SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Evofem Biosciences, Inc., (NASDAQ: EVFM) ("Evofem" or the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative products to address unmet needs in women's sexual and reproductive health, today announced it will host a key opinion leader event in New York City on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:00pm ET: "New Perspectives in Birth Control -- Non-Hormonal, On Demand and Woman Controlled."
The event will feature presentations from Bassem Maximos, MD, MPH, FACOG, chairman of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director at Bay Area Regional Medical Center, and Patricia Cason, MS, FNP-BC, Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing.
Bassem Maximos is a practicing OB/GYN and Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is an investigator in AMP002, an ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating Amphora (L-lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate) vaginal gel for the prevention of pregnancy. He is also an investigator in the Phase 2b AMPREVENCE trial, which is evaluating this Multipurpose Vaginal pH Regulator (MVP-R) for prevention of chlamydia and gonorrhea in women. Dr. Maximos will provide his thoughts on Amphora for birth control and offer insight on both the physician and patient response to Amphora.
Patricia Cason is a nurse practitioner, published author, and renowned women's reproductive health thought leader. Ms. Cason has practiced for 35 years in a wide variety of clinical settings and is an Assistant Clinical Professor and guest lecturer at the UCLA School of Nursing. As an editor and author of Contraceptive Technology she just completed writing chapters on "Sexuality and Contraception" and "Patient-centered reproductive goals and contraceptive counseling" for the upcoming 21st edition of Contraceptive Technology. Ms. Cason will provide insight on the current landscape of birth control methods and the significant unmet need.
Additionally, Kelly Culwell, MD, Evofem's Chief Medical Officer, a practicing OB/GYN with over 18 years specializing in women's health and contraceptive research, and a former investigator in AMP001, the first Phase 3 clinical trial of Amphora for contraception, will provide an overview on scientific principles underlying this MVP-R and the Company's clinical development program for Amphora.
Evofem expects to report top-line data by year-end 2018 from this second Phase 3 clinical trial of Amphora for the prevention of pregnancy. Assuming positive results from AMP002, Evofem plans to re-submit the Amphora New Drug Application (NDA) in the second quarter of 2019.
Institutional investors and sell-side analysts may register to attend the event in person by sending an email to email@example.com. A live webcast of the presentations will be available at www.evofem.com in the "Investors" section under "Events and Presentations".
About Evofem Biosciences
Evofem Biosciences, Inc., (NASDAQ: EVFM) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative products to address unmet needs in women's sexual and reproductive health. Evofem is developing proprietary Multipurpose Vaginal pH Regulator (MVP-R) product candidates for potential indications including contraception, the prevention of urogenital transmission of chlamydia and gonorrhea in women, and recurrent bacterial vaginosis. For more information regarding Evofem, please visit www.evofem.com.
Amphora® (L-lactic acid, citric acid, and potassium bitartrate) is an investigational non-hormonal MVP-R gel designed to regulate vaginal pH within the normal range of 3.5 to 4.5 even in the presence of semen. This maintains an acidic environment which is inhospitable to sperm as well as certain viral and bacterial pathogens associated with sexually transmitted infections, but is integral to the survival of healthy bacteria in the vagina.
Top-line data are expected by year-end 2018 from Evofem's single-arm, open-label Phase 3 clinical trial (AMP002) evaluating Amphora for the prevention of pregnancy. AMP002 enrolled approximately 1,400 women aged 18-35 at risk of pregnancy at 112 centers in the United States; enrollment was complete in February 2018. The primary endpoint of this study is pregnancy prevention over seven cycles of use. Assuming positive results, the Company plans to re-submit the Amphora New Drug Application (NDA) in the second quarter of 2019. If approved by the FDA, Evofem expects to commercialize Amphora in early 2020 as the first and only hormone-free, on-demand, woman-controlled MVP-R birth control.
The Company is actively enrolling a double-blinded placebo-controlled Phase 2b clinical trial (AMPREVENCE) of Amphora to prevent urogenital acquisition of Chlamydia trachomatis (primary endpoint) and Neisseria gonorrhea (secondary endpoint) in women. This study is designed to enroll 844 women at approximately 50 centers in the United States for a four-month interventional period and subsequent one-month follow-up period.
The CDC recently reported that rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have climbed for the fourth consecutive year in the United States. Last year, nearly 2.3 million U.S. cases of these STDs were diagnosed, according to preliminary data, an increase of over 200,000 cases as compared with 2016.1
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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018): STD Preliminary Data Accessed August 2018.
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