RNAi-based therapeutics company Benitec Biopharma has dosed the first patient in its “first in man,” phase I/IIa clinical trial for TT-034, a ddRNAi-based therapeutic, designed to treat and potentially cure hepatitis C (HCV) with a single injection.
Peter French, Benitec Biopharma's CEO and managing director, said, "The trial is the first time Benitec's gene silencing technology, ddRNAi, has been used systemically in patients.
“The primary objective of this first trial is to demonstrate that TT-034 can be used safely in patients with HCV. Preclinical work in non-human primates demonstrated very low toxicity results at therapeutically relevant doses, and we're hopeful that we will see the same favorable tolerability in humans. In addition, we will be able to assess the impact of TT-034 treatment on HCV viral load in these patients, and this important efficacy marker constitutes one of the secondary endpoints of this study."
The TT-034 phase I/IIa clinical trial is an open label, dose escalation study in a total of 14 patients chronically infected with HCV genotype 1. Initial patient cohorts will be treated with a sub-therapeutic dose of TT-034 to ensure that there are no unexpected safety concerns, before proceeding to higher, potentially therapeutic doses.