Cold Challenge With C21 in RP


Vicore Pharma

Status and phase

Phase 2


Systemic Sclerosis
Raynaud Phenomenon


Drug: Placebo
Drug: C21

Study type


Funder types



2019-003203-35 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


This is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over phase 2 trial investigating the effect of C21 on cold-induced vasoconstriction in subjects with Raynaud's phenomenon secondary to systemic sclerosis. The purpose of the trial is to achieve a vasodilatory effect in subjects with Raynaud's phenomenon by stimulation of the AT2R (angiotensin II type 2 receptor) with C21.


20 patients




19 to 75 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  1. Written informed consent must be obtained before any trial related procedures are performed.
  2. Subjects diagnosed with SSc according to European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)/American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria
  3. Age 19-75 years inclusive
  4. RP secondary to SSc as determined by the investigator, and with a typical frequency of attacks during the winter months (November-March) of on average at least 5 per week.

Exclusion criteria

  1. Smoking (including E-cigarettes) or use of nicotine replacement therapy for three months prior to Visit 1 and during the trial.

  2. BMI >30

  3. Mixed connective tissue disease or "overlap" (i.e. those who satisfy more than one set of ACR criteria for a rheumatic disease).

  4. Concurrent serious medical condition with special attention to cardiac or ophthalmic conditions which in the opinion of the investigator makes the patient inappropriate for this study

  5. Malignancy within the past 5 years with the exception of in situ removal of basal cell carcinoma and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade I

  6. Planned major surgery within the duration of the study

  7. Subjects who forsake any alcohol intake or have known uncontrolled allergic conditions or allergy/hypersensitivity to any components of the trial drug or placebo excipients (see Section 7.1)

  8. Blood donation (or corresponding blood loss) within three months prior to Visit 1

  9. Treatment with any of the medications listed below within 4 weeks prior to Visit 1:

    • Any dose-change or initiation of vasoactive substances

      , and not able or willing to withhold these medications for 3 days preceding Visit 2 and Visit 3, respectively

    • Iloprost

    • Any treatment with CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. rifampicin, phenytoin, St John's Wort)

    • Any treatment with CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. clarithromycin, ketoconazole, nefazodone, itraconazole, ritonavir)

    • Any treatment with medicines that are substrates of CYP1A2, CYP3A4 or CYP2C9 with a narrow therapeutic range

    • Any experimental drug

    • Any systemic immunosuppressive therapy other than:

      • Inhaled corticosteroids which can be used throughout the trial period
      • The continuation of stable doses of <10 mg prednisolone
      • Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) which must be withheld for 3 days preceding Visit 2 and Visit 3
  10. Any of the following findings at the time of screening:

    • Finger temperature below 27°C after acclimatising at an ambient temperature of 23°C for a period of 20 minutes
    • Prolonged QTcF (>450 ms), cardiac arrhythmias or any clinically significant abnormalities in the resting ECG, as judged by the Investigator
    • Positive results for HBsAg, HCVAb or HIV 1+2 Ag/Ab
    • Positive serum pregnancy test (minimum sensitivity 25 IU/L or equivalent units of HCG)
    • Clinically significant abnormal laboratory value at Visit 1 indicating a potential risk for the subject if enrolled in the trial as evaluated by the Investigator
  11. Pregnant or breast-feeding female subjects.

  12. Female subjects of childbearing potential not willing to use contraceptive methods described in Section 5.3.1.

  13. Male subjects not willing to use contraceptive methods described in Section 5.3.1.

  14. Participation in any other interventional trial during the trial period

  15. Subjects known or suspected of not being able to comply with this trial protocol (e.g. due to alcoholism, drug dependency or psychological disorder)

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Crossover Assignment


Triple Blind

20 participants in 2 patient groups

C21 followed by placebo
Experimental group
Drug: C21
Drug: Placebo
Placebo followed by C21
Experimental group
Drug: C21
Drug: Placebo

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