Phase 2 study of VIA-2291 for acute coronary syndrome

VIA Pharmaceuticals announced that it has completed enrollment in a Phase 2 trial of its lead drug, VIA-2291 in patients who have experienced an acute coronary syndrome event such as a heart attack or unstable angina. The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study examines the impact of VIA-2291 on plaque inflammation as measured by Positron Emission Tomography with fluorodeoxyglucose tracer (FDG-PET), as well as other standard biomarkers of inflammation, over 24 weeks following such an acute event. A total of 52 patients have been enrolled in the study, which is expected to report data in the second half of 2009.

VIA-2291 is selective and reversible inhibitor of 5 lipoxygenase, a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes, which are important mediators of inflammation believed to be involved in the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

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