Just in time for American Heart Month, XyloCor Therapeutics has released positive topline results from their Phase I/II trial of their groundbreaking gene therapy for refractory angina. These results demonstrate their potential to revolutionize the treatment of this debilitating condition, providing hope to millions of patients who suffer from it.
Gene therapy is no longer just a promising potential treatment for hemophilia, ocular diseases, and neuromuscular indications like spinal muscular atrophy – it’s making its mark in the cardiovascular space too. With its ever-growing list of applications, gene therapy is becoming an increasingly viable option for tackling a wide range of conditions.
In Phase II of the EXACT trial, XyloCor’s groundbreaking lead gene therapy asset, XC001, achieved success, providing both a safe and effective solution. This marks a major milestone in the mission to develop innovative treatments to improve the lives of those with life-threatening diseases.
After six months of treatment, 28 patients with refractory angina saw significant improvement in their condition. Cardiac positron emission tomography imaging confirmed a reduced ischemic burden, indicating that the therapy had achieved its desired goals. These results demonstrate the success of this innovative approach to treating refractory angina.
After taking XC001, patients experienced a marked improvement in exercise duration. After just six months, they were able to take part in regular physical activities without chest pain. XyloCor reported this extraordinary result in a Thursday press release, noting that nearly all participants had seen a major improvement.
Ischemia is a serious medical condition which restricts the flow of blood to tissues and muscle groups, including the heart. This lack of blood flow and oxygen can cause chest pains and other symptoms of chronic angina. Fortunately, XC001 is a gene therapy that may offer a solution, by creating new blood vessels in the heart and reducing the ischemic burden.
The results of the study yielded promising results for patients in need of relief, with a variety of objective and subjective measures showing positive effects. Thomas Povsic, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and lead investigator of the EXACT study, noted the “intriguing benefits” of the study.
Povsic has provided convincing evidence that XC001 can effectively produce beneficial biological effects. His findings have demonstrated that this approach is based on sound scientific principles.
XyloCor’s clinical trial has been a success, as no safety issues were encountered during the trial. This is a major milestone for the company, highlighting their commitment to providing safe and effective treatments for their patients.
An Emerging Space
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