Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted Priority Medicine (PRIME) designation to GTX-102 for the treatment of Angelman syndrome (AS). GTX-102 is an investigational antisense oligonucleotide delivered via intrathecal administration and is designed to target and inhibit expression of UBE3A antisense transcript (UBE3A-AS). The EMA granted this designation in response to compelling early clinical data from the extension cohorts in the Phase 1/2 study of GTX-102 demonstrating clinically meaningful improvements in several neurodevelopmental domains including cognition, receptive communication and gross motor skills in individuals with Angelman syndrome.

PRIME designation is granted by the EMA to provide early and proactive support to developers of promising medicines that may offer a major therapeutic advantage over existing treatments or benefit to patients without treatment options. These medicines are considered priority medicines by the EMA, whose aim is to optimize development plans and speed up evaluations so these medicines that address significant unmet medical needs can reach patients faster.