LA ROCHELLE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News:
VALBIOTIS (Paris:ALVAL) (FR0013254851 – ALVAL / PEA/ SME eligible), a Research & Development company committed to scientific innovation for preventing and combating metabolic diseases, announces the acceleration of its pipeline clinical development, of plant-derived active substances, in new indications: cardiovascular and hepatic steatosis risk.
Building on its recent successes, VALBIOTIS is pursuing its innovation strategy focused on the prevention of chronic metabolic diseases by accelerating the clinical development of three additional innovative active substances: TOTUM-070, TOTUM-8541 and TOTUM-4481. These substances, also developed by VALBIOTIS’ proprietary R&D platform, target the early stages of chronic metabolic and cardiovascular diseases and address unmet medical needs.
TOTUM-070 for reducing LDL-cholesterol
TOTUM-070, a patented combination of plant extracts, free from phytosterols and red rice yeast, is dedicated to the reduction of blood LDL-cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”), a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In 2020, it is estimated that 174 million people over the age of 25 have high cholesterol in the United States and Europe (top 5: Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom)2, with a diagnosis rate estimated at around 50%. The current market for non-prescription products is estimated at €1.2 billion in these countries2.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of 3.75 g/day of TOTUM-070 for 6 months in 120 people with untreated mild to moderate high cholesterol (1.3 ≤ LDL < 2.2 g/L) is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2020 (with first inclusion planned for the fourth quarter of 2020). Initial results are expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. The primary endpoint of the study will be the reduction of blood LDL-cholesterol. The program benefits from a €500k grant to be received from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the Poitou-Charentes region.
VALBIOTIS aims to obtain, notably in Europe and North America, the first proprietary health claim related to the reduction of LDL-cholesterol, a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
TOTUM-854 for reducing blood pressure
TOTUM-854 targets the reduction of blood pressure. Worldwide, 1.1 billion people suffer from arterial hypertension, the principal cardiovascular risk factor and leading cause of premature death3. TOTUM-854 is uniquely positioned in a non-drug management strategy for people with mild to moderate hypertension. In 2020, it is estimated that 124 million people over the age of 20 have a slight to moderate blood pressure elevation (120 ≤ systolic blood pressure < 140 mm Hg; 80 ≤ diastolic blood pressure < 90 mm Hg) in the United States and in the top five European countries2, with a diagnosis rate estimated at 61%. Of these 124 million people, 32 million have already been diagnosed and use non-drug products to control their blood pressure, which today equates to an estimated market of €1.15 billion2.
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase II clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of 2.5 g/day of TOTUM-854 for 6 months in 100 people with mild to moderate hypertension is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020 (with first inclusion scheduled for the first quarter of 2021). First results are expected in the first quarter of 2022. The main objective will be the measurement of systolic blood pressure at a clinical investigation center, following the official recommendations. 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurement (ABPM) will be one of the study’s secondary endpoints.
VALBIOTIS has also entered into partnership with the Laboratoire Pharm-Ecologie Cardiovasculaire (Cardiovascular Pharm-Ecology Laboratory) at Avignon University (EA 4278) to further explore TOTUM-854’s mechanism of action.
VALBIOTIS aims to obtain, notably in Europe and North America, the first proprietary health claim related to the reduction of systolic blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases.
TOTUM-448 for reducing hepatic steatosis
Finally, with TOTUM-448, VALBIOTIS is targeting hepatic steatosis, a condition that puts patients at high risk of developing non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Without intervention, up to 40% of subjects with hepatic steatosis will at least develop NASH within 8 to 13 years4. The Phase II clinical study is expected to begin in the second half of 2021 and will be the subject of a subsequent announcement.
The TOTUM-854 and TOTUM-448 programs have been granted a repayable advance and innovation loan of €630k by Bpifrance.
VALBIOTIS, as part of the consolidation and updating of this pipeline, announces the discontinuation of its LpD64 program in obesity.
Endorsement of the business and scientific model
Sébastien PELTIER, CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors at VALBIOTIS, commented: “Our recent successes are now opening up exciting prospects for the company. Our ambition is to clinically develop TOTUM-070, TOTUM-854 and TOTUM-448, on the basis of our proven business model, and to enter into new worldwide licensing agreements to ultimately benefit from revenues from a number of Nutrition Health products. Our proprietary R&D platform and the support of our partners provide a clear funding framework for these developments, until new agreements are concluded with major healthcare players, who may decide to market then even before obtaining a health claim.”
Murielle CAZAUBIEL, Director of Development and Medical Affairs at VALBIOTIS, added: “Our ambition is clear: to develop new products for the prevention of metabolic diseases such as high cholesterol, arterial hypertension and hepatic steatosis (NAFL). We are now able to accelerate clinical development of our complete portfolio of active substances aimed at reducing the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, based on the same model as that validated in prediabetes.”
VALBIOTIS is a Research & Development company committed to scientific innovation for preventing and combating metabolic diseases in response to unmet medical needs.
VALBIOTIS has adopted an innovative approach, aiming to revolutionize healthcare by developing a new class of nutritional health solutions designed to reduce the risk of major metabolic diseases, based on a multi-target approach and made possible by the use of plant-based ingredients.
Its products are intended to be licensed to players in the health world.
VALBIOTIS was founded in La Rochelle in early 2014 and has formed numerous partnerships with top academic centers. The Company has established three sites in France – Périgny, La Rochelle (17) and Riom (63).
VALBIOTIS is a member of the “BPI Excellence” network and received the “Innovative Company” status accorded by BPI France. Valbiotis has also been awarded “Young Innovative Company” status and has received major financial support from the European Union for its research programs by obtaining support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). VALBIOTIS is a PEA-SME eligible company.
Find out more about VALBIOTIS: www.valbiotis.com
ISIN code: FR0013254851
Mnemonic code: ALVAL
This press release contains forward-looking statements about VALBIOTIS’ objectives, based on rational hypotheses and the information available to the company at the present time. However, in no way does this constitute a guarantee of future performance, and these projections can be reconsidered based on changes in economic conditions and financial markets, as well as a certain number of risks and doubts, including those described in the VALBIOTIS core document, filed with the French Financial Markets Regulator (AMF) on 31 July 2019 (application number R19-030) as well in its supplement approved by the AMF on October 9, 2019. These documents being available on the Company’s website (www.valbiotis.com). This press release, as well as the information contained herein, does not constitute an offer to sell or subscribe to, or a solicitation to purchase or subscribe to, VALBIOTIS’ shares or securities in any country.
1 TOTUM-854 and TOTUM-448 are active substances stemming from the VAL-63 research program.
2 Data from AEC Partners for the United States and VALBIOTIS’ 5 principal European countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom), 2020.
3 ESC/ESH Guidelines for the management of arterial hypertension, European Heart Journal, 2018.
4 EASL–EASD–EASO 2016 Clinical Practice Guidelines on the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. J Hepatol 2016.