Single Ascending Dose Trial in Healthy Volunteers Continues Enrollment in Order to Refine Exposure-Activity-Relationship; Topline Data Expected by Early 2018
Next Trial of MYK-491 in DCM Patients Expected to Initiate by Year-End
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MyoKardia, Inc. (Nasdaq:MYOK) (“MyoKardia”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering a precision medicine approach for the treatment of heritable cardiovascular diseases, today provided a clinical update on its MYK-491 program for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
“We are encouraged by the favorable safety and tolerability profile observed thus far in our Phase 1 trial of MYK-491 and look forward to sharing topline data in the coming months,” said Marc Semigran, M.D., chief medical officer of MyoKardia. “These additional dose cohorts in the 001 study may allow us to gain further insights into relationships among MYK-491 dosing, exposure and activity seen to date. Data from this healthy volunteer trial, along with anticipated data from our upcoming patient trial, will best position us to advance this program into Phase 2 and later-stage trials.”
Single Ascending Dose Trial in Healthy Volunteers (001 Trial)
Earlier this year, MyoKardia initiated a Phase 1 single ascending dose trial of MYK-491 in healthy volunteers. The objectives of this randomized, placebo-controlled trial are to assess safety, tolerability, preliminary pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of MYK-491.
Preliminary safety data available from this ongoing trial show that MYK-491 has been generally safe and well-tolerated in all dose cohorts tested thus far. Based on results observed to date, MyoKardia has elected to include additional dose cohorts in the trial in order to further refine its understanding of MYK-491 pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Topline data from the 001 trial are now expected to be released by early 2018.
Single Ascending Dose Trial in Symptomatic DCM Patients (003 Trial)
MyoKardia intends to initiate a single ascending dose trial of MYK-491 in symptomatic DCM patients before year-end. The objectives of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial are to assess safety, tolerability, preliminary pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of MYK-491 in patients.
MYK-491 is an oral, small molecule, allosteric activator of myosin designed to increase cardiac contractility in a DCM heart. Reduced cardiac contractility, or hypocontractility, is believed to be the underlying cause of DCM and MYK-491 is designed to increase cardiac muscle contractility. Based on preclinical research across multiple animal models, MYK-491 may hold potential for controlled increases in the heart’s contractility with minimal impact on diastole or relaxation. MYK-491 is being studied in a Phase 1 single ascending dose trial in healthy volunteers.
DCM is a disease that affects about one million people in the United States. DCM can progress to heart failure and severe complications such as stroke, arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. In DCM, the walls of the left ventricle are thin and over-expanded, leading to diminished contraction and insufficient blood being pumped by the heart. Typical symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling in the extremities, or an irregular heartbeat. As the disease progresses, patients become increasingly debilitated, experience persistent shortness of breath, even at rest, and are at elevated risk for fatal arrhythmias. Diastolic function, or the heart’s ability to relax and fill with blood, is also impaired. There is currently no approved medical therapy that addresses the underlying biomechanical causes of DCM.
MyoKardia is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering a precision medicine approach to discover, develop and commercialize targeted therapies for the treatment of serious and rare cardiovascular diseases. MyoKardia’s initial focus is on the treatment of heritable cardiomyopathies, a group of rare, genetically-driven forms of heart failure that result from biomechanical defects in cardiac muscle contraction. MyoKardia has used its precision medicine platform to generate a pipeline of therapeutic programs for the chronic treatment of the two most prevalent forms of heritable cardiomyopathy—hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MyoKardia’s most advanced product candidate is mavacamten (formerly MYK-461). Mavacamten is a novel, oral, allosteric modulator of cardiac myosin that reduced hypercontractility in Phase 1 clinical trials of HCM patients. In April 2016, the FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation for mavacamten for the treatment of symptomatic oHCM, a subset of HCM. MyoKardia is currently studying mavacamten in PIONEER-HCM, a Phase 2 open-label trial of mavacamten in patients with symptomatic oHCM. MYK-491, MyoKardia’s second product candidate, is designed to increase the overall extent of the heart’s contraction in DCM patients by increasing cardiac contractility. MyoKardia is currently evaluating MYK-491 in a Phase 1 trial in healthy volunteers. A cornerstone of the MyoKardia platform is the Sarcomeric Human Cardiomyopathy Registry (SHaRe), a multi-center, international repository of clinical and laboratory data on individuals and families with genetic heart disease, which MyoKardia helped form in 2014. MyoKardia’s mission is to change the world for patients with serious cardiovascular disease through bold and innovative science.
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