up to 50 patients.
MWPC005, is a topically applied biological product candidate based on the same active substance as in NexoBrid® and EscharEx® products, a concentrate of proteolytic enzymes enriched in Bromelain. MWPC005 is based on a proprietary formulation, designed to ease self-administration by the patients. The clinical development plan of MWPC005 is supported by the results from several toxicological and other preclinical studies, as well as the vast clinical experience from NexoBrid and EscharEx, which share the same active substance.
NexoBrid, our first commercialized biological product for non-surgical and rapid eschar removal of deep, partial and full-thickness thermal burns without harming viable tissue, is currently marketed in the
EscharEx, our next-generation bioactive topical therapeutic under development in the
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