QED Therapeutics, Inc. and parent company BridgeBio Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBIO) announced today the presentation of preclinical data supporting the potential of low-dose infigratinib for the treatment of achondroplasia.
The data were presented during the ASHG 2019 Annual Meeting in a poster entitled 'Low dose, daily or intermittent administration of infigratinib (BGJ398), a selective FGFR inhibitor, as treatment for achondroplasia in a preclinical mouse model.'
Achondroplasia is the most common cause of dwarfism and is caused by mutation of the gene for fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3). FGFR3 has been shown to be crucial for the process of bone elongation.1,2 Infigratinib, an investigational agent, binds to FGFR3 and has been previously shown to increase bone growth in preclinical mouse models of achondroplasia.3 The data presented today showed a positive dose-response relationship between infigratinib and bone growth.
'Observing a dose-response relationship is an important step in developing infigratinib as a therapy for achondroplasia,' said Laurence Legeai-Mallet, Ph.D., head of research team at Imagine Institute, INSERM U1163, Universite de Paris, who led the research. 'We also observed better organization within the hypertrophic zone of the growth plate, which is responsible for bone formation and elongation, indicating that a low dose of infigratinib had a positive effect.'
The preclinical study used a dwarf mouse model (Fgfr3Y367C/+), which mimics achondroplasia. In each of the three dose groups, treatment with infigratinib led to an increase in all nine measures of bone size studied compared to the control group. At the highest dose examined (0.5 mg/kg/day), treatment with infigratinib demonstrated a statistically significant (P < 0.01) improvement in bone length of 7-14% in the upper limbs, 10% to 17% in the lower limbs and 12% in the foramen magnum (an opening at the base of the skull). No apparent toxicity of infigratinib was noted in this study.
'We are encouraged by this preclinical data supporting the ability of a low dose, or even intermittently dosed, infigratinib to increase the length of the limbs as well as other bones in the skeleton. In particular, we believe the increase in foramen magnum size has significant implications, given that narrowing of this area of the skull can, in some cases, cause cervical spinal cord compression in achondroplastic children,' said Susan Moran, M.D., M.S.C.E., chief medical officer at QED. 'These data support our decision to submit an investigational new drug application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and initiate a clinical trial in 2020 to investigate the potential to treat children with achondroplasia with infigratinib at doses 10 to 100 times lower than used in oncology indications.'
The full poster can be viewed at www.qedtx.com/ASHG2019/
About QED Therapeutics, Inc.
QED Therapeutics, a subsidiary of BridgeBio Pharma, is a biotechnology company focused on precision medicine for FGFR-driven diseases. Our lead investigational candidate is infigratinib (BGJ398), an orally administered, FGFR1-3 selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets the protein responsible for many genetically-caused skeletal dysplasias. QED is also evaluating infigratinib in clinical studies for cancers driven by mutations in the FGFR1, 2, or 3 genes. We plan to conduct further clinical trials to evaluate the potential for infigratinib to treat people with other FGFR-driven tumor types and rare disorders.
About BridgeBio Pharma, Inc.
BridgeBio is a team of experienced drug discoverers, developers and innovators working to create life-altering medicines that target well-characterized genetic diseases at their source. BridgeBio was founded in 2015 to identify and advance transformative medicines to treat patients who suffer from Mendelian diseases, which are diseases that arise from defects in a single gene, and cancers with clear genetic drivers. BridgeBio's pipeline of over 15 development programs includes product candidates ranging from early discovery to late-stage development.
About the Imagine Institute:
As the first European center of research, care and education on genetic diseases, the Imagine Institute on the Necker-Enfants malades hospital AP-HP campus aims to understand them and cure them. The Institute brings together 1,000 of the best doctors, researchers and healthcare personnel in a creative architecture of synergies. It is this original continuum of expertise, combined with the proximity of patients, which allows Imagine to make discoveries to benefit the patients.
Since its creation, Imagine Institute has been supported by six founding Members : AP-HP, Inserm, Universite Paris Descartes/Universite de Paris, Fondation HP-HP, Mairie de Paris, AFM-Telethon.
Some 8,000 identified genetic diseases affect 30 million patients in Europe, and nearly 3 million in France, where there are 30,000 new cases each year. Nearly 60% of children that have a consultation leave without a genetic diagnosis, and 90% of genetic diseases do not yet have a curative treatment.
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