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Chondrial Therapeutics Announces Dosing of First Patients in Phase 1 Clinical Program of CTI-1601 for Treatment of Friedreich’s Ataxia

CTI-1601 granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation and Fast Track Designation by U.S. FDA

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Dec. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chondrial Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for rare diseases, with an initial focus on Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), today announced that the first patients have been dosed in a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of single ascending doses of CTI-1601. CTI-1601 is a recombinant fusion protein intended to deliver human frataxin to patients with FA, who have decreased levels of frataxin.

"CTI-1601 is designed to address the root cause of Friedreich’s ataxia – low levels of frataxin. The initiation of our Phase 1 clinical program was supported by positive preclinical data and is an important step forward for patients affected by FA, a devastating and progressive disease for which there is no cure," said Carole Ben-Maimon, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chondrial Therapeutics. "We separately announced today a merger that will provide us with significant resources to advance our development of CTI-1601 and expand our efforts in other rare diseases that may benefit from a cell-penetrating peptide approach."

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Exicure Announces First Neurological Development Program in Friedreich’s Ataxia and Expands Scientific Advisory Board

- Exicure to collaborate with Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)

- Hank Paulson, MD, PhD and Susan Perlman, MD, added to Scientific Advisory Board


CHICAGO & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2019-- Exicure, Inc. (NASDAQ:XCUR), the pioneer in gene regulatory and immunotherapeutic drugs utilizing spherical nucleic acid (SNA™) technology, today announced Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) as the therapeutic indication for the company’s first neurology development program. Exicure also announced the expansion of its Scientific Advisory Board.

"Over the past year Exicure has developed extensive preclinical data supporting the development of our SNAs for neurological disorders. We’re eager to evaluate our technology for this important unmet medical need," said David Giljohann, PhD, Exicure’s chief executive officer. "We are also pleased to add the experience and team from the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)," added Dr. Giljohann.


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Reata Announces Positive Topline Results from the MOXIe Registrational Trial of Omaveloxolone in Patients with Friedreich’s Ataxia

ACHIEVED PRIMARY ENDPOINT OF STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN MFARS COMPARED TO PLACEBO AFTER 48 WEEKS OF TREATMENT

CONFERENCE CALL WITH MANAGEMENT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 15, 2019, AT 8:00 AM ET

IRVING, Texas, Oct. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: RETA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced today that the registrational Part 2 portion of the MOXIe Phase 2 trial of omaveloxolone in patients with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) met its primary endpoint of change in the modified Friedreich’s Ataxia Rating Scale (mFARS) relative to placebo after 48 weeks of treatment. Patients treated with omaveloxolone (150 mg/day) demonstrated a statistically significant, placebo-corrected 2.40 point improvement in mFARS after 48 weeks of treatment (p=0.014). Omaveloxolone treatment was generally reported to be well-tolerated. Based on these positive results, and subject to discussions with regulatory authorities, the company plans to proceed with the submission of regulatory filings for marketing approval in the United States and internationally.

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Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the novel Nrf2 activator omaveloxolone in primates

Omaveloxolone is a potential therapy thatactivates Nrf2, a master transcription factor that regulates genes with antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and mitochondrial bioenergetic properties, and is being evaluated in patients with Friedreich's ataxia. This study evaluated the pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD) and tissue distribution of omaveloxolone in monkeys after single and multiple oral doses, and then compared these data to initial results in Friedreich's ataxia patients. A PK/PD model was generated with the monkey data, and used to further evaluate the Friedreich's ataxia patient PK profile. The authors found that oral administration of omaveloxolone to monkeys was associated with dose-linear plasma PK and readily measurable and dose-proportional concentrations in liver, lung, and brain. Dose-dependent induction of Nrf2 target genes was also observed. Clinically, oral administration of omaveloxolone to Friedreich's ataxia patients at incremental doses from 2.5 to 300 mg produced dose-proportional systemic exposures. Clinical doses of at least 80 mg were associated with meaningful improvements in neurological function in patients and generated plasma omaveloxolone concentrations consistent with those significantly inducing Nrf2 target genes in monkeys, as shown with the monkey PK/PD model. Overall, the monkey data demonstrate a well-characterized and dose-proportional PK and tissue distribution profile after oral administration of omaveloxolone, which was associated with Nrf2 activation. Further, systemic exposures to omaveloxolone that produce Nrf2 activation in monkeys were readily achievable in Friedreich's ataxia patients after oral administration.

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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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