Multiple system atrophy is a rare, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes profound disability
Melbourne, Australia, June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Alterity Therapeutics (ASX: ATH, NASDAQ: ATHE) (“Alterity” or “the Company”), a biotechnology company dedicated to developing disease-modifying treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced the company’s phase 2 clinical trial of ATH434 for the treatment of patients with multiple system atrophy (MSA) is now open for enrollment in New Zealand.
SMA is a rare neurodegenerative disease. Although it resembles Parkinson’s disease, MSA progresses faster and leads to profound disability. In addition to the characteristic motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, SMA is manifested by more severe impairment of the autonomic nervous system resulting in bladder dysfunction and the inability to maintain normal blood pressure, as well as uncoordinated movements or awkwardness that contribute to the fall. Currently available treatments only address certain symptoms of SMA. There are no therapies that slow the progression of the disease and there is no cure.
ATH434 is designed to reduce toxic accumulation of α-synuclein, a pathological hallmark of MSA, and preserve nerve cells by restoring normal iron balance in the brain. Therefore, ATH434 has the potential to address underlying disease pathology and preserve function in people with MSA.
“The advancement of our ATH434 program underscores our commitment to providing much-needed treatment for people with MSA,” said david stamler, MD, Chairman and CEO, Alterity. “The opening of registrations for our Phase 2 in New Zealand is an important first step for this clinical program, and I am grateful to our team and our investigators who supported the launch of the trial. During this year, we will extend the trial to other regions of the world. »
About the ATH434 Phase 2 Clinical Trial
The Phase 2 clinical trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of TH434 in patients with early-stage SMA. The study will explore the effect of ATH434 treatment on imaging and protein biomarkers, such as α-synuclein aggregation and excess iron, which are important contributors to MSA pathology. Clinical endpoints and biomarkers, including the use of wearable sensors, will allow a comprehensive evaluation of ATH434 efficacy as well as characterization of safety and pharmacokinetics. The use of wearable sensors will allow the evaluation of motor parameters that are important in patients with MSA. The study is expected to enroll approximately 60 adult patients to receive one of two doses of ATH434 or a placebo.
Patients will receive treatment for 12 months, giving them the opportunity to detect changes in efficacy parameters to optimize the design of a definitive phase 3 study. Additional information about the phase trial 2 can be found by ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT05109091.
Alterity’s lead candidate, ATH434, is the first of a new generation of small molecules designed to inhibit the aggregation of pathological proteins implicated in neurodegeneration. ATH434 has been preclinically shown to reduce α-synuclein pathology and preserve nerve cells by restoring normal iron balance in the brain. In this way, it has excellent potential for treating Parkinson’s disease as well as various forms of atypical parkinsonism such as multiple system atrophy (MSA). ATH434 successfully completed a Phase 1 clinical trial demonstrating that the agent is well tolerated, orally bioavailable, and reaches brain levels comparable to effective levels in animal models of MSA, with the goal of restoring function in patients with MSA and other parkinsonian disorders.
ATH434 has been granted orphan designation for the treatment of MSA by the US FDA and European Commission
About Multiple System Atrophy
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare neurodegenerative disease characterized by autonomic nervous system failure and impaired movement. Symptoms reflect the progressive loss of function and death of different types of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is a disease that progresses rapidly and leads to profound disability. SMA is a parkinsonian disorder characterized by a variable combination of slowed movements and/or rigidity, autonomic instability that affects involuntary functions such as maintenance of blood pressure and bladder control, and poor balance. and/or impaired coordination that predispose to falls. A pathological hallmark of MSA is the accumulation of the protein α-synuclein in the glia, central nervous system support cells, and the loss of neurons in several regions of the brain. MSA affects approximately 15,000 people in the United States, and although some of the symptoms of MSA can be treated with medication, there is currently no medication that can slow the progression of the disease and there is no cure. .1
1National Institute of Health: Neurological Disorders and Strokes, Multiple System Atrophy Fact Sheet
About Alterity Therapeutics Limited
Alterity Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company dedicated to creating an alternative future for people with neurodegenerative diseases. The Company’s lead asset, ATH434, has the potential to treat various parkinsonian disorders. Alterity also has a broad drug discovery platform generating patentable chemical compounds to intervene in disease processes. The Company is based in Melbourne, Australiaand San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.alteritytherapeutics.com.
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