BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGEN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary RNA-targeted therapies with a specific focus on microRNAs, today announced that the company held a Type C meeting with the FDA Office of Oncologic Diseases on August 11, 2020 to discuss miRagen’s future clinical development plans for cobomarsen for the potential treatment of Adult T-Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma (ATLL).
“We received clear guidance from the FDA on a potential path to registration in this ultra rare indication based upon a small randomized controlled trial with a primary endpoint of progression free survival that is appropriate for a maintenance therapy. With additional cobomarsen data from the ongoing Phase 2 SOLAR trial in Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) patients expected before the end of the year, we will be able to determine next steps for this program, which may include seeking a partner for the late-stage development and potential commercialization of cobomarsen in miR-155 elevated cancers including CTCL and ATLL” said William S. Marshall, Ph.D., miRagen’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
MicroRNA-155 overexpression has been shown to be a poor prognostic indicator in a variety of hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Cobomarsen is an inhibitor of miR-155 that has demonstrated initial safety and efficacy data in a phase 1 clinical trial in which patients with CTCL, ATLL, DLBCL and CLL patients were treated. miRagen believes that the now defined regulatory pathway for potential approval of cobomarsen for both CTCL and ATLL is an important incremental step in its broader strategy to evaluate cobomarsen as a potential treatment for a variety of miR-155 elevated blood cancers. Cobomarsen has received orphan drug designation in the United States for the treatment of T-cell lymphomas, such as CTCL and ATLL. This designation can provide development and commercial incentives for designated compounds and medicines, including market exclusivity.
About miRagen Therapeutics, Inc.
Miragen Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing proprietary RNA-targeted therapies with a specific focus on microRNAs and their role in diseases where there is a high unmet medical need. miRagen has three clinical stage product candidates, cobomarsen, remlarsen, and MRG-110. miRagen’s clinical product candidate for the treatment of certain cancers, cobomarsen, is an inhibitor of miR-155, which is found at abnormally high levels in malignant cells of several blood cancers. miRagen’s clinical product candidate for the treatment of pathological fibrosis, remlarsen, is a replacement for miR-29, which is found at abnormally low levels in a number of pathological fibrotic conditions, including cutaneous, cardiac, renal, hepatic, pulmonary and ocular fibrosis, as well as in systemic sclerosis. MRG-110, an inhibitor of miR-92, is miRagen’s product candidate for the treatment of heart failure and other ischemic disease. In addition to these programs, miRagen is developing a pipeline of preclinical product candidates. The goal of miRagen’s translational medicine strategy is to progress rapidly to first-in-human studies once it has established the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamic, safety, and manufacturability of the product candidate in preclinical studies. For more information, please visit www.miragen.com. For information on clinical trials please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
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