SBT-272 Phase 1 safety and tolerability data support further clinical development
SBT-272 was neuroprotective and reduced neuroinflammation in ALS preclinical model
SBT-272 Granted Orphan Drug Designation for Treatment of ALS
BOSTON, Nov. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Stealth BioTherapeutics Corp (Nasdaq : MITO), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies for diseases involving mitochondrial dysfunction, today announced encouraging Phase 1 data on the safety and tolerability of SBT-272, a next-generation small molecule designed to reach therapeutic concentrations in the brain and to restore mitochondrial structure and function. The Company also announced that positive preclinical data demonstrating that treatment with SBT-272 provided neuroprotection of upper motor neurons harboring ALS pathology will be presented today at the Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (NEALS) conference in Clearwater, FL. The Company recently received Orphan Drug Designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development for SBT-272 for the treatment of patients with ALS.
“The preclinical data demonstrate that SBT-272 improves the stability and function of mitochondria in upper motor neurons that are diseased with TDP-43 pathology. This also provides neuroprotection and reduces neuroinflammation in the motor cortex of a TDP-43 model of ALS”, said Hande Ozdinler, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. “There appears to be compelling support for the therapeutic potential of targeting mitochondria in ALS and the ongoing clinical development of SBT-272.”
Interim results from the Phase 1 study for SBT-272 demonstrated that selected doses are anticipated to result in therapeutic concentrations in the brain based on observed drug levels achieved in preclinical studies. While final safety analyses are ongoing, dose levels identified for subsequent clinical evaluation appear generally safe and well tolerated. These data support further clinical development of SBT-272.
“We are pleased to receive orphan drug designation from FDA for SBT-272 for the treatment of ALS, underscoring the urgent need for innovative new therapies for this devastating disease,” said Chief Executive Officer Reenie McCarthy. “We are encouraged by the clinical profile of SBT-272 observed to date and look forward to evaluating its therapeutic potential in ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases of mitochondrial dysfunction.”
NEALS Conference November 1, 2022
Translational Pharmacology of SBT-272, A Novel Mitochondria-Targeted Drug for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disease
Poster presentation, November 1, from 5-7pm
SBT-272 improved mitochondria structure and function and preserved Upper Motor Neurons with TDP-43 Pathology
Platform presentation, November 3, 11:45 am
SBT-272 is a novel small molecule that targets the cardiolipin-rich inner mitochondrial membrane which is crucial for normal mitochondrial structure and function. Preclinical SBT-272 data have demonstrated mitochondria-protective and neuroprotective effects in models of ALS, FTD, alpha-synucleinopathy, a rare form of dementia that is similar to Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and ischemic stroke. We have also observed SBT-272-mediated improvements in functional assessments, lifespan, inflammation, and reduction of protein aggregates across certain nonclinical models. Data from a Phase 1 study evaluating subcutaneous SBT-272 in healthy volunteers supports further clinical development. We aim to develop SBT-272 for ALS and other neurological diseases of mitochondrial dysfunction. The Orphan Drug Act was enacted in 1983 to encourage development of drugs for rare diseases, which are diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 persons in the United States. Once granted, Orphan Drug Designation provides various development benefits for an investigational drug, including seven-year exclusivity after marketing approval is received.
About Stealth BioTherapeutics
We are a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies for diseases involving mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondria, found in nearly every cell in the body, are the body’s main source of energy production and are critical for normal organ function. Dysfunctional mitochondria characterize a number of rare genetic diseases and are involved in many common age-related diseases, typically involving organ systems with high energy demands such as the eye, the neuromuscular system, the heart and the brain. We believe our lead product candidate, elamipretide, has the potential to treat ophthalmic diseases entailing mitochondrial dysfunction, such as dry AMD, rare neuromuscular disorders, such as primary mitochondrial myopathy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and rare cardiomyopathies, such as Barth syndrome. We are evaluating our second-generation clinical-stage candidate, SBT-272, for rare neurological disease indications, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar dementia, following promising preclinical data. We have optimized our discovery platform to identify novel mitochondria-targeted compounds which may be nominated as therapeutic product candidates or utilized as mitochondria-targeted vectors to deliver other compounds to mitochondria.
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