WARRINGTON, Pennsylvania, Feb. 01. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. (NasdaqCM: WINT), a biotechnology company focused on advancing several late-stage interventions for acute cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders, announced today that it has completed enrollment in its Phase 2 study of lucinactant (surfactant KL4) for patients with COVID-19-associated lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Data is expected in the first quarter of 2022.
The Phase 2 trial is a 20-patient, single-treatment, multicenter study designed to assess the safety and tolerability of lucinactant administered in liquid form via the endotracheal tube in mechanically ventilated patients following associated acute lung injury. to COVID-19. Functional changes in gas exchange and lung compliance are also measured.
“COVID-19 infection can cause severe lung damage leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) where surfactant destruction and abnormalities may be a contributing factor. This first pilot study aims to determine if we can safely administer lucinactant as a replacement for surfactant in these critically ill patients and to learn more about the potential dosage and respiratory benefits,” said Steve Simonson, MD, Medical Director of Windtree Therapeutics. “We are delighted to have completed recruitment and look forward to data from this trial during this first quarter of 2022.”
Lucinactant is a synthetic surfactant that is structurally similar to human lung surfactant and contains a proprietary synthetic peptide KL4 (sinapultide), a 21 amino acid peptide designed to mimic essential attributes of human surfactant protein B (SP-B). SP-B is one of the four known surfactant proteins and is the most important for the proper functioning of the respiratory system. Surfactant is a natural lubricant produced by specialized cells in the lungs called type 2 alveolar cells and is essential for proper lung function. Surfactant helps prevent the lungs from collapsing when exhaling and also improves the transfer of oxygen to the blood. Windtree’s lucinactant can be delivered either through an endotracheal tube or a patented aerosol delivery system. It has the potential to alleviate surfactant deficiency and inactivation that can occur as a result of infectious diseases that affect the lungs, such as COVID-19. Preclinical data has demonstrated that lucinactant may possess other beneficial properties, including modulation of the inflammatory process, antimicrobial properties, and lack of immunogenicity.
About Windtree Therapeutics
Windtree Therapeutics, Inc. is advancing several late-stage interventions for acute cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders to treat patients in crisis. Using novel scientific and clinical approaches, Windtree is developing a multi-asset franchise anchored around compounds capable of activating SERCA2a, with the lead candidate, istaroxime, being developed as a first-in-class treatment for acute heart failure and early cardiogenic shock. Windtree’s heart failure platform also includes follow-on oral preclinical SERCA2a activator assets. In pulmonary care, Windtree focused on facilitating clinical development transfer of AEROSURF®, to its licensee in Asia, Lee’s HK. Windtree is also evaluating surfactant KL4 for the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome in COVID-19 patients. Windtree’s portfolio includes rostafuroxin, a new precision drug targeting hypertensive patients with certain genetic profiles.
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