– Initiating new Phase 2 FOX trial in boys with Duchenne who have been previously treated with gene therapy –
– Continuing dose escalation of Phase 2 LYNX trial and initiating a cohort in boys with Duchenne not currently treated with corticosteroids –
Edgewise Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: EWTX), a leading muscle disease biopharmaceutical company, today announced an expansion of their clinical development program of EDG-5506, an investigational orally administered small molecule designed to prevent contraction-induced muscle damage in dystrophinopathies, including Duchenne. The Company is initiating FOX, a new Phase 2 placebo-controlled trial in children and adolescent boys with Duchenne who have been previously treated with gene therapy. Further, the Company is continuing dose escalation and expanding enrollment in their Phase 2 placebo-controlled LYNX trial; one of the new LYNX cohorts will study EDG-5506 in boys with Duchenne not currently treated with corticosteroids.
With strong interest from the Duchenne community and supportive initial safety data from LYNX, the Company initiated the FOX trial, a new Phase 2 placebo-controlled trial in children and adolescents with Duchenne who have been previously treated with gene therapy. The FOX trial will assess the effect of EDG-5506 over 12 weeks on safety, pharmacokinetics (PK) and biomarkers of muscle damage. The study will also explore changes in functional measures, such as the North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA) and self-reported/caregiver-reported outcomes. Approximately 24 participants, aged 6 to 14 years, are expected to be enrolled in the trial at multiple sites across the United States. Participants will then continue in an open-label extension portion of the trial for a total of 12 months to gain further insights into safety, PK, function and biomarker measures.
The LYNX trial in children with Duchenne has rapidly enrolled at 14 sites across the United States, with the first three cohorts over-enrolled. Based on the safety profile observed to date, the Company added an additional cohort to continue dose escalation of EDG-5506. LYNX is designed to identify a dose of EDG-5506 that will reduce biomarkers of muscle damage and has the potential to provide functional benefit to patients in a Phase 3 trial. The Company expects to report Phase 2 interim data in the first half of 2024, with the Phase 3 dose identified. Additionally, the Company is adding a new cohort to LYNX to include children aged 4 to 9 years with Duchenne who are not currently treated with corticosteroids. The Company also extended the open label portion of the trial for a total of 24 months.
“Having provided care for individuals with Duchenne for over 20 years, I’m excited to see Edgewise expand its clinical studies with EDG-5506 to include boys with Duchenne who are not currently treated with steroids as well as those who have received gene therapy and remain symptomatic,” said Barry J. Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Powell Gene Therapy Center, University of Florida and Chief Medical Adviser for MDA. “The patient community is desperate to find additional treatment options to curb the effects of this devastating disease.”
“We have listened to the Duchenne community and thoughtfully initiated FOX and expanded LYNX, both important advances in our EDG-5506 clinical development program. We anticipate moving towards a Phase 3 trial start in Duchenne in the second half of 2024,” said Joanne Donovan, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Edgewise. “We are thrilled to open our studies of EDG-5506 to broader groups of individuals with Duchenne exploring the potential of a muscle-targeted therapeutic against the evolving treatment landscape.”
About FOX Phase 2 Trial in Children with Duchenne
FOX is a Phase 2 placebo-controlled trial to assess the effect of EDG-5506 over 12 weeks on safety, PK and biomarkers of muscle damage in children and adolescents with Duchenne who have been previously treated with gene therapy. Approximately 24 participants, aged 6 to 14 years, are expected to be enrolled in the trial at multiple sites across the United States, which is expected to start in early 2024. Participants will then continue in an open-label extension portion of the trial for a total of 12 months to gain further insights into safety, PK, function and biomarker measures. Go to clinicaltrials.gov to learn more about this trial (NCT06100887).
About LYNX Phase 2 Trial in Children with Duchenne
LYNX is a Phase 2 placebo-controlled trial to assess the effect of multiple doses of EDG-5506 over 12 weeks on safety, PK and biomarkers of muscle damage. The study will also explore changes in functional measures, such as the North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA) and self-reported/caregiver-reported outcomes. Approximately 45 children with Duchenne aged 4 to 9 years are expected to be enrolled in this trial. Participants will then continue in an open-label extension portion of the trial for a total of 24 months to gain further insights into safety and functional measures. Importantly, this trial is designed to identify a dose of EDG-5506 that will reduce biomarkers of muscle damage and has the potential to provide functional benefit to patients in a Phase 3 trial. Go to clinicaltrials.gov to learn more about this trial (NCT05540860).
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Duchenne is a severe, degenerative muscle disorder with a median life expectancy of around 30 years old. People living with Duchenne begin to lose their ability to walk without assistance by their early teens and nearly all will require the use of a wheelchair by the time they are in their mid-teens. Duchenne is the most common type of muscular dystrophy, and genetic mutations in the dystrophin gene result in contraction-induced muscle damage, which is the primary driver of irreversible muscle loss and impaired motor function. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne; early, active multidisciplinary care from neuromuscular specialists, cardiologists, physical therapists, and other specialists is critical for optimized disease management. Current therapeutic options for Duchenne are inadequate to prevent significant morbidity and mortality; novel therapies in development for Duchenne, including muscle targeted interventions, aim to positively impact disease trajectory.
About EDG-5506 for Becker and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophies
EDG-5506 is an orally administered small molecule designed to prevent contraction-induced muscle damage in dystrophinopathies including Duchenne and Becker. EDG-5506 presents a novel mechanism of action designed to selectively limit the exaggerated muscle damage caused by the absence or loss of functional dystrophin. By minimizing the progressive muscle damage that leads to functional impairment, EDG-5506 has the potential to benefit a broad range of patients suffering from debilitating neuromuscular disorders Its unique mechanism of action provides the potential to establish EDG-5506 as a foundational therapy in dystrophinopathies, either as a single agent therapy or in combination with available therapies and those in development. In August 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to EDG-5506 for the treatment of individuals with Becker.
The Company has advanced EDG-5506 through the clinic including completed a Phase 1 trial evaluating safety, tolerability, PK and pharmacodynamics of EDG-5506 in adult healthy volunteers (Phase 1a) and in adults with Becker (Phase 1b) (NCT04585464). In ARCH, an open-label, single-center trial (NCT05160415) assessing long-term safety and PK, decreases in biomarkers of muscle damage and trends toward improvement in NSAA have been observed following 12 months of treatment with EDG-5506. A Phase 2 cohort of EDG-5506 in Becker (CANYON) is fully enrolled and has now been expanded to include an additional 120 adult participants in a pivotal cohort called GRAND CANYON, which is currently enrolling (NCT05291091). In Duchenne, the Company is advancing its Phase 2 studies, LYNX (NCT05540860) and FOX (NCT06100887), both assessing safety, PK and biomarkers of muscle damage in individuals with Duchenne. The Company is also continuing to advance the DUNE Phase 2 exercise challenge study, to evaluate the effect of EDG-5506 on biomarkers of muscle damage following exercise in adults with LGMD2I, Becker or McArdle disease at a single site in Denmark.
About Edgewise Therapeutics
Edgewise Therapeutics is a leading muscle disease biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for muscular dystrophies and serious cardiac conditions. The company’s deep expertise in muscle physiology is driving a new generation of first-in-class therapeutics. EDG-5506 is an orally administered skeletal myosin inhibitor in clinical trials in patients with Becker, Duchenne, and Limb-Girdle muscular dystrophies as well as McArdle Disease. EDG-7500, currently in a Phase 1 trial, is a novel cardiac sarcomere modulator for the treatment of HCM and other disorders of cardiac diastolic dysfunction. The entire team at Edgewise is dedicated to our mission: changing the lives of patients and families affected by serious muscle diseases. To learn more, go to: www.edgewisetx.com or follow us on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram and Threads.
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