Jersey City, NJ (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Drug development company SCYNEXIS, Inc. (Nasdaq:SCYX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to the Company’s novel and structurally distinct glucan synthase inhibitor, SCY-078, for the treatment of invasive Candida infections, including candidemia.
The orphan drug designation of SCY-078 provides seven years of market exclusivity. The Company was previously granted Qualified Infectious Disease Product (QIDP) designation, which provides an additional five years of exclusivity. Together, these designations provide SCYNEXIS with a potential twelve years of market exclusivity in the U.S. following FDA approval.
“We are pleased with FDA’s decision to grant SCY-078 orphan drug designation which speaks to the urgent need for a new class of antifungal agents to treat this rare and life-threatening condition, particularly as resistance to current treatments continues to rise,” said Marco Taglietti, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of SCYNEXIS. “This latest achievement is another key milestone for SCYNEXIS and we look forward to announcing top line data from our two ongoing Phase 2 studies of SCY-078’s oral formulation for the treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) and invasive candidiasis in June and July 2016, respectively.”
In the U.S., under the Orphan Drug Act, the FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development grants orphan drug status to a drug intended to treat a rare disease or condition, which is generally a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 individuals in the country. In addition to the potential extended U.S. market exclusivity in the specified indication, if SCYNEXIS complies with certain FDA requirements, the designation provides several benefits and incentives, including tax credits related to qualified clinical trial expenses and an exemption from FDA application fees.
About Invasive Candidiasis
Invasive candidiasis is a serious, often life-threatening infection caused by Candida species that typically affects a highly vulnerable population such as immunocompromised patients or patients under intensive care in hospital settings. We estimate that the U.S. annual incidence is approximately 98,000 cases with high mortality rates (i.e., 20-40%) despite the currently available antifungal agents. Furthermore, the limited number of antifungal drug classes, consisting of azoles, echinocandins and polyenes, and their widespread use, has led to increased numbers of candida infections with drug-resistant strains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has listed fluconazole-resistant Candida as a serious public health threat requiring prompt and sustained action.
SCY-078 is an oral glucan synthase inhibitor in Phase 2 development for the treatment of fungal infections caused by Candida and Aspergillus species. SCY-078 is a semi-synthetic derivative of the natural product enfumafungin—a structurally distinct class of glucan synthase inhibitors. SCY-078 combines the well-established activity of glucan synthase inhibitors with the flexibility of use of azole with both oral and IV formulations. By belonging to a chemical class distinct from other antifungals, SCY-078 has shown in vitroactivity against multi-drug resistant pathogens, including azole and echinocandin resistant strains. SCY-078 is currently in Phase 2 development with the oral formulations in two indications: invasive candidiasis and vulvovaginal candidiasis. SCY-078 has received both Fast Track and QIDP designations from FDA for the oral and intravenous (IV) formulations for the indications of invasive candidiasis (including candidemia) and invasive aspergillosis.
About SCYNEXIS, Inc.
SCYNEXIS is a pharmaceutical company committed to the development and commercialization of novel anti-infectives to address significant unmet therapeutic needs. We are developing our lead product candidate, SCY-078, as an oral and IV drug for the treatment of several fungal infections, including serious and life-threatening invasive fungal infections. For more information, visit www.SCYNEXIS.com.