Biophytis Announces Promising Full Results From the SARA-INT Phase 2b Trial of Sarconeos (BIO101) in Sarcopenia at the 11th Annual International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) September 29 – October 2, 2021

  • Sarconeos (BIO101) at the highest dose (350 mg bid) showed a clinically meaningful improvement in the 400-Meter Walk Test (400MWT), the primary endpoint of the study, including in sub-populations at higher risk of mobility disability, after 6 months of treatment
  • Sarconeos (BIO101) showed a very good safety profile at the doses of 175 mg bid and of 350 mg bid with no Serious Adverse Events (SAE) related to the product
  • Biophytis is preparing to start a phase 3 program with Sarconeos (BIO101) at the highest dose (350 mg bid) in 2022, targeting similar population and endpoints

PARIS and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Biophytis SA (NasdaqCM: BPTS, Euronext Growth Paris: ALBPS), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of therapeutics that slow the degenerative processes associated with aging and improve functional outcomes for patients suffering from age-related diseases, including severe respiratory failure in patients suffering from COVID-19, today announces the full results from the SARA-INT Phase 2 trial of Sarconeos (BIO101) in Sarcopenia that have been presented at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) on September, 30th. ICFSR is the key international scientific event on Frailty and Sarcopenia and is attended by leading researchers, physicians and Biotech/Pharma in this field.

The results of SARA-INT, with safety and efficacy endpoints including subgroup analysis and secondary endpoints, have been presented by Cendrine Tourette, PhD Biophytis SARA Project Leader and discussed during a dedicated session, moderated by Waly Dioh PhD, Biophytis Chief Operations Officer and Roger A. Fielding, PhD, Principal Investigator of the SARA-INT trial, who heads the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology & Sarcopenia team at Tufts University in Boston.

Stanislas Veillet, CEO of Biophytis said: “Based on the good SARA-INT results, especially the significant effect of Sarconeos (BIO101) on the primary endpoint of the study in PP populations as well as in subpopulations of severe patients, Biophytis can now prepare the phase 3 study through interactions with regulatory agencies. We are committed to progress Sarconeos (BIO101) into phase 3 through partnerships. With the completion of Phase 2 and the preparation of Phase 3, Sarconeos (BIO101) remains the drug candidate with the potential to become the first drug approved for the treatment of Sarcopenia”.

Key highlights presented and discussed during the ICFSR are presented below:

  • The effect of two doses of Sarconeos (BIO101), 175 mg bid and 350 mg bid, have been compared to placebo in the Full Analysis Dataset (FAS) and in the Per-Protocol population (PP, subset of participants that complied to the clinical protocol), as well as in sub-populations of patients.
  • Sarconeos (BIO101) at the highest dose of 350 mg bid showed a clinically meaningful improvement of 0.09 m/s in the FAS population (not significant) and of 0.10 m/s in the PP population (significant, p=0.008) compared to placebo (observed data), for the 400MWT in gait speed after 6 months of treatment. This effect is close to the Minimal Clinically Important Difference (MCID) in sarcopenia (0.1 m/s) known to be associated with a reduction in mobility disability and mortality in elderly.

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  • Sarconeos (BIO101) at 350mg bid showed very promising treatment effect on the 400MWT gait speed in sub-population at higher risk of mobility disability such as slow walkers (0.07 m/s, p = 0.015 in PP population), obese subgroup (0.09 m/s, p= 0.004 in PP population), chair stand sub-score ≤2 of the SPPB (0,09 m/s, p= 0.004 in PP population).

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  • A trend towards a dose-dependent effect, although not significant, was observed, on the following secondary endpoints: Handgrip Strength and 6-Minute Walk Distance (6MWD) test. Further analyses, e.g. on correlations between clinical endpoints and other parameters, biomarkers and actimetry are ongoing and will be communicated later in scientific congresses.
  • Sarconeos (BIO101) showed a very good safety profile after up to 9 months of dosing, with no significant differences between treatment arms and placebo for Adverse Events, Serious Adverse Events, biliary imaging studies, safety laboratory parameters and vital signs including ECG. A tabulated summary of safety data is presented below:

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic and its related restrictions had a significant impact on the conduct of the study, with 55% of total participants not allowed to perform their on-site End of Study visit, despite the extension of their treatment period. This situation had an impact on the power of the study, can largely explain high level of variability observed and the difficulty to reach statistical significance for secondary endpoints, especially in the FAS population.

Based on preliminary discussions with Key Opinion Leaders during the ICFSR conference, Biophytis is now preparing to start a phase 3 program in 2022 with Sarconeos (BIO101) at the highest dose (350 mg bid), targeting a population of sarcopenic patient at high risk of mobility disability similar to SARA-INT population, with similar endpoints, including the 400 MWT gait speed as primary end-point. The proposed program will be discussed with FDA and EMA, including during end-of-phase 2 meetings to be held later this year. Sarconeos (BIO101) has the potential to become the first drug to be approved for the treatment of Sarcopenia.

Biophytis SA is a clinical-stage biotechnology company specialized in the development of therapeutics that are aimed at slowing the degenerative processes associated with aging and improving functional outcomes for patients suffering from age-related diseases, including severe respiratory failure in patients suffering from COVID-19. Sarconeos (BIO101), our leading drug candidate, is a small molecule, administered orally, being developed as a treatment for sarcopenia in a Phase 2 clinical trial in the United States and Europe (SARA-INT). It is also being studied in a clinical two-part Phase 2-3 study (COVA) for the treatment of severe respiratory manifestations of COVID-19 in Europe, Latin America, and the US. A pediatric formulation of Sarconeos (BIO101) is being developed for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The Company is based in Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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