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Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Announces Positive Data From Part One of Moxie Trial of Omaveloxolone for Friedreich’s Ataxia

Omaveloxolone Induced Nrf2 and Improved Mitochondrial and Neurological Function

Company Planning to Initiate Part 2 of Trial During the Second Half of 2017

Data Presentation and Conference Call Scheduled for June 2nd

 

IRVING, Texas, June 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:RETA) ("Reata" or "the Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced positive data from Part 1 of the Company's Phase 2 trial (MOXIe) of omaveloxolone for the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia (FA). The trial demonstrated that in FA patients, omaveloxolone induced Nrf2, which is suppressed in FA patients, and this was associated with improvements in mitochondrial and neurological function. Dose-dependent and time-dependent effects on the modified Friedreich's Ataxia Rating Scale (mFARS) were observed at the pharmacodynamically active doses, and the maximum effect on mFARS was observed at the 160 mg dose level. The Company is planning to initiate Part 2 of MOXIe during the second half of 2017.

"We are greatly appreciative of Reata, the clinical investigators, and the study volunteers for conducting and participating in a well-designed and robust dose-escalation study. We find these results to be very exciting, and they are the ideal outcome for an early Phase 2 study. They exceed expectations in terms of safety and by demonstrating dose-dependent and clinically meaningful activity that correlated with biological activity," said Jennifer Farmer, the Executive Director of the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). "FARA and the FA community encourage urgency in advancing this program to Part 2 of the study to allow for further evaluation of efficacy and safety, as there are no approved therapies to slow progression or improve symptoms for individuals living with FA. Every day counts for our patient families."

The complete data will be presented by Dr. David Lynch, Director of the Friedreich's Ataxia Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, during the afternoon of June 2, 2017 at 3:00pm EDT, after completion of the Patient-Focused Drug Development meeting hosted by FARA.

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Applying the Retro-Enantio Approach to Obtain a Peptide Capable of Overcoming the Blood-Brain Barrier

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a formidable physical and enzymatic barrier that tightly controls the passage of molecules from the blood to the brain. In fact, less than 2 % of all potential neurotherapeutics are able to cross it.

Read More: Applying the Retro-Enantio Approach to Obtain a Peptide Capable of Overcoming the Blood-Brain Barrier

Longitudinal Strain in Friedreich Ataxia: A Potential Marker for Early Left Ventricular Dysfunction

BACKGROUND:

Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is a neurodegenerative disorder resulting from deficiency of frataxin, characterized by cardiac hypertrophy associated with heart failure and sudden cardiac death. However, the relationship between remodeling and novel measures of cardiac function such as strain, and the time-dependent changes in these measures are poorly defined.

Read More: Longitudinal Strain in Friedreich Ataxia: A Potential Marker for Early Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Development of Frataxin Gene Expression Measures for the Evaluation of Experimental Treatments in Friedreich's Ataxia

BACKGROUND:

Friedreich ataxia is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder caused by GAA triplet repeat expansions or point mutations in the FXN gene and, ultimately, a deficiency in the levels of functional frataxin protein. Heterozygous carriers of the expansion express approximately 50% of normal frataxin levels yet manifest no clinical symptoms, suggesting that therapeutic approaches that increase frataxin may be effective even if frataxin is raised only to carrier levels. Small molecule HDAC inhibitor compounds increase frataxin mRNA and protein levels, and have beneficial effects in animal models of FRDA.

Read More: Development of Frataxin Gene Expression Measures for the Evaluation of Experimental Treatments in Friedreich's Ataxia

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