NEWARK, Calif., Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:PTGX) today announced top-line results from the Phase 1 study of PTG-200, an oral peptide interleukin-23 receptor antagonist, in 80 normal healthy volunteers. Results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single- and multiple-dose escalation study demonstrated that administration of PTG-200 was well-tolerated. No serious adverse events or dose-limiting toxicities were observed. The pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic parameters were consistent with the gastrointestinal-restricted design of PTG-200.
"Results from this study provide the first clinical data in support of PTG-200 and creates a path forward for its evaluation as a potential first-in-class oral IL-23 pathway based therapeutic for treatment of IBD," commented Dinesh V. Patel, Ph.D., Protagonist President and Chief Executive Officer. "An oral drug targeting the IL-23 pathway would be a novel addition to the oral targeted therapy treatment landscape while building upon proven injectable therapeutic agents that work through similar validated mechanisms for IBD. We look forward to working towards a U.S. IND filing with our collaboration partner Janssen Biotech in the coming months."
PTG-200 is an oral peptide interleukin-23 receptor (IL-23R) antagonist being co-developed with Janssen Biotech, Inc., initially for the treatment of patients with Crohn's disease. PTG-200 is designed to offer advantages over injectable antibody therapeutics that target the IL-23 pathway, including the potential for improved safety and tolerability and better compliance compared to therapeutics administered by injection.
A Phase 1 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single- and multiple-dose escalation trial in eighty healthy volunteers has been completed at a single site in Australia. The study was conducted in two parts: single-ascending doses and multiple ascending doses of PTG-200.
About Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc.
Protagonist Therapeutics is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that utilizes a proprietary technology platform to discover and develop novel peptide-based drugs to transform existing treatment paradigms for patients with significant unmet medical needs. PTG-100 is an oral alpha-4-beta-7 integrin antagonist peptide that is under development for potential treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases. PTG-200 is an oral peptide interleukin-23 receptor antagonist in development for the treatment of Crohn's disease. The company has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration agreement with Janssen Biotech for the clinical development of PTG-200. Protagonist is also developing an injectable hepcidin mimetic, PTG-300, for the potential treatment of anemia and iron overload related to rare blood diseases with an initial focus on beta-thalassemia. The company has completed a Phase 1 clinical trial of PTG-300, which established safety/tolerability and pharmacodynamic-based clinical proof-of-concept in normal healthy volunteers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and EMA have granted Orphan Drug Designation to PTG-300 for beta-thalassemia for which a global Phase 2 trial is to be initiated in the fourth quarter of 2018. Treatment of patients with myelodysplastic syndromes, hereditary hemochromatosis and polycythemia vera represent additional opportunities for future development of PTG-300.
Protagonist is headquartered in Newark, California, with pre-clinical and clinical staff in California and discovery operations in both California and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. For further information, please visit http://www.protagonist-inc.com.
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