Summit Therapeutics plc announced today that it has enrolled its first patients at trial sites in the US into PhaseOut DMD, a Phase 2 clinical trial of ezutromid in Duchenne. The 48-week, open-label (meaning all participants receive ezutromid) Phase 2 trial is enrolling up to 40 boys total between their 5th and 10th birthdays at sites in the UK and US.
Summit also reports that it will be making updates to its ClinicalTrials.gov record in the coming days, which will include additional U.S. sites and contact details.
Read the update from Summit:
SUMMIT ENROLS PATIENTS IN THE UNITED STATES INTO PhaseOut DMD, A PHASE 2 CLINICAL TRIAL OF EZUTROMID IN PATIENTS WITH DMD
Oxford, UK, 16 November 2016 – Summit Therapeutics plc (NASDAQ: SMMT, AIM: SUMM), the drug discovery and development company advancing therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (‘DMD’) and Clostridium difficile infection, today announces that it has enrolled its first patients at trial sites in the US into PhaseOut DMD, a Phase 2 proof of concept clinical trial of ezutromid in patients with DMD. Ezutromid dosing is expected to follow within a screening period of up to 28 days. Enrolment and dosing of patients into PhaseOut DMD in the UK is ongoing. Ezutromid is a utrophin modulator and represents a potential disease modifying treatment for all patients with DMD.
“Ezutromid has shown great promise in preclinical testing as a universal treatment that has the potential to slow or stop disease progression in all patients with DMD, regardless of their underlying dystrophin gene mutation,” said John Jefferies, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the US coordinating investigator in PhaseOut DMD. “We are excited to participate in PhaseOut DMD and contribute to the clinical development of this utrophin modulator.”
Ralf Rosskamp, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Summit added, “Our PhaseOut DMD clinical trial is an important component of bringing ezutromid to patients and families who are in urgent need of a disease modifying therapy, and we are making progress with patient enrolment in this clinical trial, with enrolment ongoing in the UK and now in the US.”
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 (MAR).
About PhaseOut DMD
PhaseOut DMD aims to provide proof of concept for ezutromid and utrophin modulation by measuring muscle fat infiltration, as well as by measuring utrophin protein and muscle fibre regeneration in muscle biopsies. The primary endpoint of the open-label trial is the change from baseline in magnetic resonance imaging parameters related to fat infiltration and inflammation of the leg muscles. Exploratory endpoints include the six-minute walk distance, the North Star Ambulatory Assessment and patient reported outcomes. PhaseOut DMD is a 48-week open-label trial expected to enrol up to 40 boys ranging in age from their fifth to their tenth birthdays at sites in the UK and the US. Each patient will receive two biopsies, one at baseline and the second either at 24 or 48 weeks. Data from the initial group of 24-week biopsies are expected Q2/Q3 2017.
About Utrophin Modulation in DMD
DMD is a progressive muscle wasting disease that affects around 50,000 boys and young men in the developed world. The disease is caused by different genetic faults in the gene that encodes dystrophin, a protein that is essential for the healthy function of all muscles. There is currently no cure for DMD and life expectancy is into the late twenties. Utrophin protein is functionally and structurally similar to dystrophin. In preclinical studies, the continued expression of utrophin has a meaningful, positive effect on muscle performance. Summit believes that utrophin modulation has the potential to slow down or even stop the progression of DMD, regardless of the underlying dystrophin gene mutation. Summit also believes that utrophin modulation could potentially be complementary to other therapeutic approaches for DMD. The Company’s lead utrophin modulator, ezutromid, is an orally administered, small molecule. DMD is an orphan disease, and the US Food and Drug Administration (‘FDA’) and the European Medicines Agency have granted orphan drug status to ezutromid. Orphan drugs receive a number of benefits including additional regulatory support and a period of market exclusivity following approval. In addition, ezutromid has been granted Fast Track designation and Rare Pediatric Disease designation by the FDA.