Genaera Corporation Presents Interim Phase 1 Data for ObesityCompound Trodusquemine (MSI-1436) at IBC Conference
Interim Phase 1 Data Confirms Safety and Tolerability
Wednesday August 8, 8:00 am ET
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genaera Corporation (Nasdaq: GENR <http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=genr&d=t> - News <http://finance.yahoo.com/q/h?s=genr> ) today announced interim data from the first Phase 1 clinical study of trodusquemine (MSI-1436) for the treatment of obesity. Anthony DelConte, M.D., Vice President, Clinical Research and Development, presented "Trodusquemine: A Novel Aminosterol for the Treatment of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders," during the IBC 12th Annual World Congress on Drug Discovery & Development of Innovative Therapeutics, August 6-8 in Boston.
The presentation summarized the clinical trial design of the single ascending dose Phase 1 study of MSI-1436 to evaluate safety and pharmacokinetics of the drug in healthy obese volunteers. Dr. DelConte provided interim data from the initial cohorts in the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial which included safety and pharmacokinetic (PK) data from 20 treated subjects and eight vehicle controls in four sequential dose groups. According to Dr. DelConte, PK profiles from the study thus far show a predictable pattern with minimal subject-to-subject variability and linearity across the range of doses studied. To date, no serious adverse events have been reported. It was emphasized that further study is needed to establish dose limiting toxicity and proof-of-concept in humans.
"These initial findings validate the preclinical safety and PK work done by Genaera scientists. We are encouraged by these findings and will continue to further characterize the safety profile and provide proof of concept for trodusquemine in obesity and type 2 diabetes management," commented Jack Armstrong, President and CEO. "We anticipate a steady flow of clinical information in the second half of 2007 as our clinical studies progress to broader populations."
About Trodusquemine (MSI-1436)
Trodusquemine (MSI-1436) is the first drug candidate that acts both centrally and peripherally to selectively inhibit the established and validated enzyme target, protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP-1B). The dual locations of MSI-1436 action make the drug a promising candidate for both obesity and type 2 diabetes. By inhibiting PTP-1B, trodusquemine is expected to decrease appetite and normalize blood sugar as PTB-1B is central to both the insulin and leptin pathways. Based on this unique mechanism of action, trodusquemine has the potential to bridge the treatment for two of the most serious metabolic diseases, obesity and type 2 diabetes. In addition, trodusquemine has overcome selectivity concerns that other compounds that target PTP-1B have failed to overcome. Preclinical studies demonstrate that trodusquemine is a potent, highly-selective and reversible inhibitor of PTP-1B. In vitro kinetics demonstrate that trodusquemine is an allosteric, noncompetitive inhibitor of PTP-1B, binding to a site different from the catalytic site of PTP-1B. Data also demonstrate that trodusquemine can produce consistent, sustainable weight loss in a variety of animal models and appears to overcome metabolic readjustment, which often limits sustained weight loss during caloric restriction. Trodusquemine suppresses appetite, causes differential weight loss, reduces adipocyte size, reduces body fat (with no reduction of lean mass), and improves glucose tolerance via inhibition of a unique combination of signaling pathways in a mouse model of diet induced obesity (DIO).
Genaera Corporation is focused on advancing the science and treatment of metabolic diseases. The Company has significant market opportunities with a first-in-class molecule, trodusquemine (MSI-1436), that has the potential to redefine the treatment paradigm for obesity and type 2 diabetes and is presently in a Phase 1 trial in obesity. In addition, Genaera has a value-driven, fully out-licensed partnership with MedImmune, Inc. for a second core program that is presently undergoing Phase 2 clinical testing in asthma.
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Posted: August 2007