Cognition Therapeutics Announces Dosing of First Patient in MAGNIFY Study of Oral CT1812 for Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Dry AMD
NEW YORK, July 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CGTX) announced that it has dosed the first participant in the Phase 2 MAGNIFY study of CT1812, an experimental therapy being developed for the treatment of geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). The MAGNIFY study (COG2201, NCT05893537) is a randomized, placebo-controlled trial that is expected to enroll approximately 246 adults, who have been diagnosed with dry AMD with measurable GA. In contrast with many development-stage dry AMD therapies that are administered by intravitreal injection, CT1812 will be given orally, once daily for 24 months to determine if it can slow disease progression as measured by changes in GA lesion size.
Dr. David R. P. Almeida, a vitreoretinal surgeon and the president, CEO and director of clinical research at Erie Retinal Surgery in Erie, PA enrolled the first participant in MAGNIFY. Dr. Almeida commented, “Until recently there were no FDA-approved medications for our patients with dry AMD. Given the complex nature of dry AMD, even with an approved complement inhibitor, it is likely that a significant proportion of patients may need and benefit from a drug that mitigates the disease progression through a unique mechanism of action. My colleagues and I are excited to be able to participate in the MAGNIFY study. I am in sincere gratitude to our patients who support our search for novel therapeutics and I’m thankful for the dedication and skill I see working with our Cognition Therapeutics partners to explore the potential of CT1812 in our patients.”
Dry AMD is characterized by a progressive deterioration of the macula, a region of the retina particularly dense in photoreceptors that is responsible for central vision. The RPE cells support photoreceptors by recycling their outer layers, which are shed daily – a process that is essential for the retina’s health. CT1812 is a small-molecule, orally delivered, sigma-2 (σ-2) receptor modulator that has been shown to rescue RPE cells in culture from damaging elements such as pathogenic proteins and oxidative stress, which disrupt the normal functions of RPE cells and eventually result in cell death.
Lisa Ricciardi, president and CEO of Cognition, said, “As Dr. Almeida mentioned, dry AMD is complex with many underlying disease drivers. Our research suggests that a σ-2 modulator, such as CT1812, has the potential to protect RPE cells from several of these key drivers, which may allow patients to retain their visual acuity for longer. We look forward to working with Dr. Almeida and our other investigators to explore this possibility in the MAGNIFY study.”
CT1812 is an experimental orally delivered small molecule sigma-2 (σ-2) receptor modulator designed to penetrate the blood-retinal barrier and bind selectively and saturably to the σ-2 receptor complex. The σ-2 receptor complex is involved in the regulation of key cellular processes such as membrane trafficking and autophagy that are damaged by toxic interaction with soluble beta amyloid (Aβ) oligomers, oxidative stress and other stressors. Cognition’s clinical program will assess if regulating these processes by modulating the σ-2 receptor with CT1812 can maintain homeostatic function.
About Geographic Atrophy Secondary to Dry AMD
Dry AMD, one of two forms of AMD, is common among people over 50 and is caused by degeneration and thinning of the macula, the part of the retina responsible for central vision. The gradual loss of central vision associated with dry AMD can present limitations in reading and driving. As the disease progresses in severity into geographic atrophy, which affects approximately 5 million people worldwide and 1 million in the United States, degeneration of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells can result in permanent vision loss.
About Cognition Therapeutics, Inc.
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative, small molecule therapeutics targeting age-related degenerative disorders of the central nervous system and retina. We are currently investigating our lead candidate CT1812 in clinical programs in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). We believe CT1812 and our pipeline of σ-2 receptor modulators can regulate pathways that are impaired in these diseases. We believe that targeting the σ-2 receptor with CT1812 represents a mechanism functionally distinct from other current approaches in clinical development for the treatment of degenerative diseases. More about Cognition Therapeutics and its pipeline can be found at http://cogrx.com.
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