PolyPid Announces Enrollment of the 100th Patient in the Ongoing SHIELD II Phase 3 Trial


Approximately 40 Centers Currently Open

Unblinded Interim Analysis to be Conducted Once Approximately 400 Patients Complete Their 30-Day Follow-up; Top-line Results Expected in Second Half of 2024

Recent Successful $16 Million Financing Extends Company’s Cash Runway Through Late Q3 2024 and Beyond Expected Timing of Unblinded Interim Analysis; Potential Additional $19 Million if Warrants are Exercised to Fund PolyPid to the Start of a Planned New Drug Application Submission for D-PLEX100 


PETACH TIKVA, Israel, Feb. 12, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD) (“PolyPid” or the “Company”), a late-stage biopharma company aiming to improve surgical outcomes, today announced that it has enrolled and randomized the 100th patient in its ongoing SHIELD II Phase 3 trial for D-PLEX100 for the prevention of surgical site infections in patients undergoing abdominal colorectal surgery with large incisions. There are currently approximately 40 centers open.

The Company intends to conduct an unblinded interim analysis once a total of approximately 400 patients complete their 30-day follow-up, which is expected to occur in mid-2024.

“As anticipated, since last November, we have doubled the number of open centers, and enrollment into SHIELD II has recently begun to ramp-up,” said Dikla Czaczkes Akselbrad, PolyPid’s Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to expect top-line results from SHIELD II in the second half of 2024.”

PolyPid recently closed a private placement financing (the “PIPE”) for $16 million of gross proceeds. The PIPE syndicate was comprised of new and existing investors, including participation from new U.S. life sciences-focused investors, DAFNA Capital Management and Rosalind Advisors. Moreover, the Company has the potential to secure an additional $19 million if the results of the unblinded interim analysis are positive and all warrants issued in the recent financing are exercised, which would fund PolyPid to the start of a planned New Drug Application (“NDA”) submission for D-PLEX100.


SHIELD II (Surgical site Hospital acquired Infection prEvention with Local D-PLEX) is a prospective, multinational, randomized, double blind Phase 3 trial designed to assess the efficacy and safety of D-PLEX100 administered concomitantly with standard of care (“SoC”), which includes prophylactic systemic antibiotics, compared to SoC alone arm, in the prevention of post abdominal-surgery incisional infection in patients undergoing abdominal colorectal surgeries with large incisions. The primary endpoint of the trial is measured by the proportion of subjects with either a surgical site infection (“SSI”) event as determined by a blinded and independent adjudication committee, reintervention, or mortality for any reason within 30 days post-surgery. Patient safety will be monitored for an additional 30 days. The trial will enroll patients in centers in the United States, Europe and Israel.

About D-PLEX100

D-PLEX100, PolyPid’s lead product candidate, is designed to provide local prolonged and controlled anti-bacterial activity directly at the surgical site to prevent SSIs. Following the administration of D-PLEX100 into the surgical site, the PLEX (Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation matriX) technology pairs with Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, enabling a prolonged and continuous release of the broad-spectrum antibiotic doxycycline, resulting in a high local concentration of the drug for a period of 30 days for the prevention of SSIs, with additional potential to prevent SSIs caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria at the surgical site. D-PLEX100 received Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of SSIs in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery. D-PLEX100  is currently in Phase 3 SHIELD II trial for the prevention of surgical site infections in patients undergoing open abdominal colorectal surgery with large incisions.

About PolyPid

PolyPid Ltd. (Nasdaq: PYPD) is a late-stage biopharma company aiming to improve surgical outcomes. Through locally administered, controlled, prolonged-release therapeutics, PolyPid’s proprietary PLEX (Polymer-Lipid Encapsulation matriX) technology pairs with Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), enabling precise delivery of drugs at optimal release rates over durations ranging from several days to months. PolyPid’s lead product candidate D-PLEX100 is in Phase 3 clinical trial for the prevention of abdominal colorectal surgical site infections. In addition, the Company is currently in preclinical stages to test the efficacy of OncoPLEX for the treatment of solid tumors, beginning with glioblastoma.

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Forward-looking Statements

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PolyPid Ltd. 
Ori Warshavsky
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Brian Ritchie
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