DSMB clears third pediatric patient for dosing in ongoing NGN-401 Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Rett syndrome; On track to dose third pediatric patient in early 1Q:24
CTA clearance obtained from UK MHRA for NGN-401
Ended 2023 in a strong financial position with approximately $200 million in cash and runway into 2H:26
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 2024-- Neurogene Inc. (NASDAQ: NGNE) (“Neurogene” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage company founded to bring life-changing genetic medicines to patients and families affected by rare neurological diseases, announced today a business update and provided its outlook for 2024. Key milestones for the Company’s clinical-stage gene therapy product candidates remain on track for 2024, while the Company continues to advance its discovery-stage transgene regulation portfolio.
Anticipated 2024 Key Milestones
- Rett Syndrome – NGN-401
- Expand ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial for NGN-401 for Rett syndrome in 1H:24 to enroll a larger cohort of patients
- Report interim Phase 1/2 clinical data for NGN-401 for Rett syndrome in 4Q:24
- CLN5 Batten Disease – NGN-101
- Report interim Phase 1/2 clinical data for NGN-101 in 2H:24
- Engage in discussions with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding a streamlined registrational pathway for NGN-101 in 2H:24
“2023 was a transformational year for Neurogene, with the clearance by the FDA of our Investigational New Drug application for NGN-401 in female pediatric patients with Rett syndrome, completing the manufacturing of clinical-grade NGN-401 in-house at our GMP viral vector manufacturing facility, dosing the first two patients in our Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Rett syndrome with no treatment-emergent or procedure-related serious adverse events, or signs of overexpression-related toxicity, and completing a reverse merger and private financing to capitalize Neurogene into the second half of 2026,” said Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rachel McMinn, Ph.D. “We remain on track to deliver interim results for our potentially best-in-class Rett syndrome gene therapy program in the fourth quarter of 2024.”
Rett Syndrome Program Update
Neurogene announced that the Data Safety Monitoring Board (“DSMB”) for the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial of NGN-401 in female pediatric patients with Rett syndrome has recommended that the trial continue, which enables dosing of the third patient. This recommendation was based on safety data collected to date, following dosing of the first patient in the third quarter of 2023 and the second patient in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Neurogene also announced that the United Kingdom (UK) Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the Company’s clinical trial application (CTA) for NGN-401, marking the second regulatory clearance for NGN-401 in pediatric patients with Rett syndrome. This clearance enables Neurogene to expand enrollment in the Phase 1/2 trial beyond the United States to include patients with Rett syndrome in the UK, and is part of Neurogene’s global development and trial expansion strategy.
The ongoing NGN-401 Phase 1/2 clinical trial specifies a cohort of five patients, each receiving a total dose of 1×1015 total vector genomes delivered via intracerebral ventricular administration, which Neurogene believes may show promising efficacy results based on the nonclinical data package generated for NGN-401. In the first half of 2024, Neurogene plans to expand the trial to include (1) more patients in Cohort 1 of the trial for the low dose, and (2) a higher dose cohort to maximize the efficacy potential while still maintaining a favorable safety profile, pending regulatory clearances. Importantly, based on a comprehensive nonclinical dataset, the EXACT transgene regulation technology embedded in NGN-401 mechanistically constrains MECP2 transgene expression levels, allowing for the potential to dose escalate and enhance biodistribution to the brain, without the commensurate increase in MECP2 transgene expression observed with conventional gene therapy.
Neurogene expects to report interim clinical data from Cohort 1 in the fourth quarter of 2024, which is expected to include extensive follow up data on the first number of patients dosed.
CLN5 Program Update
Neurogene has completed enrollment of Cohorts 1 and 2 in the ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical trial for CLN5 Batten disease, and interim clinical data are expected in the second half of 2024. Neurogene is currently enrolling a final higher dose cohort. In the fourth quarter of 2023, Neurogene completed a positive meeting with the FDA regarding the future potency assay. The FDA accepted Neurogene’s proposed potency assay strategy and provided alignment with the testing approach, which will allow release of all future NGN-101 batches.
To enable a go/no-go decision to advance the program into a registration study, Neurogene is collecting and analyzing natural history data for CLN5 Batten disease and planning to request a clinical/regulatory strategy meeting with the FDA in the second half of 2024. The focus of this meeting will be to align with the FDA on the expected clinical requirements to support a streamlined registration pathway, which will be necessary to move this program forward into a pivotal clinical trial.
Discovery Portfolio Update
Neurogene announced that it has extended its research collaboration with the University of Edinburgh by an additional three years. This extension allows Neurogene to continue advancing multiple products for commercially attractive indications in its discovery-stage, transgene regulation gene therapy portfolio.
Neurogene plans to advance one product from its discovery-stage pipeline into the clinic in 2025.
Neurogene’s novel and proprietary EXACT gene regulation platform technology is a self-contained transgene regulation platform that can be tuned to deliver a desired level of transgene expression within a narrow and therapeutically relevant range, with the goal of avoiding transgene-related toxicities associated with conventional gene therapy. EXACT is compatible with viral and non-viral delivery platforms.
NGN-401 is an investigational AAV9 gene therapy being developed as a one-time treatment for Rett syndrome. It is the first clinical candidate to deliver the full-length human MECP2 gene under the control of Neurogene’s EXACT technology. The EXACT technology utilized in NGN-401 is an important advancement in gene therapy for Rett syndrome, specifically because the disorder requires a treatment approach that enables targeted levels of MECP2 transgene expression without causing overexpression-related toxic effects associated with conventional gene therapy. The robust nonclinical data package for NGN-401 provides evidence of a potentially compelling efficacy and safety profile in Rett syndrome.
NGN-101 is being developed as a one-time treatment for both ocular and neurological manifestations of CLN5 Batten disease using AAV9 to deliver the gene encoding CLN5, which is deficient in children with the disease.
Neurogene’s mission is to treat devastating neurological diseases to improve the lives of patients and families impacted by these rare diseases. Neurogene is developing novel approaches and treatments to address the limitations of conventional gene therapy in central nervous system disorders. This includes selecting a delivery approach to maximize distribution to target tissues and by designing products to maximize potency and purity for an optimized efficacy and safety profile. The Company’s novel and proprietary EXACT transgene regulation platform technology allows for the delivery of therapeutic levels while limiting transgene toxicity associated with conventional gene therapy. Neurogene has constructed a state-of-the-art gene therapy manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas. GMP production of NGN-401 was conducted in this facility and will support pivotal clinical development activities. For more information, visit www.neurogene.com.
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