A Safety and Dose Finding Study of Plasmin (Human) Administered Into the Middle Cerebral Artery of Stroke Patients


This study tests the drug, Plasmin (Human), in patients with a stroke due to a clot in the middle cerebral artery (MCA). Plasmin is an enzyme that causes clot lysis by cleaving a clot component, fibrin. In this study, Plasmin (Human) is administered locally through a catheter to the clot within 9 hours of the stroke onset. Three doses of Plasmin (Human) (20 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg) are being tested in 3 different groups of patients. Patients are monitored by imaging of the affected artery and functional testing.

Full Title of Study: “A Phase 1/2a, Open Label, Dose Escalation, Safety Study of Intra-thrombus Plasmin (Human) Administration in Acute, Middle Cerebral Artery, Ischemic Stroke”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Non-Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: November 2013

Detailed Description

This is a Phase 1/2a, open-label, multi-center, sequential dose escalation, safety study of Plasmin (Human) in acute ischemic stroke caused by middle cerebral artery occlusion documented by arteriography. Plasmin (Human) will be administered through a catheter into the thrombus within 9 hours of stroke onset. Approximately sixty-one (61) patients will be enrolled and will receive Plasmin (Human). The objectives of this study are to determine the safety of escalating doses of Plasmin (Human) and to determine the proportion of patients with treatment success, defined as partial or full recanalization.


  • Biological: Plasmin (Human)
    • Plasmin (Human), 20 mg, delivered through a catheter into a thrombus
  • Biological: Plasmin (Human)
    • Plasmin (Human), 40 mg, delivered through a catheter into a thrombus
  • Biological: Plasmin (Human)
    • Plasmin (Human), 80 mg, delivered through a catheter into a thrombus

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: 20 mg Plasmin (Human)
    • 20 mg of Plasmin (Human)
  • Experimental: 40 mg Plasmin (Human)
    • 40 mg of Plasmin (Human)
  • Experimental: 80 mg Plasmin (Human)
    • 80 mg of Plasmin (Human)

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Incidence of Symptomatic Intracranial Hemorrhage (SICH) by Dose Cohort
    • Time Frame: 90 days

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

1. 18 to 85 years of age

2. Male or female

3. New focal, potentially disabling neurologic deficit clinically localized to the MCA distribution

4. Intra-arterial therapy with Plasmin completed within 9 hours of stroke onset

5. A National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score ≥ 4 and ≤ 25

Exclusion Criteria

1. Intracranial procedures or intracranial or systemic bleeding within the last year

2. Intracranial neoplasm (except meningioma), septic embolism, or unsecured aneurysm

3. Active bleeding

4. History of stroke in previous 6 weeks

5. Uncontrolled hypertension

6. Renal disease or renal dialysis

7. Treatment with any plasminogen activator within the last 48 hrs.

8. Therapy with a Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor in 5 days prior to study enrollment or at any time during study

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: 85 Years

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Grifols Therapeutics LLC
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Jeffrey Saver, MD, Study Director, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Peter Mitchell, MD, Study Director, Melbourne Health

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