Alzamend pursuing additional indications of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder for AL001
Alzamend Neuro, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALZN) (“Alzamend”), an early clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel products for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (“Alzheimer’s”), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (“MDD”) and post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), today announced it has dosed its first healthy adult subject in its Phase IIA multiple ascending dose (“MAD”) study of AL001 in subjects with dementia related to Alzheimer’s. This blinded, placebo-controlled trial (AL001-02) was initiated in May 2022 and is designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of AL001 under multiple-dose, steady-state conditions and determine the maximum tolerated dose.
Alzamend is also pursuing AL001 for the treatment of bipolar disorder, MDD and PTSD. Based upon a recommendation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) after its review and commentary on Alzamend’s pre-investigational new drug (“IND”) briefing package for development of AL001 for bipolar disorder, MDD and PTSD, the ongoing clinical trial in Alzheimer’s patients has been expanded. As the safety and tolerability of AL001 would need to be tested in healthy and elderly adults before Alzamend could initiate later-stage testing of AL001 for bipolar disorder, MDD and PTSD, the addition of healthy and elderly adults to the on-going AL001-02 clinical trial would expedite the timing of further clinical trials. Alzamend will test AL001 in four healthy adult and elderly adult cohorts of eight subjects under MAD conditions.
AL001, a novel lithium-salicylate-L-proline engineered ionic cocrystal lithium delivery system, is under development as an oral treatment for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and more recently for other neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. AL001 has the potential to deliver benefits of marketed lithium carbonate while mitigating or avoiding current toxicities associated with lithium. In a Phase I relative bioavailability comparison of AL001 to lithium carbonate completed in March 2022, AL001 was shown to be bioequivalent at 50% less the dosage of lithium carbonate and the shapes of the lithium plasma concentration versus time curves were similar. Additionally, AL001 salicylate plasma concentrations were observed to be well tolerated and consistently within safe limits and the safety profiles of both AL001 and the marketed lithium carbonate capsule were benign.
“Adding healthy adult and elderly subjects to the Phase IIA MAD clinical trial is in response to recent FDA guidance regarding our forthcoming INDs for AL001 as a treatment of bipolar disorder, MDD and PTSD,” said Stephan Jackman, Chief Executive Officer of Alzamend. “We are one step closer to providing patients, caregivers and clinicians with a major improvement over current lithium-based treatments that can help over 40 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, MDD and PTSD. We look forward to completing the AL001-02 study and further advancing clinical development of this promising potential therapeutic.”
About Alzamend Neuro
Alzamend is an early clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel products for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, bipolar disorder, MDD and PTSD. Our mission is to rapidly develop and market safe and effective treatments. Our current pipeline consists of two novel therapeutic drug candidates, AL001 - a patented ionic cocrystal technology delivering lithium via a therapeutic combination of lithium, salicylate, and L-proline, and ALZN002 - a patented method using a mutant-peptide sensitized cell as a cell-based therapeutic vaccine that seeks to restore the ability of a patient’s immunological system to combat Alzheimer’s. Both of our product candidates are licensed from the University of South Florida Research Foundation, Inc. pursuant to royalty-bearing exclusive worldwide licenses.
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