BALA CYNWYD, Pa., July 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LRMR), a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases, today announced that patients have been dosed in the third cohort of a Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of single ascending doses (SAD) of CTI-1601 for the treatment of Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). The trial was previously delayed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. CTI-1601 is a recombinant fusion protein intended to deliver human frataxin into the mitochondria of patients with FA who are unable to produce enough of this essential protein.
The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial is evaluating the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of single ascending doses of subcutaneously administered CTI-1601 in patients over age 18 with FA. To date, two cohorts of patients have completed the Phase 1 clinical trial. Topline results are planned for the first half of 2021.
“We’re pleased that our Phase 1 clinical trial has resumed and we can continue to move forward with our lead product candidate, CTI-1601, which has the potential to become the first frataxin replacement therapy for patients with FA,” said Carole Ben-Maimon, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Larimar Therapeutics. “Our highest priority remains the health of our employees and patients especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. We have thoughtfully re-engaged with our clinical site to mitigate the safety risks.”
Additional information on the trial can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov using the identifier NCT04176991.
CTI-1601 is a recombinant fusion protein intended to deliver human frataxin into the mitochondria of patients with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) who are unable to produce enough of this essential protein. Currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial, CTI-1601 has been granted Rare Pediatric Disease designation, Fast Track designation and Orphan Drug designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To date, two cohorts of patients have completed the single ascending dose (SAD) Phase 1 clinical trial. Topline results from the Phase 1 clinical program are planned for the first half of 2021.
About Friedreich’s ataxia
Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a rare, progressive, multi-symptom genetic disease that typically presents in mid-childhood and affects the functioning of multiple organs and systems. The most common inherited ataxia, FA is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease resulting in multiple symptoms including progressive neurologic and cardiac dysfunction – poor coordination of legs and arms, progressive loss of the ability to walk, generalized weakness, loss of sensation, scoliosis, diabetes and cardiomyopathy as well as impaired vision, hearing and speech. FA affects an estimated 4,000-5,000 individuals living in the United States and between 18,000 and 20,000 patients in the European Union. FA results from a deficiency of the mitochondrial protein, frataxin (FXN), which is found in cells throughout the body. To date, there are no medical treatment options approved for patients with FA.
About Larimar Therapeutics
Larimar Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:LRMR), is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for complex rare diseases. The company’s lead compound, CTI-1601, is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 clinical program as a potential treatment for Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare and progressive genetic disease. Larimar also plans to use its intracellular delivery platform to design other fusion proteins to target additional rare diseases characterized by deficiencies in intracellular bioactive compounds. For more information, please visit: https://larimartx.com.
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