Verve Therapeutics Announces Clearance of Clinical Trial Authorisation Application by the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for VERVE-101 in Patients with Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Verve Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering a new approach to the care of cardiovascular disease with single-course gene editing medicines, today announced the clearance of its Clinical Trial Authorisation (CTA) application by the United Kingdom (U.K.) Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for VERVE-101 as a potential treatment for patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH). HeFH is a prevalent and potentially life-threatening genetic subtype of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) characterized by extremely high blood levels of disease-driving low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C).
This U.K. CTA is part of a global regulatory strategy established by Verve for clinical development of VERVE-101, which also includes a cleared CTA in New Zealand and an anticipated regulatory clearance for an investigational new drug (IND) application in the United States in the second half of 2022. Verve is currently enrolling patients in its heart-1 clinical trial of VERVE-101 for HeFH in New Zealand and expects to begin enrolling patients in the U.K. imminently.
“This CTA marks the second regulatory clearance for VERVE-101 as we execute our global strategy focused on bringing a potential single-course gene editing treatment to patients with ASCVD around the world, beginning with HeFH,” said Andrew Bellinger, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical and scientific officer of Verve. “We believe that VERVE-101 has the potential to transform the care and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and we are dedicated to ensuring efficient advancement of heart-1 in order to build a better understanding of its impact in humans. Enrollment in New Zealand is progressing well and, with this latest clearance, we’re working diligently with our investigators in the U.K. to begin patient enrollment and dosing as quickly as possible. We continue to anticipate an interim clinical data readout in 2023.”
The heart-1 clinical trial is designed to enroll approximately 40 adult heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) patients with established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and evaluate the safety and tolerability of VERVE-101 administration, with additional analyses for pharmacokinetics and reductions in blood PCSK9 protein and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). The trial includes three parts – (A) a single ascending-dose portion, followed by (B) an expansion single-dose cohort, in which additional participants will receive the selected potentially therapeutic dose and (C) an optional second-dose cohort, in which eligible participants in lower-dose cohorts in Part A have the option to receive a second treatment to reach the selected potentially therapeutic dose. Interim clinical data from the heart-1 clinical trial including safety parameters, blood PCSK9 level and blood LDL-C level are expected in 2023. For more information, please visit clinicaltrials.gov.
VERVE-101 is a novel, investigational gene editing medicine designed to be a single-course treatment that permanently turns off the PCSK9 gene in the liver to reduce disease-driving low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). VERVE-101 is being developed initially as a treatment for patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH), a prevalent and potentially life-threatening genetic subtype of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). VERVE-101 consists of an adenine base editor messenger RNA (licensed from Beam Therapeutics Inc.) and an optimized guide RNA targeting the PCSK9 gene packaged in an engineered lipid nanoparticle. By making a single A-to-G change in the DNA genetic sequence of PCSK9, VERVE-101 aims to inactivate the target gene. Inactivation of the PCSK9 gene has been shown to up-regulate LDL receptor expression, which leads to lower LDL-C levels, thereby reducing the risk for ASCVD.
About Verve Therapeutics
Verve Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERV) is a clinical-stage genetic medicines company pioneering a new approach to the care of cardiovascular disease, potentially transforming treatment from chronic management to single-course gene editing medicines. The company’s initial two programs – VERVE-101 and VERVE-201 – target genes that have been extensively validated as targets for lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), a root cause of cardiovascular disease, in order to durably reduce blood LDL-C levels. VERVE-101 is designed to permanently turn off the PCSK9 gene in the liver and is being developed initially for heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) and ultimately to treat atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) not at goal on oral therapy. VERVE-201 is designed to permanently turn off the ANGPTL3 gene in the liver and is initially being developed in homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) and ultimately in patients with ASCVD who have not achieved goal LDL-C with oral therapy and a PCSK9 inhibitor. For more information, please visit www.VerveTx.com.
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