AB Science initiates recruitment in masitinib phase 3 study in severe persistent asthma

AB Science SA, a pharmaceutical company specialising in the research, development and commercialisation of protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs), announced today the recruitment of the first patient in the phase 3 study evaluating masitinib in severe persistent asthma.

"Improving precision of PCI procedures and the ergonomic conditions of the cath lab will ultimately improve patient procedures," said Joseph P. Carrozza, Jr. M.D., co-principal investigator and Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. "The CorPath System allows interventional cardiologists to operate in a comfortable environment, completely focused on the patient’s physiology. The ergonomically optimized cockpit enhances visualization, while minimizing fatigue, radiation exposure and other occupational hazards, such as back strain."

The CorPath PRECISE (Percutaneous Robotic-Enhanced Coronary Intervention Study) trial will be conducted at leading medical centers across the United States, including Columbia University Medical Center in New York, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va., and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, New York. The results of this study will be the basis for a Pre-market clearance (510(k)) application to the FDA.

"The initiation of the CorPath PRECISE trial is a tremendous milestone for Corindus," said David M. Handler, President and CEO of Corindus. "We believe the CorPath System has the potential to raise the standard of care in PCI by cost effectively improving procedure results, while ultimately extending the physician’s capability, and career."

The first procedures in the trial are targeted for early 2011. Previously, Corindus Vascular Robotics completed its first-in-human clinical trial with CorPath 200 System in March 2010. These results met the company’s safety and efficacy endpoints and were among the data the FDA considered in granting conditional IDE approval.

Source: Corindus

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