"We are pleased that the first infant has been dosed in this pivotal trial," said
FIREFISH is a global, open-label, single-arm study. In the pivotal part of the study, the efficacy and safety of RG7916 at the dose level selected from Part 1 will be evaluated over 24 months. Part 2 will be conducted in approximately 40 infants with Type 1 SMA, followed by a long-term extension. The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the proportion of infants sitting without support for 5 seconds, assessed by the Bayley Gross Motor Scale, after 12 months of treatment.
RG7916 directly targets the underlying molecular deficiency of SMA by modulating SMN2 splicing to increase expression of full-length SMN2 mRNA from the SMN2 gene. Recently presented preliminary data from Part 1 of the study demonstrated that RG7916 was well tolerated at all doses and there have been no drug-related safety findings leading to withdrawal. Additionally, no patient lost the ability to swallow and no patient has required tracheostomy or reached permanent ventilation.
The SMA program was initially developed by PTC Therapeutics in partnership with the
About the SMA Clinical Trials
FIREFISH: An open-label, two-part clinical trial. Part 1 is a dose escalation study in at least 8 infants for a minimum of 4 weeks. The primary objective of Part 1 is to assess the safety profile of RG7916 in infants and determine the dose for Part 2. Part 2 is a single-arm study in approximately 40 infants with Type 1 SMA for 24 months, followed by an open-label extension.
SUNFISH: A double‐blind, two‐part, placebo‐controlled trial. Part 1 enrolled patients with Type 2 or 3 SMA to evaluate safety, tolerability, and PK/PD of several RG7916 dose levels. The pivotal SUNFISH Part 2, in non‐ambulant patients with Type 2 or 3 SMA, will evaluate safety and efficacy of the RG7916 dose level selected from Part 1.
JEWELFISH: An exploratory, open-label study to establish the safety and tolerability of RG7916 in people who have previously participated in a study with another therapy targeting SMN2 splicing.
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All statements, other than those of historical fact, contained in this press release, are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding: any advancement of the joint development program in SMA with PTC,
PTC's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements it makes as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, including those related to: the initiation, enrollment, conduct and availability of data from either the SUNFISH or FIREFISH studies and the outcome of such studies; events during, or as a result of, these studies that could delay or prevent further development of RG7916, including future actions or activities under the SMA joint development program; our expectations for regulatory approvals; PTC's scientific approach and general development progress; and the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of PTC's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K as well as any updates to these risk factors filed from time to time in PTC's other filings with the
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