Ovid Therapeutics Announces Plans to Move into a Phase 3 Trial in Pediatric Patients Based on End-of-Phase 2 Meeting for OV101 in Angelman Syndrome
-- Single pivotal Phase 3 trial design, using once-daily dosing, may be sufficient for approval of OV101 in Angelman syndrome --
-- Trial initiation activities have begun for ELARA, an open-label extension study for patients with Angelman syndrome who completed any prior OV101 clinical trial --
Angelman syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by a heterogeneous constellation of symptoms, including disturbances in communication, sleep, motor function, and behavior, and for which there are no approved medicines or established treatment paradigms.
Based upon review and discussion of the Phase 2 STARS trial results, the clinical trial design, and the applicability of Clinical Global Impressions of Improvement (CGI-I) as a primary endpoint, the
- Single 12-week, two-arm, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
- Once-daily dose
- Approximately 50-60 pediatric patients aged 4 to 12 years, diagnosed with Angelman syndrome randomized to either placebo or OV101
- Primary endpoint of change in overall CGI-I score
CGI-I will be used as a single primary endpoint, mainly due to the rare nature of Angelman syndrome, the lack of treatment options, the nonexistence of assessment instruments specific to Angelman syndrome, the heterogeneity of the disorder, and the lack of sensitivity or appropriateness of other validated measures. Based on feedback from the
Ovid expects to begin enrollment of the NEPTUNE trial in the second half of 2019, pending
“It is important to acknowledge that while this meeting was a milestone for Ovid, and provides a clear path forward, it is an even more momentous one for the Angelman syndrome community,” said
“The End-of-Phase 2 Meeting was productive and helped us understand the FDA’s expectations for a pivotal trial of OV101 in Angelman syndrome,” said
In addition to the planned Phase 3 NEPTUNE trial, Ovid is initiating the ELARA clinical trial, an open-label extension study for individuals with Angelman syndrome who have completed any prior OV101 study. ELARA will use once-daily dosing and will assess long term safety and tolerability in addition to efficacy measures. Trial initiation activities are underway. The Company is also exploring options for patients under four years of age.
Phase 2 STARS Trial Design and Results
STARS was a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trial which enrolled eighty-eight patients (adults, n=66; adolescents, n=22) 13 to 49 years of age diagnosed with Angelman syndrome. The study randomized patients to one of three arms: once-daily (QD) dose of OV101 at night (15 mg), twice-daily (BID) dose of OV101 (10 mg in the morning and 15 mg at night), and placebo.
The primary endpoint of the STARS trial was to assess the safety and tolerability of OV101 compared to placebo. The STARS trial also explored the clinical utility of OV101 on improvements in clinical global impressions, behavior, sleep, and gross and fine motor skills.
Comprehensive data from STARS were provided in a press release issued
About Angelman Syndrome
Angelman syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by a variety of signs and symptoms. Characteristic features of this disorder include delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, problems with movement and balance, seizures, sleep disorders and anxiety. The most common cause of Angelman syndrome is the loss of function of the gene that codes for ubiquitin protein ligase E3A (UBE3A), which plays a critical role in nerve cell communication, resulting in impaired tonic inhibition. Individuals with Angelman syndrome are highly social with a typical lifespan; but are unable to live independently, therefore, they require constant support from a network of specialists and caregivers. Angelman syndrome affects approximately 1 in 12,000 to 1 in 20,000 people in the U.S. There are currently no approved therapies for the treatment of Angelman syndrome.
Angelman syndrome is associated with a reduction in tonic inhibition, a function of the delta (δ)-selective GABAA receptor that allows a human brain to decipher excitatory and inhibitory neurological signals correctly without being overloaded. If tonic inhibition is reduced, the brain becomes inundated with signals and loses the ability to separate background noise from critical information.
OV101 (gaboxadol) is believed to be the only delta (δ)-selective GABAA receptor agonist in development and the first investigational drug to specifically target the disruption of tonic inhibition, a central physiological process of the brain that is thought to be the underlying cause of certain neurodevelopmental disorders. OV101 has been demonstrated in laboratory studies and animal models to selectively activate the δ-subunit of GABAA receptors, which are found in the extrasynaptic space (outside of the synapse), and thereby impact neuronal activity through tonic inhibition.
Ovid is developing OV101 for the treatment of Angelman syndrome and Fragile X syndrome to potentially restore tonic inhibition and relieve several of the symptoms of these disorders. In preclinical studies, it was observed that OV101 improved symptoms of Angelman syndrome and Fragile X syndrome. This compound has also previously been tested in over 4,000 patients (over 1,000 patient-years of exposure) and was observed to have favorable safety and bioavailability profiles.
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This press release includes certain disclosures that contain “forward-looking statements,” including, without limitation, statements regarding the potential clinical benefit of OV101 to treat patients with Angelman syndrome; the timing and results of future clinical milestones with OV101; the timing and scope of any future clinical trials and results of any such clinical trials with OV101; the potential for a single Phase 3 pivotal trial to support the basis for an NDA submission or approval of OV101 in Angelman syndrome by any regulatory authority; the timing and results of any discussions with regulatory agencies on the Phase 3 trial design including, but not limited to, the study protocol and the framework for the use of CGI-I in the Angelman syndrome population; and the timing and outcomes of future interactions with regulatory bodies. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as “will,” “believes” and “expects.” Forward-looking statements are based on Ovid’s current expectations and assumptions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, which are neither statements of historical fact nor guarantees or assurances of future performance. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth in Ovid’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the caption “Risk Factors.” Ovid assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in expectations, even as new information becomes available.
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