Achaogen (NASDAQ: AKAO) recently held a research and development (R&D) day to provide an overview of its programs. The meeting included presentations from members of Achaogen’s leadership team and medical community key opinion leaders. During the day, the company discussed C-Scape, its new orally administered antibacterial candidate to treat patients with complicated urinary tract infections. Achaogen plans to begin a clinical trial of C-Scape in 2017. Additionally, the R&D day provided an overview of the plazomicin program, including a review of the positive phase 3 results, progress toward the planned New Drug Application (NDA) submission and preparation for commercialization. The company plans to submit an NDA for plazomicin to the FDA in the second half of 2017. “We believe that with plazomicin, a pre-NDA candidate, and C-Scape, a 2017 Phase 1 candidate with potential for rapid development, we are positioned to advance our leadership in discovering, developing, and commercializing innovative antibacterials to treat the critical priority pathogens that cause highly resistant gram-negative infections,” CEO Kenneth Hillan, M.B. Ch.B. stated in the news release.
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Achaogen is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company passionately committed to the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative antibacterials to treat MDR gram-negative infections. Achaogen is developing plazomicin, Achaogen’s lead product candidate, for the treatment of serious bacterial infections due to MDR Enterobacteriaceae, including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Achaogen’s plazomicin program is funded in part with Federal funds from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSO100201000046C. Plazomicin is the first clinical candidate from Achaogen’s gram-negative antibiotic discovery engine. Achaogen has other programs in early and late preclinical stages focused on other MDR gram-negative infections, including an orally-available antibacterial candidate, C-Scape, a combination of an approved beta-lactam and an approved beta-lactamase inhibitor. Achaogen is also pursuing an advanced series of LpxC inhibitor compounds that are active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and have been funded in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN272201500009C. All product candidates are investigational only and have not been approved for commercialization. For more information, please visit www.achaogen.com.
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