ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- REGENXBIO Inc. (Nasdaq: RGNX) today announced it has completed dosing in the expanded Cohort 2 of the Phase I/II trial of RGX-111 for the treatment of severe Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I). The trial has now completed dosing, with eight patients enrolled across two dose cohorts. As previously reported, RGX-111 has also been administered to a patient with MPS I through a single-patient IND.
RGX-111 is an investigational one-time gene therapy designed to deliver the gene that encodes the ?-l-iduronidase (IDUA) enzyme using the NAV AAV9 vector. RGX-111 is administered directly to the CNS. The primary endpoint of the trial is to evaluate the safety of RGX-111. Secondary and exploratory endpoints include biomarkers of IDUA enzyme activity in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), serum and urine, neurodevelopmental assessments, and caregiver reported outcomes. Patients were treated across two dose cohorts: 1.0x1010 genome copies per gram (GC/g) of brain mass (n=2) and 5.0x1010 GC/g of brain mass (n=6). In the single-patient IND for RGX-111, a severe MPS I patient was dosed with 1x1010 GC/g of brain mass.
"We have made great progress this year advancing our pipeline of neurodegenerative disease programs, and completing the dosing in this MPS I trial is another important clinical milestone as we continue to develop potential one-time gene therapies for patients," said Steve Pakola, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of REGENXBIO. "Earlier, at this year's WORLDSymposium meeting, we presented data on biomarker and neurodevelopmental assessments that indicated an encouraging CNS profile in patients dosed with RGX-111. We intend to advance the program for RGX-111 with the aim of providing a much-needed new treatment option for the MPS I community as quickly as possible."
The Phase I/II trial of RGX-111 is a global trial, which includes sites in the United States and Brazil. Many of these trial sites are also participating in REGENXBIO's on-going CAMPSIITEtm trial, the pivotal program for RGX-121 for the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II).
"Our '5x'25' strategy is to have five gene therapies either on the market or in late-stage development by 2025. Earlier this year, we announced that the pivotal program for RGX-121 is active and enrolling patients, making this our second internal program to enter late-stage development. RGX-111 is our next most-advanced clinical candidate in our neurodegenerative disease pipeline and over 30 children with severe MPS I and MPS II have been dosed in our trials using the NAV AAV9 vector," said Kenneth T. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of REGENXBIO. "I would like to express my deep gratitude to our employees and clinical partners, as well as patients and their families in the MPS community, for their ongoing commitment and support in the development of both RGX-111 and RGX-121."
REGENXBIO plans to continue having early and frequent communication with regulatory agencies about pathways to expedite development of its neurodegenerative disease pipeline. In the first half of 2023, REGENXBIO expects to use its Manufacturing Innovation Center to produce RGX-111 commercial-scale cGMP material from its proprietary, high-yielding suspension-based manufacturing process, named NAVXPresstm. The pivotal program for RGX-121 is using the NAVXPress manufacturing process.
Additional interim data from the Phase I/II trial of RGX-111 is also expected to be reported in the first half of 2023.
RGX-111 is designed to use the AAV9 vector to deliver the ?-l-iduronidase (IDUA) gene to the central nervous system (CNS). Delivery of the IDUA gene within the cells in the central nervous system (CNS) could provide a permanent source of secreted IDUA beyond the blood-brain barrier, allowing for long-term cross-correction of cells throughout the CNS. By providing rapid IDUA delivery to the brain, RGX-111 could potentially help prevent the progression of cognitive deficits that otherwise occurs in MPS I patients. RGX-111 has received orphan drug product, rare pediatric disease and Fast Track designations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
MPS I is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disease caused by a deficiency in the lysosomal enzyme alpha-L-iduronidase (IDUA), leading to an accumulation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) including heparan sulfate (HS) in tissues which ultimately results in cell, tissue, and organ dysfunction, including in the central nervous system (CNS). This can include excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain, spinal cord compression, and cognitive impairment. MPS I is estimated to occur in 1 in 100,000 births. Current disease modifying therapies for MPS I include hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) and enzyme replacement therapy with a recombinant form of human IDUA administered intravenously. However, intravenous enzyme therapy does not treat the CNS manifestations of MPS I, and HSCT can be associated with clinically significant morbidity and mortality. Key biomarkers of IDUA enzymatic activity in MPS I patients include its substrate heparan sulfate (HS), which has been shown to correlate with neurocognitive manifestations of the disorder.
REGENXBIO is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. REGENXBIO's NAV Technology Platform, a proprietary adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery platform, consists of exclusive rights to more than 100 novel AAV vectors, including AAV7, AAV8, AAV9 and AAVrh10. REGENXBIO and its third-party NAV Technology Platform Licensees are applying the NAV Technology Platform in the development of a broad pipeline of candidates, including late-stage and commercial programs, in multiple therapeutic areas. REGENXBIO is committed to a "5x'25" strategy to progress five AAV Therapeutics from our internal pipeline and licensed programs into pivotal-stage or commercial products by 2025.
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