Adial Completes Validation of Genetic Biomarker Test in Collaboration with Eurofins for Upcoming Phase 3 Trial
Friday, December 13, 2019
Reports regulatory progress in Europe and imminent commencement of clinical trial
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2019 / Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Adial") (NASDAQ:ADIL; ADILW), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addiction, today announced that it has completed validation of its genetic biomarker test for its planned Phase 3 trial. The Phase 3 trial is designed to study AD04, a genetically targeted therapeutic agent for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder.
Eurofins Genomics ("Eurofins"), a division of Eurofins Biopharma Services, a global scientific leader in bioanalytical testing, performed the laboratory validation of Adial's companion diagnostic genetic test using double strand Sanger sequencing and Fragment length analysis of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products. These assays will be used for the analysis of patients' blood samples for genetic variants in defined genes caused by Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or Fragment Length Polymorphisms. The acceptability of the assay validation will be evaluated further by the local ethics committees and regulatory authorities during the clinical trial application (CTA) assessments.
William Stilley, Chief Executive Officer of Adial Pharmaceuticals, commented, "Completion of the genetic test validation is a key milestone as we finalize preparations for our planned Phase 3 trial. By genetically pre-screening subjects prior to enrollment, our companion diagnostic genetic test allows us to only enroll those patients that have the genetic biomarkers indicating that they are expected to respond to AD04. We believe this approach will enhance the efficacy rates of AD04 in the trial and reduce the time and costs associated with conducting the trial. At the same time, we are making progress towards finalizing the necessary regulatory approvals in Europe and look forward to providing near-term updates on commencement of our Phase 3 clinical trial."
Elena Logan, Senior VP, Eurofins Biopharma Services, noted, "The genetic test met or exceeded all the necessary criteria for use in the upcoming Phase 3 trial. Adial is at the forefront of precision medicine, developing a personalized approach using a genetic companion diagnostic test to identify patients likely to respond to treatment. We are delighted to support Adial in this important mission to advance AD04 as an attractive potential therapy addressing a significant unmet need among patients with Alcohol Use Disorder."
About Eurofins Scientific
Eurofins Scientific through its subsidiaries (hereinafter sometimes "Eurofins" or "the Group") believes it is a scientific leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and for supporting clinical studies. With about 45,000 staff in more than 800 laboratories across 47 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods for evaluating the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin and purity of biological substances and products, as well as for innovative clinical diagnostics. The Group objective is to provide its customers with high-quality services, accurate results on time and expert advice by its highly qualified staff.
About Eurofins BioPharma Services
Reliable, high quality laboratory data is pivotal to the success of clinical trials. Since laboratory testing is our sole focus, we go above and beyond to provide an array of services to ensure that any clinical trial sample is collected, transported, managed, analyzed, reported and stored to meet the objectives and purpose of your study. We are dedicated to providing the most cost effective and efficient solutions to pharmaceutical, biotech companies and CROs alike.
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About Adial Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adial Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of treatments for addictions. The Company's lead investigational new drug product, AD04, is a genetically targeted therapeutic agent for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). A Phase 2b clinical trial of AD04 for the treatment of AUD showed promising results in reducing frequency of drinking, quantity of drinking and heavy drinking (all with statistical significance), and no overt safety concerns (there were no statistically significant serious adverse events reported). The Company plans to commence a Phase 3 clinical trial using AD04 for the potential treatment of AUD in subjects with certain target genotypes, which are to be identified using the Company's proprietary companion diagnostic genetic test. AD04 is also believed to have the potential to treat other addictive disorders such as opioid use disorder, gambling, and obesity. www.adialpharma.com
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