4D Molecular Therapeutics Announces First Patient Dosed in Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of 4D-310 for the Treatment of Fabry Disease
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- Published on Wednesday, 10 March 2021 09:00
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EMERYVILLE, CA, USA I March 09, 2021 I 4D Molecular Therapeutics (Nasdaq: 4DMT), a clinical-stage gene therapy company harnessing the power of directed evolution for targeted gene therapies, announced that the first patient has been dosed in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of 4D-310 for the treatment of Fabry disease. Fabry disease is an inherited lysosomal storage disease with high unmet medical need that results from loss of function mutations in the alpha-galactosidase (AGA) enzyme.
“Through our Therapeutic Vector Evolution platform we apply the principles of directed evolution to invent targeted and evolved AAV vectors for the delivery of genes to specific tissue types. Dosing the first patient in the Phase 1/2 clinical trial of 4D-310 marks the third product candidate to be administered to patients, all of which utilize proprietary vectors derived from our Therapeutic Vector Evolution platform,” said David Kirn, MD, chief executive officer, co-founder and president of 4DMT. “4D-310 is designed with the goal of achieving a novel dual mechanism-of-action for these patients. 4D-310 is designed for both stable therapeutic AGA enzyme activity in the blood, as well as for intracellular production within affected tissues, including in cardiac muscle cells.”
“The unmet need for patients with Fabry disease is significant. Current standard of care enzyme replacement therapies are associated with a high-treatment burden, and due to the short half-life in the blood, patients lack therapeutic concentrations of AGA between infusions. Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in patients despite standard therapy. Gene therapy represents a promising therapeutic modality for patients with Fabry disease because of its potential as a one-time therapy that can deliver stable and sustained levels of AGA activity,” said Dr. Raphael Schiffmann, MD, Senior Vice President & Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiology at 4DMT. “The targeted organ distribution of 4D-310 in Fabry disease makes it likely that this therapy can also potentially treat the cardiomyopathy associated with Fabry disease, a critical disease manifestation that other therapies have been unable to address.”
The Phase 1/2 open-label, dose-exploration and dose-expansion study is expected to enroll up to 18 Fabry disease patients. The study is designed to assess the preliminary safety, tolerability, and maximum-tolerated or maximum-feasible dose of 4D-310. Key secondary endpoints include the assessment of biological activity including AGA enzyme activity and substrate concentrations in the blood over time. The first patient was dosed at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh under the direction of principal investigator Dr. Jerry Vockley MD, PhD, chief of genomic and genetic medicine.
About Fabry Disease and 4D-310
Affecting more than 50,000 people in the United States and European Union, Fabry disease is a genetic disorder of the GLA gene that results in the body’s inability to produce an enzyme called alpha-galactosidase or AGA, causing the accumulation of the substrate globotriaosylceramide-3 (Gb3) in critical organs, including the heart, kidney and blood vessels. Such substrate accumulation can lead to life-threatening hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart failure, arrhythmias, various degrees of kidney dysfunction and cerebrovascular stroke. Progression of the disease causes significant reduction in the quality of life and significant economic burden associated with greater patient needs for supportive care.
By using a targeted and evolved vector to deliver a functional copy of the GLA gene, we believe 4D-310 has the potential to be a promising treatment of Fabry disease. 4D-310 is administered via IV delivery and is designed to produce both high, stable AGA activity in the bloodstream and to generate AGA activity intracellularly within critical affected organs, including the heart.
4DMT is a clinical-stage gene therapy company pioneering the development of product candidates using targeted and evolved AAV vectors. 4DMT seeks to unlock the full potential of gene therapy using its platform, Therapeutic Vector Evolution, which combines the power of directed evolution with approximately one billion synthetic capsid sequences to invent evolved vectors for use in targeted gene therapy products. The company is initially focused in three therapeutic areas: ophthalmology, cardiology, and pulmonology. The 4DMT targeted and evolved vectors are invented with the goal of being delivered through clinically routine, well-tolerated and minimally invasive routes of administration, transducing diseased cells in target tissues efficiently, having reduced immunogenicity and, where relevant, having resistance to pre-existing antibodies. 4DMT is currently conducting three clinical trials: 4D-125 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for XLRP, 4D-110 is in a Phase 1 clinical trial for choroideremia and 4D-310 is in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial for Fabry disease.
SOURCE: 4D Molecular Therapeutics