Cytokinetics Announces Presentation of Phase I Data Relating to
CK-2017357 at the XII International Congress on Neuromuscular
CK-2017357 at the XII International Congress on Neuromuscular
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Jul 22, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Cytokinetics, Incorporated (NASDAQ: CYTK) announced today that a poster summarizing data from a Phase I clinical trial of CK-2017357, a novel fast skeletal muscle troponin activator, was presented in the Late Breaking News Poster Presentation Session at the XII International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases, which was held July 17-22, 2010 at the Centro Congressi, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, in Naples, Italy.
"We are pleased to share the encouraging results from this first-time-in-humans clinical trial with the neuromuscular disease community," stated Andrew A. Wolff, MD, FACC, Cytokinetics' Senior Vice President of Clinical Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer. "These data validate the mechanism of CK-2017357 and serve to translate the novel mechanism into potentially clinically relevant pharmacodynamic effects in healthy volunteers. In addition, they support the advancement of our novel drug candidate in our two ongoing Phase IIa, hypothesis-generating Evidence of Effect clinical trials, one enrolling patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and the other enrolling patients with symptoms of claudication. We look forward to learning whether the pharmacodynamic effects observed in the healthy volunteers in this study may be recapitulated in patients suffering from neuromuscular dysfunction and other forms of muscle impairment."
Poster Presentation at the XII International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases
The poster titled "CK-2017357, a Novel Activator of Fast Skeletal Muscle, Increases Isometric Force Evoked by Electrical Stimulation of the Anterior Tibialis Muscle in Healthy Male Subjects" was presented yesterday by Andrew A. Wolff, MD, FACC of Cytokinetics, Inc. This poster presented data from Part B of Cytokinetics' first-time-in-humans Phase I clinical trial of CK-2017357. The objective of Part B of this trial was to determine the change in the force-frequency profile of the tibialis anterior muscle and its relationship to the CK-2017357 plasma concentration after oral administration of CK-2017357 to healthy male volunteers. The authors concluded that CK-2017357 significantly increased the mean placebo-corrected normalized peak force produced in response to transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the tibialis anterior muscles of healthy volunteers in a dose-, concentration-, and frequency-dependent manner. CK-2017357 was generally well-tolerated; all adverse events were mild except for one incidence of pharyngitis of moderate severity, and no serious adverse events were reported. The authors concluded that the mechanism of action of CK-2017357, as described in pre-clinical models, can be translated into statistically significant and potentially clinically important increases in skeletal muscle performance in healthy volunteers. These results support further evaluation of CK-2017357 in neuromuscular diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other diseases or conditions associated with muscle weakness or fatigue, such as claudication associated with peripheral artery disease.
Development Status of CK-2017357
Cytokinetics recently announced data from two Phase I clinical trials evaluating CK-2017357. The first trial was a two-part, single-dose trial. Part A of this trial was designed to assess the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile of increasing single doses of this drug candidate in healthy male volunteers and to determine its maximum-tolerated dose and associated plasma concentrations. The maximum tolerated single dose of CK-2017357 in Part A of the trial was 2000 mg. Part B of this trial was designed to assess the pharmacodynamic effects, versus placebo, of CK-2017357 on skeletal muscle function after single oral doses of 250, 500 and 1000 mg, and to assess the relationship of the effects observed to the associated plasma concentrations of CK-2017357, also in healthy male volunteers. In Part B, CK-2017357 produced concentration-dependent, statistically significant increases versus placebo in the force developed by the tibialis anterior muscle. Further results from Part B of this trial are described above. In both Part A and Part B, CK-2017357 was well-tolerated and no serious adverse events were reported.
The second trial was a multiple-dose, Phase I clinical trial of CK-2017357 designed to investigate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetic profile of CK-2017357 after multiple oral doses to steady state in healthy male volunteers. This trial evaluated doses that produced plasma concentrations in the range associated with pharmacodynamic activity in Part B of the single-dose Phase I clinical trial. At steady state, both the maximum plasma concentration and the area under the CK-2017357 plasma concentration versus time curve from before dosing until 24 hours after dosing were generally dose-proportional. In general, systemic exposure to CK-2017357 in this trial was high and inter-subject variability was low. In addition, these multiple-dose regimens of CK-2017357 were well-tolerated, and no serious adverse events were reported. The company believes that the results of these trials support progression into Phase IIa "Evidence of Effect" (EoE) clinical trials in patients amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in patients with symptoms of claudication associated with peripheral artery disease.
CK-2017357 is currently the subject of a Phase IIa clinical trials program and has been granted orphan-drug designation by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the potential treatment of ALS. Cytokinetics is currently conducting two Phase IIa EoE clinical trials: one in patients with ALS and one in patients with claudication associated with peripheral artery disease.
Background on Cytokinetics' Skeletal Muscle Contractility Program
CK-2017357, a fast skeletal muscle troponin activator, is the lead drug candidate from the company's skeletal muscle contractility program. CK-2017357 selectively activates the fast skeletal troponin complex by increasing its sensitivity to calcium, leading to an increase in skeletal muscle force. This mechanism of action has demonstrated encouraging pharmacological activity in preclinical models that may relate to the potential treatment of diseases associated with aging, muscle wasting or neuromuscular dysfunction. Skeletal muscle contractility is driven by the sarcomere, the fundamental unit of skeletal muscle contraction. It is a highly ordered cytoskeletal structure composed of skeletal muscle myosin, the cytoskeletal motor that is directly responsible for converting chemical energy into mechanical force, as well as actin, and a set of regulatory proteins, troponins and tropomyosin, which make the actin-myosin interaction dependent on changes in intracellular calcium levels. Cytokinetics' skeletal muscle contractility program is focused to the discovery and development of small molecule skeletal sarcomere activators and leverages Cytokinetics' expertise developed in its ongoing discovery and development of cardiac sarcomere activators, including the cardiac myosin activator omecamtiv mecarbil, now in clinical development as a potential treatment for heart failure. Skeletal sarcomere activators have demonstrated pharmacological activity in preclinical models that may lead to new therapeutic options for diseases associated with aging, muscle wasting and neuromuscular dysfunction. The clinical effects of muscle wasting, fatigue and loss of mobility can range from decreased quality of life to, in some instances, life-threatening complications. By directly improving skeletal muscle function, a small molecule activator of the skeletal sarcomere may potentially enhance physical performance and quality of life in aging patients.
Cytokinetics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule therapeutics that modulate muscle function for the potential treatment of serious diseases and medical conditions. Cytokinetics' lead drug candidate from its cardiac muscle contractility program, omecamtiv mecarbil (formerly CK-1827452), is in clinical development for the potential treatment of heart failure. Amgen Inc. holds an exclusive license worldwide (excluding Japan) to develop and commercialize omecamtiv mecarbil and related compounds, subject to Cytokinetics' specified development and commercialization participation rights. Cytokinetics is independently developing CK-2017357, a skeletal muscle activator, as a potential treatment for diseases and conditions associated with aging, muscle wasting or neuromuscular dysfunction. CK-2017357 is currently the subject of a Phase IIa clinical trials program and has been granted orphan-drug designation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the potential treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Cytokinetics is also conducting non-clinical development of compounds that inhibit smooth muscle contractility and which may be useful as potential treatments for diseases and conditions such as systemic hypertension or bronchoconstriction. In addition, prior Cytokinetics research generated three anti-cancer drug candidates that have progressed into clinical development: ispinesib, SB-743921 and GSK-923295. All of these drug candidates and potential drug candidates are from Cytokinetics' research activities and are directed towards the cytoskeleton. The cytoskeleton is a complex biological infrastructure that plays a fundamental role within every human cell. Additional information about Cytokinetics can be obtained at www.cytokinetics.com.
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