Statera Biopharma, Inc., Announces Central Institutional Review Board Approval of Phase 3 Clinical Trial for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease

Tuesday, 15. February 2022 15:04

STAT-201 is being developed as a novel, immune-modulation therapy for treating Crohn’s Disease

Phase 3 trial expected to begin in second quarter 2022

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Feb. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Statera Biopharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: STAB), a leading biopharmaceutical company creating next-generation immune therapies that focus on immune restoration and homeostasis, announced today that it has received Central Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct a Phase 3 clinical trial for STAT-201 in the treatment of pediatric Crohn’s Disease (CD), a chronic relapsing inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

“IRB approval to proceed with our Phase 3 trial is an important step for the development of STAT-201, one that potentially may lead to better treatment for pediatric patients whose lives are significantly impacted by the physical and emotional burdens of CD,” said Michael Handley, President and CEO of Statera Biopharma. “STAT-201, our most advanced drug candidate, is an immune modulator that can provide for the restoration of mucosal healing and intestinal barrier function as an adjunct to standard of care in CD.”

The Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study of the Efficacy and Safety of STAT-201 in Pediatric Patients Aged 12 to 17 years with Active Crohn’s Disease, will evaluate the safety and efficacy of STAT-201 compared to placebo in establishing remission in pediatric CD patients. Approximately 165 participants will be randomized between the three treatment arms. Trial sites are being selected, and patient enrollment is expected to begin during the second quarter.

In a Phase 2 study, STAT-201 demonstrated safety as well as remission in 67% of participants and 43% mucosal healing as measured by endoscopic assessment. No serious adverse events were reported in the trial. STAT-201 has received FDA orphan drug designation for treatment of CD in pediatric patients.

CD is now recognized as one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in children and adolescents. Approximately 20-30% of all CD patients present symptoms when they are younger than age 20 including persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain and rectal bleeding. Due to the unpredictable nature of the disease, patients endure significant physical, emotional and economic burdens. Despite current treatments, CD patients continue to have disease flares, smoldering disease or intolerable side effects, making the need for new therapy approaches critical.

About Statera Biopharma, Inc.
Statera Biopharma, Inc. (formerly Cytocom, Inc.) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel immunotherapies targeting autoimmune, neutropenia/anemia, emerging viruses and cancers based on a proprietary platform designed to rebalance the body’s immune system and restore homeostasis. Statera has a large platform of toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists with TLR4 and TLR9 antagonists, and the TLR5 agonists, Entolimod and GP532. TLRs are a class of protein that plays a key role in the innate immune system. Statera is developing therapies designed to directly elicit within patients a robust and durable response of antigen-specific killer T-cells and antibodies, thereby activating essential immune defenses against autoimmune, inflammatory, infectious diseases, and cancers. Statera has clinical programs for Crohn’s disease (STAT-201), hematology (Entolimod), pancreatic cancer (STAT-401) and COVID-19 (STAT-205) in addition to potential expansion into fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. To learn more about Statera, please visit www.staterabiopharma.com.

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Contacts:
Statera Biopharma
Nichol Ochsner
Executive V.P. Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(732) 754-2545
nichol.ochsner@staterabiopharma.com

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