Capstone Therapeutics Corp.
Effective October 1, 2008, OrthoLogic Corp. began doing business as Capstone Therapeutics (the "Company") (OTCQB: CAPS); on May 21, 2010 the name of the Company was changed from OrthoLogic Corp. to Capstone Therapeutics Corp.
Capstone Therapeutics Corp. is a biotechnology company committed to developing a pipeline of novel peptides and other molecules aimed at helping patients with under-served medical conditions. Previously, we were focused on the development and commercialization of two product platforms: AZX100 and Chrysalin (TP508). We no longer have any interest in or rights to Chrysalin. On August 3, 2012, we entered into a joint venture, LipimetiX Development, LLC, (the “JV”) to develop Apo E mimetic peptide molecule AEM-28 and its analogs.
In 2012 we wound down internal operations, ceased clinical development of AZX100 in dermal scarring, formerly our principal drug candidate, and moved to a more virtual operating model. Certain manufacturing and regulatory activities related to AZX100 that are required either from a statutory perspective or for reporting purposes, will continue. We are also performing limited pre-clinical studies with AZX100 in fibrosis. We are currently seeking development partnering or licensing opportunities for AZX100 in dermal scarring, pulmonary fibrosis and peridural fibrosis.
The JV has a development plan to pursue regulatory approval of AEM-28 as treatment for Severe Refractory Hypercholesterolemia and Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia (granted Orphan Drug Designation by FDA in 2012). The initial development plan will extend through Phase 1a and 1b/2a clinical trials and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014. The clinical trials will have a safety primary endpoint and an efficacy endpoint targeting reduction of LDL and non-HDL cholesterol.
Regulatory filings were made by the JV in both Canada and Australia seeking allowance to commence the proposed clinical trials. The proposed clinical trials for AEM-28 are randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies to evaluate the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of single ascending doses (Phase 1a in healthy patients with elevated cholesterol) and multiple ascending doses (Phase 1b/2a in patients with Refractory Hypercholesterolemia). The Phase 1a clinical trial will consist of 36 patients and the Phase 1b/2a is expected to consist of 15 patients. The JV received allowance from regulatory authorities in Australia permitting the JV to proceed with the planned clinical trials. The Phase 1a clinical trial commenced in Australia in April 2014. The JV will continue to work with Canadian regulatory authorities, and may, conditions permitting, conduct future clinical trials in Canada, the USA and other regulatory jurisdictions. The JV may also fund research or studies to investigate Apo E mimetic molecules, including AEM-28 and analogs, for treatment of acute coronary syndrome. See www.LipimetiX.com
The Company intends to limit its internal operations to a virtual operating model while continuing our development partnering efforts for AZX100, investigating pre-clinical, clinical or other strategic options for AZX100, monitoring and participating in the management of LipimetiX Development LLC’s AEM-28 and analogs development activities, and maintaining the required level of corporate governance and reporting required to comply with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and regulations.
Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this blog post or otherwise attributable to Capstone regarding our business that are not historical facts are forward looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from predicted results. These risks include the factors discussed in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, and other documents we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.