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  1. darude

    darude New Member

    Revimmune for All Autoimmune Diseases
    28 Feb 2007
    Revimmune uses an approved drug in a new patent-pending method to eliminate autoimmunity: In clinical studies for the lead indication of multiple sclerosis (MS), Revimmune improves function in most patients and stops progression in over 90% of cases refractory to standard therapies; Licensed technology applicable to 80 autoimmune diseases: long-term follow-up in severe, refractory, life-threatening autoimmune aplastic anemia demonstrates 70% of patients maintain complete remissions

    (NASDAQ: ABPI) has acquired the exclusive worldwide rights for Revimmune(TM), a patent-pending pharmaceutical treatment in late-stage development for a variety of autoimmune diseases. The in-license advances the Company's strategy of acquiring late stage drug candidates that can benefit from the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway. Revimmune uses an ultra-high intensity, short-course of an intravenous formulation of an approved drug (cyclophosphamide), in a new patent-pending method to "reboot" a patient's immune system, thereby eliminating the autoimmunity, whereas current therapies including oral cyclophosphamide are used chronically to try to suppress the inflammation of autoimmunity. Based on long-term follow-up showing complete remissions, there is substantial evidence that Revimmune has the potential to cure cases of severe refractory autoimmune diseases such as aplastic anemia and myasthenia gravis. Accentia's lead indication for Revimmune is multiple sclerosis (MS).

    The Principal Investigator for the ongoing MS study with Revimmune at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is Dr. Douglas Kerr, Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. Kerr stated: "Based on follow-up of up to 2 years, most people have a substantial improvement and many have a complete elimination of disease activity." The co-Principal Investigators on this study are Dr. Daniel Drachman and Dr. Robert Brodsky.

    The Revimmune license covers all of the estimated 80 autoimmune diseases that are currently recognized. These include multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, juvenile diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, myasthenia gravis, and scleroderma. To date, over 175 patients, mostly those with severe refractory autoimmune diseases, have been treated with Revimmune. The Company believes that Revimmune is a "platform" technology that can be used in any autoimmune disease.

    Revimmune can be administered as an inpatient or outpatient infusion for 4 hours per day for 4 consecutive days. Patients can recover at home while their immune system reconstitutes itself over a 2 to 3 week period. Revimmune includes a risk management program to enhance patient safety by ensuring appropriate patient selection, supportive care, and tracking of outcomes data.

    Developed by Dr. Richard Jones, Dr. Robert Brodsky, and colleagues at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Revimmune works by temporarily eliminating peripheral immune cells, including the immune cells causing the autoimmunity, while selectively sparing the stem cells in the bone marrow. Investigators at Hopkins discovered that stem cells uniquely have high levels of a particular protective enzyme that can be measured in advance of therapy, which makes them impervious to Revimmune, and allows the surviving stem cells to give rise to the new immune system over 2 to 3 weeks. The newly reconstituted peripheral immune system typically lacks the misdirected immunity to self-antigens, which is characteristic of autoimmune diseases.

    "Revimmune complements our strategy of developing late-stage, "disruptive" clinical products based on already approved active pharmaceutical ingredients. This product strategy is the basis of our lead product, SinuNase(TM), in which the active pharmaceutical ingredient is the approved antifungal, amphotericin B, and which we were able to advance directly into a Fast Tracked Phase 3 clinical trial for chronic sinusitis," said Dr. Frank E. O'Donnell, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accentia Biopharmaceuticals. "Revimmune offers the hope of sustained remissions and cures for autoimmune diseases such as MS, thereby eliminating, or reducing dependence on chronic immunosuppressive therapies, which we believe are more toxic, carcinogenic, inadequate, inconvenient, and very expensive, especially in the case of monoclonal antibodies. Revimmune's use would also obviate the risk and expense of allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplantation to treat severe cases of autoimmune diseases. After consultation with the FDA, Accentia is preparing an IND for severe refractory multiple sclerosis and is proposing to enter Phase 3 clinical trials to support licensure under the 505(b)(2) regulatory pathway, which is an abbreviated regulatory process available when dealing with approved active pharmaceutical ingredients. The IND incorporates a novel risk management program to ensure appropriate patient selection, supportive care, and tracking of outcomes, which we believe will be critical to reimbursement coverage and malpractice protection for healthcare providers."

    The technology is being licensed from Revimmune, LLC, a Hopkins Capital Group II LLC (HCG II) portfolio company, which holds the exclusive license for the technology from the Johns Hopkins University. HCG II had been exploring a license to the technology since 2003. Dr. Frank E. O'Donnell Jr. is a managing partner of HCG II. More details of the license can be found in the Company's 8-K filing. HCG II is not affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University.


    Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine by Dr. Jones, Dr. Brodsky, and colleagues have demonstrated the potential benefits of Revimmune in a variety of autoimmune diseases.

    According to information from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (, there are approximately 400,000 people in the US with Multiple Sclerosis. For the clinical course, 85% of patients are in the category of relapsing-remitting. Based upon a paper by D. Hirtz et al.(1), "How common are the 'common' neurologic disorders?," the annual incidence of Multiple Sclerosis in the U.S. was approximately 4.2 new cases per 100,000 population in 2005.

    Multiple Sclerosis:

    Revimmune treatment of 20 Multiple Sclerosis patients has resulted in the following successful outcomes in 2 published studies from C. Krishnan, D. Kerr et al.(2) and D. Gladstone et al.(3):

    * All patients have had a reduction or elimination of new and enhancing lesions on the MRI

    * No patient has had a clinical exacerbation following treatment and most patients have had a reduction in EDSS and an improvement in the MSFC following treatment

    * During follow-up, no patients increased their baseline EDSS scores by more than 1.0

    * No patient had a new lesion on brain magnetic resonance imaging; no patient showed any enhancing lesions

    Systemic Lupus:

    Investigators have treated 40 severe systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients in clinical studies with Revimmune. A significant improvement in the SLE diseases activity index was observed. There were 5 durable complete responses. Among severe, refractory cases, approximately 80% of patients treated had a complete or partial response when treated.

    Myasthenia Gravis:

    Using Revimmune, investigators have treated 11 patients with myasthenia gravis refractory to conventional immunosuppressive therapy. Nine of the subjects in the study markedly improved, and have returned to full activity.

    Aplastic Anemia:

    Acquired severe aplastic anemia (SAA) is a severe, life-threatening autoimmune disease wherein a patients' immune system mistakenly attacks their own stem cells in their bone marrow. Most SAA patients will die within a year of diagnosis. Investigators have treated 75 SAA patients with Revimmune and the majority of patients have achieved a complete remission without the need of other immunosuppressive agents.

    Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia:

    Investigators have treated 10 patients with refractory autoimmune hemolytic anemia. After Revimmune treatment, all patients responded and became transfusion independent. There were 6 patients that achieved complete remission and 3 patients that achieved partial remission. There were no relapses at a median follow-up of 15 months and 7 of the 9 patients were able to discontinue steroids.

    Experience with other autoimmune diseases:

    Investigators have reported favorable case experience with refractory scleroderma, acquired pemphigus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's Disease.

  2. darude

    darude New Member

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  4. DorothyVivian

    DorothyVivian New Member

    Thanks for giving us a chance to see this!
    Love, Dorothy
  5. darude

    darude New Member

    Hope on market sooooooooooooooooooooon!
  6. Kal-El

    Kal-El New Member

    Wow, this is truly a wonder drug for the ages! I can't believe we haven't heard about this until now. If it does what they believe it can, I wonder what implications this could have for CFS? A trial is definitely in order to at least see what it can do. At the very least, it could eliminate all the troublesome allergies we developed.
  7. maxwedge

    maxwedge New Member

    First off, the above press release is a business release and not a medical release. The actual drug involved in Revimmune is called cyclophosphamide and has been around for about 40 years and is basically used in killing cancer cells (chemotherapy) and to depress the immune system in bone marrow transplants. It is a heavy duty drug and used during the end stages of diseases. The studies that I reviewed are weak at best as they had no control groups.

    That being said, the treatment does appear to put some autoimmune diseases in complete and long term remission so there is a very promising aspect to this drug once, and if, the risk of treatment can be reduced. Definitley something to keep on eye on but in my humble opinion don't look for this to be of help anytime soon. Too much work to be done on the process.

    Best wishes,
  8. Kal-El

    Kal-El New Member

    Thank you for stating the obvious Max...haha. Just kidding.
  9. maxwedge

    maxwedge New Member

    I just didn't want you to get too excited about something that may not pan out. It sounded like you were ready to go out and bye the stuff. :)
  10. Kal-El

    Kal-El New Member

    I am enthusiastic about this medication, but like I stated, they should run trials of this medication on CFS to see what happens. Even though this is a financial report, the data is accurate. A large majority of autoimmune illness sufferers experienced at least some improvement from this short term treatment and that is a major breakthrough any way you look at it. I'm hopeful that this could be a definitive answer from some and very helpful for others.
  11. darude

    darude New Member

    Anything that gives us HOPE!!!!!!!! Too many want to just tell us that this is it and we are doomed!!!!!!! Let's try and be positive (difficult I know)!

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