—CM-101’s Unique Dual Anti-Fibrotic and Anti-Inflammatory Activity Has Disease Modifying Potential in this Poorly Treated Condition—
—CM-101’s Phase 2 SPRING Trial in PSC is Advancing Towards Completion of Enrollment with Top-line Readout Expected in 2H 2024—
TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Chemomab Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq: CMMB) (Chemomab), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of innovative therapeutics for fibro-inflammatory diseases with high unmet need, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted CM-101 Fast Track designation for the treatment in adult patients of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a fibrotic liver disease that can result in liver transplant, cancer and early death.
Fast Track is a process developed by the FDA to facilitate and expedite the development of new treatments that demonstrate a potential to address unmet medical needs in serious or life-threatening conditions. Programs with Fast Track designation can benefit from early and more frequent interactions with the FDA during the clinical development process. Therapeutic candidates with Fast Track designation may also be eligible for priority review and accelerated approval if supported by clinical data.
“This FDA Fast Track designation is an important validation of CM-101’s potential to have a major impact on this devastating disease that attacks people in their prime years and lacks any approved treatments,” said Adi Mor, PhD, co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Chemomab. “We designed the CM-101 Phase 2 SPRING trial to be supportive of a registrational trial in patients with PSC, and we welcome the enhanced opportunities for working closely with the FDA and for acceleration of the development and review process provided by Fast Track status.”
There are no FDA-approved treatments for PSC. CM-101 is a first-in-class monoclonal antibody that neutralizes the soluble protein CCL24, which in preclinical and clinical studies has been associated with key pathways underlying PSC pathophysiology. CM-101’s dual anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity, which is designed to break the vicious cycle driving these pathways, has demonstrated the potential for disease modifying activity in preclinical and early clinical studies of PSC-related processes.
Chemomab Chief Medical Officer Matt Frankel, MD, added, “Promising biomarker and elastography results from our Phase 2a liver fibrosis study in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients reported earlier this year reinforced our optimism about the therapeutic potential of CM-101. There are common fibrosis pathways in NASH and PSC, and CM-101’s relevance to PSC is supported by extensive preclinical and patient sample studies. We also are encouraged by robust patient enrollment in the SPRING trial, which speaks to the high unmet need experienced by these patients. We look forward to continuing our work with PSC patients, their clinicians and the FDA to expedite advancement of CM-101 as a potential treatment for this terrible disease.”
Chemomab’s Phase 2 SPRING trial (NCT04595825) is a double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessing the safety and tolerability of CM-101 in PSC patients. The trial is also measuring a wide range of relevant biomarkers and physiological parameters. Patient enrollment in the trial is advancing towards completion and Chemomab anticipates reporting a top-line readout in the second half of 2024.