NervGen Pharma Receives Fast Track Designation for NVG-291 for the Treatment of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
- Designation Facilitates and Expedites Development of Drugs for Patients with Serious Unmet Medical Needs
- Enrollment Progressing in NVG-291 Phase 1b/2a Clinical Trial, with Initial Cohort Data Expected in Mid-2024
Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – October 23, 2023) – NervGen Pharma Corp. (TSXV: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF), a clinical stage biotech company dedicated to developing innovative solutions for the treatment of nervous system damage, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation for its proprietary lead compound, NVG-291, in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). FDA’s Fast Track program is designed to facilitate the development of drugs intended to treat serious conditions and fill unmet medical needs as part of the FDA’s goal to get important new drugs to patients earlier. Fast Track also provides eligibility for both Priority Review, which can shorten the New Drug Development (NDA) review process, and for Accelerated Approval, which can allow for an earlier or faster approval based on a surrogate or intermediate clinical endpoint.
“The FDA’s decision to grant Fast Track designation for NVG-291 underscores the significance and severity of the unmet medical need that exists for individuals living with spinal cord injury and their caregivers,” said Mike Kelly, NervGen’s President & CEO. “We believe that NVG-291 has the potential to be the first approved treatment indicated to enable neurological/functional recovery following spinal cord injury, and we look forward to working closely with the FDA in the clinical development process with the goal of obtaining approval to market NVG-291 as soon as possible.”
About Fast Track Designation
Fast Track designation is intended to facilitate development and expedite review of drugs to treat serious or life-threatening conditions so that a product can reach the market expeditiously. A drug that is intended to treat a serious or life-threatening condition that demonstrates the potential to address an unmet medical need may qualify for Fast Track designation. Features of this designation include opportunities for frequent interactions with the review team. These include meetings with the FDA to discuss items such as study design, extent of safety data required to support approval, dose-response concerns, accelerated approval, the structure and content of an NDA, and other critical issues. In addition, such a product could be eligible for priority review if supported by clinical data at the time of NDA.
NervGen holds exclusive worldwide rights to NVG-291, a first-in-class therapeutic peptide targeting mechanisms that interfere with nervous system repair. NVG-291 is derived from the intracellular wedge domain of the receptor type protein tyrosine phosphatase sigma (PTPσ). NVG-291-R, a rodent analog of NVG-291, has been shown to promote nervous system repair and functional recovery in animal models of spinal cord injury (acute and chronic intervention), peripheral nerve injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke, through enhanced plasticity, axonal regeneration, and remyelination. NervGen has initiated a Phase 1b/2a placebo-controlled proof-of-concept trial (NCT05965700) to evaluate the efficacy of NVG-291 in two separate cohorts of individuals with cervical spinal cord injury: chronic (1-10 years post-injury) and subacute (10-49 days post-injury), given demonstrated efficacy in preclinical models of both chronic and acute spinal cord injury. Initial results are expected in mid-2024.
NervGen (TSXV: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF) is a clinical stage biotech company dedicated to developing innovative treatments that enable the nervous system to repair itself following damage, whether due to injury or disease. NervGen’s lead drug candidate, NVG-291, is being evaluated in a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial. The Company’s initial target indication is spinal cord injury. For more information, go to www.nervgen.com and follow NervGen on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook for the latest news on the Company.
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