Neuren Pharmaceuticals (ASX: NEU) has received approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee for its Phase 2 clinical trial of NNZ-2591 in Angelman syndrome (AS). The approval covers the three sites in Australia that will conduct the trial: Queensland Children’s Hospital/Centre for Children’s Health Research, South Brisbane, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Austin Health, Victoria. Separate research governance authorisation is now required from each site before they can be initiated and commence enrolment of subjects.
Neuren Pharmaceuticals CEO Jon Pilcher commented: “This is another important step achieved for the first clinical trial of NNZ-2591 in patients and Neuren’s first in Australia. We are very excited to be working closely with the local Angelman syndrome community and are eager to accelerate development of this potential therapy which has shown such promise to date.”
The AS Phase 2 trial will enroll up to 20 children aged 3 to 17 years to examine safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and efficacy over 13 weeks of treatment with orally administered NNZ-2591. Results from the trial are expected in H1 2023.
Neuren is also awaiting clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Investigational New Drug (IND) applications for Phase 2 trials of NNZ-2591 in each of PhelanMcDermid syndrome and Pitt Hopkins syndrome. Both of those trials will be conducted in the United States.
In parallel with the Phase 2 trials, Neuren Pharmaceuticals is executing the foundational work to prepare for Phase 3 development of NNZ-2591 across these neurodevelopmental disorders and Prader-Willi syndrome, all of which have urgent need for an approved treatment.
About Angelman syndrome
There are currently no approved medicines for AS, which is characterized by severe developmental delay and learning disabilities that become noticeable by the age of 6 – 12 months. Children and adults with AS typically have balance issues, motor impairment and can have debilitating seizures. Some individuals never walk, most do not speak and disruptive sleep also can be a serious challenge. Individuals have a normal life expectancy, but they require continuous care and are unable to live independently. AS is caused by a loss of function of the UBE3A gene on chromosome 15.