Intra-Cellular Therapies Initiates Rolling Submission of New Drug Application for Lumateperone for Treatment of Schizophrenia
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- Published on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 18:05
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NEW YORK, NY, USA I June 06, 2018 I Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc. (Nasdaq:ITCI), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced the initiation of a rolling submission of its New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lumateperone for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Company plans to complete this NDA submission in mid-2018.
In 2017 the FDA granted Fast Track designation for lumateperone for the treatment of schizophrenia. The Company requested Fast Track designation for lumateperone based on clinical evidence that lumateperone has the potential to address unmet medical needs for the treatment of schizophrenia. The FDA’s Fast Track designation is designed to facilitate the development and expedite the review of drug candidates to treat serious and life-threatening conditions.
“We are excited to have initiated our NDA filing for lumateperone for the treatment of schizophrenia, which is an important milestone in our mission to bringing innovative treatments to patients suffering from neuropsychiatric conditions,” said Dr. Sharon Mates, Chairman and CEO of Intra-Cellular Therapies. “We believe lumateperone, with its unique pharmacology and existing clinical profile, potentially represents an important advance in the treatment of patients with schizophrenia.”
About Intra-Cellular Therapies
Intra-Cellular Therapies is developing novel drugs for the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases and diseases of the elderly, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Company is developing its lead drug candidate, lumateperone (also known as ITI-007), for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, behavioral disturbances in patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, depression and other neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders. Lumateperone, a first-in-class molecule, is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar depression and agitation associated with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. The Company is also utilizing its phosphodiesterase (PDE) platform and other proprietary chemistry platforms to develop drugs for the treatment of CNS and other disorders. The lead molecule in the Company's PDE1 portfolio, ITI-214, is in development for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease and for the treatment of heart failure.
About Lumateperone for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
Lumateperone, our lead product candidate, is a first-in-class molecule that provides selective and simultaneous modulation of serotonin, dopamine, and glutamate - three neurotransmitter pathways implicated in severe mental illness. Unlike existing schizophrenia treatments, lumateperone is a dopamine receptor phosphoprotein modulation, or DPPM, acting as a pre-synaptic partial agonist and post-synaptic antagonist at D2 receptors. We believe this mechanism, along with potent interactions at 5-HT2A receptors, serotonin transporters, and D1 receptors with indirect glutamatergic modulation, may contribute to the efficacy of lumateperone across a broad array of symptoms, with improved psychosocial function and favorable tolerability. This compound has the potential to benefit patients suffering from a range of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.
Our clinical development program for the treatment of schizophrenia with lumateperone includes three large randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. In two studies, ITI-007 60 mg showed a statistically significant separation from placebo on the primary endpoint, the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, or PANSS, total score. Across all three studies, lumateperone was found to be well tolerated with a safety profile similar to placebo.
SOURCE: Intra-Cellular Therapeutics