Seres Therapeutics to Present SER-109 Phase 3 ECOSPOR III Study Results at American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting
- New data demonstrate a sustained patient benefit following SER-109 administration with a highly statistically significant 31.1% absolute reduction in the rate of C. difficile infection recurrence over 12 weeks, compared to placebo –
- Additional new findings show similar SER-109 efficacy across stratified age groups and prior antibiotic treatment regimen cohorts –
- Well tolerated, with a safety profile comparable to placebo –
- SER-109 open label study enrolling individuals with recurrent C. difficile infection –
The ECOSPOR III study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT03183128) is a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled study that enrolled 182 patients with multiply recurrent C. difficile infection (CDI). Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive either SER-109 or placebo, after standard of care antibiotic treatment.
Previously reported topline data from ECOSPOR III showed that SER-109 met the study’s primary endpoint with a 30.2% absolute reduction of recurrence of CDI compared to placebo at 8 weeks post-treatment.
New data show that at 12 weeks post-treatment the rate of recurrence in the SER-109 arm was 16.7%, compared to a rate of 47.8% in the placebo arm, representing an absolute risk reduction of 31.1% (relative risk 0.35; 95% CI 0.21-0.58; p-value <0.001), consistent with the results seen at eight weeks.
“These new SER-109 Phase 3 data extend the dramatic topline findings previously reported. The results demonstrate the remarkable efficacy levels are sustained over a twelve-week period, and similar treatment benefits are seen in both younger and older patients. In addition, the data show consistent patient benefits regardless of the baseline antibiotic treatment,” said
Presentation details are shown below, and abstracts have been made available by ACG on their ACG2020 conference website.
Title: “8- and 12-week Efficacy and Safety Data from ECOSPOR-III a Phase 3 Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Randomized Trial of SER-109, an Investigational Microbiome Therapeutic for the Treatment of Patients with Recurrent Clostridioides difficile Infection (rCDI)”
SER-109 is an investigational, oral, biologically-sourced microbiome therapeutic that is designed to reduce recurrence of C. difficile infection (CDI), enabling patients to achieve a sustained clinical response by breaking the vicious cycle of CDI recurrence and restoring the diversity of the gastrointestinal microbiome. SER-109 is a consortium of purified Firmicute bacteria in spore form, manufactured by fractionating targeted bacteria from the stool of healthy human donors with further steps to inactivate potential pathogens. The FDA has granted SER-109 Breakthrough Therapy designation and Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of recurrent CDI.
SER-109 is fundamentally distinct from fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) and FMT-like products. SER-109 is comprised of a highly purified consortia of commensal bacteria in spore form, manufactured in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) conditions using stringent standards to ensure product quality and consistency. To support product safety, Seres utilizes a unique manufacturing process designed to inactivate numerous potential pathogens, including species of non-spore bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, and viruses such as SARS-CoV-2.
About C. difficile Infection (CDI) and Current Treatments
C. difficile infection (CDI) is one of the top three most urgent antibiotic-resistant bacterial threats in the
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