Paris, April 7, 2014 – NEOVACS (Alternext Paris : ALNEV), a leader in active immunotherapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, today announced that it has recruited all 140 patients necessary for its TNF-Kinoid phase IIb study in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).
“We are pleased to report that the completion of our trial enrollment was consistent with timing laid out in our development plan,” said Pierre Vandepapelière, M.D., Ph.D., Neovacs Chief Medical Officer. “The robust investigator and patient participation we have experienced in this trial underscores the significant unmet medical need in RA and the potential an innovative, natural and long-lasting therapeutic approach holds in the treatment of in this disease.”
Study design and evaluation criteria
The phase IIb study of TNF-Kinoid in RA recruited 140 patients naïve to anti-TNF treatments. Inpatients were recruited from 11 countries throughout Western and Central Europe and Lebanon. The primary endpoint of the study was clinical efficacy as measured by DAS 28 and ACR criteria. Complete study results are expected in Q4 2014.
“Thanks to our research partners and team members, we were able to recruit the necessary number of patients in more than 40 international centers for our RA study under a tight timeframe. Our intention remains to publish study results before the end of the year, and we are confident these results will demonstrate the clinical efficacy of our anti-TNF Kinoid,” said Miguel Sieler, Neovacs Chief Executive Officer.
 Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Georgia, Serbia, Macedonia, Lebanon.
 The Disease Activity Score 28 (DAS 28) response criteria is a scale to measure disease improvement at 28 tender & swollen joint count. It has been defined by the European League against Rheumatism
 The ACR score is a scale to measure disease improvement, named after the American College for Rheumatology