"We are encouraged by these results that suggest
that treating earlier in the disease and treating longer shows a
delay in the progression of the disease," said Hans Schikan,
Prosensa's Chief Executive Officer. "These data encourage us to
engage patient groups, clinical experts and regulators to explore a
path forward for drisapersen, which includes the possibility of
Schikan will be presenting details of the
further data analyses at the 32nd Annual
With data from more than 300 patients Prosensa
has the largest clinical data set in DMD. In order to advance the
general understanding of DMD, Prosensa has also announced that it
will make certain data from the drisapersen clinical program
available to the scientific community. In addition it has initiated
a study to better understand the natural history of DMD and is also
exploring potential biomarkers that could be of use as indicators
of efficacy in DMD clinical trials.
The subset analyses focus on outcomes in DMD
boys seven years or younger and those over seven years old as
measured by the six-minute walk test (6MWT). In all studies, a
treatment difference was seen in the younger patient
Notably, the preliminary analysis of the 96 week
extension data from those participating in the phase III DMD114044
(DEMAND III) study shows a 49 meter difference between those on
continual treatment (n=52) and those who had been on placebo for 48
weeks followed by active drug (n=31). Those previously
participating in the DMD114117 study (DEMAND II) showed a 52 meter
difference at 96 weeks (n=13, n=17, respectively).
Key safety findings are consistent with previous
observations, including injection site reactions, proteinuria and
mild to severe thrombocytopenia.
Schikan concludes, "We will continue to work closely with patient groups, clinical experts and regulators to ensure that we leave no stone unturned to bring treatments to boys affected by DMD."
About drisapersen and the clinical
Drisapersen, (previously GSK2402968/PRO051), an
antisense oligonucleotide which induces exon skipping of exon 51,
is currently in-late stage development for DMD. Drisapersen has
orphan drug status in the EU, US,
The overall drisapersen clinical program
comprises three double-blind, placebo-controlled studies
(DMD114117, DMD114876 and DMD114044) and two long term open-label
extension studies (DMD114673 and DMD114349).
For more information regarding the ongoing
clinical studies involving drisapersen visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a severely
debilitating childhood neuromuscular disease that affects up to 1
in 3,500 live male births. This rare disease is caused by mutations
in the dystrophin gene, resulting in the absence or defect of the
dystrophin protein. Patients suffer from progressive loss of muscle
function, often making them wheelchair bound before the age of 12.
Respiratory and cardiac muscle can also be affected by the disease.
Few patients survive the age of 30.
About exon skipping
The dystrophin gene is the largest gene in the
body, consisting of 79 exons. Exons are small sequences of genetic
code which lead to the manufacture of sections of protein. In DMD,
when certain exons are mutated/deleted, the RNA cannot read the
genetic code past the fault. This prevents the rest of the exons
being read, resulting in a non-functional dystrophin protein and
the severe symptoms of DMD.
RNA-based therapeutics, specifically antisense
oligonucleotides inducing exon skipping, are currently in
development for DMD. This technology uses synthetic antisense
oligonucleotides to skip an exon next to a deletion and thereby
correct the reading frame, enabling the production of a novel
dystrophin protein. Up to 13% of boys with DMD have dystrophin gene
mutation/deletions amenable to an exon 51 skip.
Prosensa (NASDAQ: RNA) is a Dutch biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of RNA-modulating therapeutics for the treatment of genetic disorders. Its primary focus is on rare neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders with a large unmet medical need, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy and Huntington's disease.
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