Atrogi receives first regulatory approval from German health authority BfArM to initiate phase 1 study of ATR-258 in type 2 diabetes

First small molecule drug targeting adrenergic receptors to promote glucose uptake in skeletal muscle for type 2 diabetes treatment

STOCKHOLM, Sweden I March 22, 2022 I Atrogi, an early-stage Swedish biopharma company developing a novel solution for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, today announces that it has received approval from the German authorities BfArM to initiate a phase 1 study with their small molecule drug candidate ATR-258 in healthy volunteers and type 2 diabetics. The trial is expected to be completed by year end 2022 with the final report in Q1/2,2023.

ATR-258 is based on ground-breaking research into adrenergic signaling by Professor Tore Bengtsson at Stockholm University leading to the discovery of how to selectively stimulate b2-adrenergic receptors to translocate GLUT4 to the cell membrane. This promotes glucose uptake in skeletal muscle resulting in a reduction of blood glucose levels achieved without insulin. Atrogi believes ATR-258 has the potential to produce a frontline treatment for type 2 diabetes that produces minimal side effects.

The Phase I protocol covers three parts, Part A: Single Ascending Dose of the drug candidate given to healthy volunteers, Part B: Multiple Ascending Dose administered to healthy volunteers and Part C: continuous administration of xxxx at a fixed dose during 28 days in patients with type 2 diabetes. Eligible Diabetes patients should have a HbA1c level of 7-9% after a Metformin wash-out period over 4 weeks.

Alexandra Ekman Ryding, CEO of Atrogi comments: “Following extensive pre-clinical work, the first study in man is an important milestone for our company and we are thrilled to initiate the study together with our CRO partner German-based Clinical Research services specializing in early clinical trials. ATR-258 offers a real alternative to insulin by focusing on fully functioning systems in the body, rather than trying to make dysfunctional signalling systems work. It’s an entirely new class of oral type 2 diabetes drugs.”

About type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a complex disease which is dramatically increasing around the world. The risk of getting type 2 diabetes increases with age but many people have started to get the disease at younger ages due to lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s organs do not respond properly to insulin which should reduce high blood sugar levels. Insulin’s inability to reduce blood sugar levels leads to tissue damage and resultant diseases such as cardiovascular disease as well as heart attack, stroke, eye damage, kidney damage, nerve damage, amputation, and early death. More than 460 million people globally currently suffer from type 2 diabetes and this number is expected to rise – it is believed that almost 700 million people will suffer type 2 diabetes by 2045.


About Atrogi

Atrogi, a Swedish research company, develops a revolutionizing solution for the treatment of type 2 diabetes aimed at the global market. Atrogi was founded in 2013 based on results from professor Tore Bengtsson.

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