New Study From Trek Therapeutics Tests TD-6450 and Faldaprevir

 

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As the co-founder and chief medical officer of Trek Therapeutics, Robert Hindes, MD, is responsible for designing and managing clinical studies evaluating Trek’s hepatitis C drugs. Robert Hindes, MD, and Trek have recently been focused on trials involving TD-6450 and faldaprevir, two of the company’s most promising in-licensed assets.

In mid-June, Trek Therapeutics began a new study to evaluate the effectiveness of TD-6450 plus faldaprevir against HCV genotype 1b. The study will measure the regimen’s effectiveness both with and without the addition of ribavirin, an antiviral commonly used to treat HCV. These trials are being conducted in both New Zealand and the United States.

Trek’s next generation NS5A inhibitor, TD-6450, is an essential component in the combination drug regimen. TD-6450 was designed to perform better than similar antivirals, especially against the particular strains that were resistant to first generation NS5A inhibitors. So far, TD-6450 and faldaprevir results have been very encouraging, demonstrating rapid and sustained suppression of HCV. If all goes well, these new treatments may be able to improve quality of life for people infected with HCV but with poor access to the expensive regimens being marketed in the US and Europe.

Faldaprevir – An Effective Second-Wave Protease Inhibitor

 

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Robert Hindes, MD, co-founded Trek Therapeutics, which is organized as a public benefit corporation that seeks ways of developing innovative yet affordable and accessible antiviral medications. As chief medical officer, Robert Hindes, MD, is engaged with his team in Phase 2a studies of TD-6450 plus faldaprevir.

Faldaprevir, a second generation protease inhibitor, was initially developed for use with ribavirin and pegylated interferon, and it is currently used in new regimens that are interferon-free. In phase 2b and 3 studies in patients with previously untreated genotype 1b hepatitis C virus (HCV), faldaprevir combined with pegylated interferon and ribavirin resulted in SVR rate of 82%.

A 2015 paper published in Liver International evaluated the Phase 2b SOUND-C2 interferon-free study involving a combination of faldaprevir, ribavirin, and deleobuvir. The combination resulted in overall SVR rate of 92%, and was well-tolerated among patients with HCV genotype-1a and 1b. Along with simeprevir, faldaprevir is considered one of the most effective second generation protease inhibitors.