LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capricor Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CAPR) will provide an update on HOPE-2, its trial for CAP-1002, the company’s lead investigational therapy for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, at the 16th International Conference on Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy taking place in Rome this Friday through Sunday.
The three-day conference brings together scientists, physicians, companies, patients and their families to discuss the latest developments in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Linda Marbán, Ph.D., Capricor president and chief executive officer, will provide a presentation on Sunday on HOPE-2, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial anticipated to begin enrolling participants in March.
“Our previous clinical trial, the HOPE-Duchenne Trial, found significant and sustained improvements in skeletal muscle function and cardiac structure following a single dose of intracoronary CAP-1002,” said Dr. Marbán. “The HOPE-2 Trial will test the potential benefit of CAP-1002 as a multi-dose therapy delivered intravenously – in patients in advanced stages of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.”
HOPE-2 will enroll approximately 84 boys and young men whose ability to walk has been seriously impaired by the loss of muscle function that occurs as Duchenne muscular dystrophy progresses. Capricor believes that if the primary endpoint is reached, the HOPE-2 Trial could serve as a potential registration trial.
For more information about HOPE-2, please visit: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/study/NCT03406780?term=hope&cond=Duchenne+Muscular+Dystrophy&rank=2
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a devastating genetic disorder that causes muscle degeneration and leads to death, generally before the age of 30, most commonly from heart failure. It occurs in one in every 3,600 live male births across all races, cultures and countries. Duchenne muscular dystrophy afflicts approximately 200,000 boys and young men around the world. Treatment options are limited, and there is no cure.
CAP-1002 consists of allogeneic cardiosphere-derived cells, or CDCs, a unique population of cells that contains cardiac progenitor cells. CAP-1002 has been shown to exert potent immunomodulatory activity and stimulate cellular regeneration. CDCs have been the subject of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and have been administered to approximately 140 human subjects across several clinical trials.
About Capricor Therapeutics
Capricor Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAPR) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of first-in-class biological therapeutics for the treatment of rare disorders. Capricor’s lead candidate, CAP-1002, is an allogeneic cell therapy that is currently in clinical development for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Capricor has also established itself as one of the leading companies investigating the field of extracellular vesicles and is exploring the potential of CAP-2003, a cell-free, exosome-based candidate, to treat a variety of disorders. For more information, visit www.capricor.com. The HOPE-Duchenne trial was funded in part by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
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CAP-1002 is an Investigational New Drug and is not approved for any indications. CAP-2003 has not yet been approved for clinical investigation.
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