Melbourne, Australia, April 27, 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 that the United Kingdom Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has accepted Alterity’s Clinical Trial Authorization Application (CTA) to conduct its Phase 2 clinical trial for ATH434 in Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) ), a rare and very debilitating parkinsonian disease.
“Approval by the MHRA in the UK is another important milestone for our ATH434 clinical development program,” said david stamler, MD, Chairman and CEO, Alterity. “We plan to open our first Phase 2 clinical trial site in New Zealand this quarter and then expand the trial globally to the UK, other European countries, Australia and United States. We look forward to bringing this potential therapy to people with MSA who currently have no treatment to treat the underlying pathology of their disease.”
The Phase 2 clinical trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of ATH434 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 parameters and other biomarkers will allow for a comprehensive evaluation of ATH434 efficacy as well as characterization of safety and pharmacokinetics. 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.
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 the 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 progression
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 glia, central nervous system support cells, and 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. .
National 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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This announcement has been authorized by david stamlerCEO of Alterity Therapeutics Limited.
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