NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of selective oral immunology therapies focused on treating chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, today announced enrollment of the first psoriasis patient in Part C of its ongoing phase 1 clinical trial of IMU-935, a highly potent and selective inverse agonist of the transcription factor RORγt.
Part C is structured as a 28-day, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial designed to enroll approximately 52 patients, randomized 3:1 versus placebo with two treatment cohorts. The primary objective is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of IMU-935 in moderate-to-severe psoriasis patients. Secondary objectives include evaluation of trough plasma concentration levels and effects on skin symptoms utilizing the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI), Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), psoriasis affected body surface area (BSA), Physicians Global Assessment (PGA), and Itch Numeric Rating Scale (NRS). The trial also assesses pharmacodynamic marker changes, including serum cytokines, ex vivo peripheral blood mononuclear cell gene expression profiles and histological biomarker analysis in skin biopsies. More than 10 sites in Australia and New Zealand are expected to participate in Part C.
"The initiation of treatment of patients with active disease with IMU-935 marks a significant milestone in the continued advancement of our development pipeline," stated Daniel Vitt, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Immunic. "We chose to target psoriasis as we strongly believe that it provides an ideal pathophysiology to assess safety as well as biomarkers related to IMU-935's mechanism of action. In addition, we believe that there is an urgent medical need to translate the significant therapeutic advances in IL17-targeted therapies in psoriasis into a more convenient oral treatment option for patients. We also eagerly await completion of the single and multiple ascending dose parts of this phase 1 trial in healthy volunteers later in 2021, which, if successful in showing a favorable safety and pharmacokinetic profile for IMU-935, should bolster our thesis behind this program and allow us to further progress with our development plan."
"RORγt is a target that has generated a great deal of interest in the scientific and medical community, given its potential to restore the balance between pro-inflammatory and regulatory lymphocytes, and to modulate a range of cytokines involved in various immune-mediated diseases," added Hella Kohlhof, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Immunic. "Based on preclinical and clinical data generated thus far, we continue to believe that IMU-935 has the potential to be a best-in-class, orally available, and potent IL-17 inhibitor for the safe and efficacious treatment of the millions of patients affected by autoimmune diseases, worldwide."
IMU-935 is a highly potent and selective inverse agonist of RORγt (retinoic acid receptor-related orphan nuclear receptor gamma truncated) with additional activity on DHODH (dihydroorotate dehydrogenase). The nuclear receptor RORγt is believed to be the main driver for the differentiation of Th17 cells and the expression of cytokines involved in various inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. This target is believed to be an attractive alternative to approved antibodies for targets such as IL-23, IL-17 receptor and IL-17, itself. IMU-935 shows strong cytokine inhibition targeting both Th17 and Th1 responses in preclinical testing, as well as indications of activity in animal models for psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. Preclinical experiments indicate that, while leading to a potent inhibition of Th17 differentiation and cytokine secretion, IMU-935 did not affect thymocyte maturation. IMU-935 is an investigational drug product that has not been approved in any jurisdiction.
About Immunic, Inc.
Immunic, Inc. (Nasdaq: IMUX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of selective oral immunology therapies focused on treating chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The company is developing three small molecule products: its lead development program, IMU-838, a selective immune modulator that inhibits the intracellular metabolism of activated immune cells by blocking the enzyme DHODH and exhibits a host-based antiviral effect, is currently being developed as a treatment option for multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and primary sclerosing cholangitis. IMU-935, a selective inverse agonist of the transcription factor RORγt, is targeted for development in psoriasis, castration-resistant prostate cancer and Guillain-Barré syndrome. IMU-856, which targets the restoration of the intestinal barrier function, is targeted for development in diseases involving bowel barrier dysfunction. For further information, please visit: www.imux.com.
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