Ionis Pharmaceuticals Initiates Clinical Study of IONIS-MAPT Rx in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease
IONIS-MAPTRx is an antisense drug designed to selectively reduce the production of microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT), or tau protein, in the brain. Tau misfolding leads to the accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles inside brain cells. These tangles are a hallmark feature of a spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases known as tauopathies, which include AD and some forms of frontotemporal dementia (
"In contrast to amyloid plaques that may begin to deposit in the brain for up to 20 years before the onset of AD, tau deposits are spatially and temporally associated with the brain regions where atrophy occurs and neurocognitive deficits originate. IONIS-MAPTRx is designed to reduce the production of all of the many forms of tau in all regions of the brain," said
The three-month randomized, placebo-controlled, dose escalation Phase 1/2a clinical study will evaluate the safety and activity of IONIS-MAPTRx in approximately 44 patients with mild AD. In the study, IONIS-MAPTRx is administered as a once-monthly intrathecal injection directly into the cerebral spinal fluid, similar to the way SPINRAZA® (nusinersen) is administered. Biogen has an option to develop and commercialize IONIS-MAPTRx.
"IONIS-MAPTRx is another exciting program within our strategic collaboration with Biogen," said
ABOUT IONIS AND BIOGEN
Ionis and Biogen have a broad strategic collaboration combining Biogen's expertise in neurology with Ionis' leadership in antisense technology to develop novel therapies to treat neurological disorders. SPINRAZA, an antisense drug developed with
Ionis is the leading company in RNA-targeted drug discovery and development focused on developing drugs for patients who have the highest unmet medical needs, such as those patients with severe and rare diseases. Using its proprietary antisense technology, Ionis has created a large pipeline of first-in-class or best-in-class drugs, with over three dozen drugs in development. SPINRAZA® (nusinersen) has been approved in global markets for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Biogen is responsible for commercializing SPINRAZA. Drugs that have successfully completed Phase 3 studies include inotersen, an antisense drug Ionis is developing to treat patients with TTR amyloidosis, and volanesorsen, an antisense drug discovered by Ionis and co-developed by Ionis and
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