Oramed (ORMP) Reports Additional Positive Data from Phase IIb ORMD-0801 Study
Zacks Small Cap Research
August 11, 2016
By Grant Zeng, CFA
Background of the Phase IIb (ORA-D-007) Study
ORA-D-007 is a double-blind, randomized, 28-day Phase IIb clinical trial designed to assess the safety and efficacy of ORMD-0801 in type II diabetics. The trial will evaluate ORMD-0801 over a longer treatment period (28-day vs 7-day in the Phase IIa study) and will have statistical power to give greater insight into the drug’s efficacy.
The Phase IIb trial was initiated on June 30, 2015 and conducted at 33 clinical sites in the United States.
– To evaluate the pharmacodynamics effects of ORMD-0801 on mean nighttime glucose (determined using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)).
– To evaluate the safety of ORMD-0801, including incidence of hypoglycemia.
– To evaluate changes from baseline in fasting blood glucose (FBG), morning fasting serum insulin, c-peptide, and triglycerides.
– To evaluate the immunogenicity of ORMD-0801 through quantitation of anti-insulin antibodies.
– To evaluate changes from baseline in HbA1c, 24-hour, fasting and daytime glucose levels on CGM, weight, and C-Reactive Protein (CRP).
Initial Top Line Data
On May 18, 2016, Oramed (ORMP) announced positive top-line data from the Phase IIb study. The study achieved its primary objective: a significant reduction of weighted mean night-time glucose in patients treated with oral insulin ORMD-0801.
This study showed a statistically significant decrease in the primary endpoint, pooled night-time glucose mean percentage change of 6.47% from run-in, between placebo and active cohorts (p=0.0268).
Further, the study demonstrated a good safety profile of ORMD-0801 with no drug related serious adverse events.
On July 28, Oramed reported additional data from the Phase IIb trial. In addition to positive topline data showing the study successfully met its primary efficacy and safety endpoints announced on May 18, the new data indicated a statistically significant lowering of glucose relative to placebo across several endpoints.
Due to technical inaccuracies that can occur in any diabetes study, measuring glucose changes with continuous glucose monitors (CGM), data can include extreme outliers. To reduce variability, trimming of unlocked, fully blinded information was conducted. In the current summary, the 80% trimmed data (data excluding the 10% highest and lowest values) is presented.
In the study, the mean nighttime glucose showed a significant difference in mean change from run-in (13.70 mg/dL for placebo vs. 1.66 mg/dL for the pooled ORMD-0801 arms with a p= 0.0117). ORMD-0801 was safe and well tolerated, with no drug related serious or severe adverse events and no statistically significant differences in laboratory values or vital signs.
Other secondary and exploratory objectives of the study included evaluating the effect of ORMD-0801 on mean 24-hour glucose, fasting glucose, and daytime glucose. The mean 24-hour glucose showed a highly significant difference in mean change from run-in (13.26 mg/dL for placebo vs. -0.32 mg/dL for ORMD-0801, p