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Coronado Biosciences Announces Independent Data Monitoring Committee Recommendation to Continue Falk Phase 2 Trial of TSO in Crohn's Disease

No Safety Issues Noted

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BURLINGTON, Mass., April 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coronado Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNDO), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel immunotherapy agents for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer, today announced that it received from Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH (Falk), its development partner, a recommendation from the independent data monitoring committee that conducted an interim analysis (blinded to Falk) of clinical data from the initial 120 patients to continue Falk's Phase 2 clinical trial in Europe evaluating Trichuris suis ova (TSO) in Crohn's disease. The committee noted no safety concerns and a positive efficacy trend in its recommendation that the study continue.

Falk has advised they are adopting the committee's recommendations to increase the sample size and to conduct a subsequent interim analysis at the time the trial reaches approximately 250 patients.

"We are pleased that the committee recommended continuation of the Falk study and noted a positive efficacy trend and no safety concerns associated with TSO," said Dr. Bobby W. Sandage, Jr., Coronado's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We support and concur with Falk's decisions and look forward to the further results of their trial. We currently expect the additional analysis to occur in mid-2013. In the meantime, pending final discussions with the FDA, we are on track to commence our Phase 2 clinical trial in the United States this quarter, evaluating two doses of TSO versus placebo in approximately 200 patients with Crohn's disease."

The Falk trial, entitled Double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, multi-centre phase II study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of three different dosages of oral Trichuris suis ova (TSO) suspension in active Crohn's disease, is being conducted in Europe and was initially expected to enroll approximately 212 patients and to evaluate three different dosages of TSO versus placebo. The interim analysis aimed to verify the assumptions of the sample size calculation or to recalculate sample size based on the effect size estimations of the interim analysis, as well as evaluating whether to discontinue one or two of the active treatment arms. For more information, please visit

About TSO

TSO, the microscopic eggs of the porcine whipworm, is a novel, orally administered, natural immunomodulator that regulates T-Cells and pro-inflammatory cytokines. The use of TSO as a therapeutic is based on the "hygiene hypothesis" and numerous animal and human studies. TSO was chosen as the biological agent of choice because it is not a human pathogen and is spontaneously eliminated from the body within several weeks after dosing.

The Company recently reported positive results from a Phase 1 clinical study of TSO in patients with Crohn's disease, where TSO was shown to be safe and well tolerated. The Phase 1 trial was a multi-center, sequential dose, dose-escalation, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 36 patients with Crohn's disease.

Multiple investigator-sponsored clinical trials of TSO for the treatment of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis have been completed in which TSO demonstrated benefit with regard to accepted outcome measurements of remission of disease and was shown to be well tolerated. In an open-label clinical trial with 29 patients reported in GUT in January 2005, TSO was shown to induce clinical remission in over 72% of patients with Crohn's disease after 24 weeks of treatment using the Crohn's Disease Activity Index as the primary outcome variable. As reported in the American Journal of Gastroenterology in April 2005, in a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial in 54 patients with ulcerative colitis, TSO was shown to produce statistically significantly more responders than those treated with placebo (43.3% vs. 16.7%, p=.04).

About Coronado Biosciences

Coronado Biosciences is engaged in the development of novel immunotherapy biologic agents. The Company's two principal pharmaceutical product candidates in clinical development are: TSO (Trichuris suis ova or CNDO-201), a biologic for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis; and CNDO-109, a biologic that activates natural killer (NK) cells, for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and solid tumors. For more information, please visit

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