Biomarker data suggest that NurOwn drives significant changes on multiple biomarkers across ALS disease pathways which may be important in achieving clinical outcomes
NEW YORK – BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: BCLI), a leading developer of cellular therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced that biomarker data on NurOwn® will be presented at the 32nd International Symposium on ALS/MND, to be held virtually 7-10 December 2021. The presentation “NurOwn targets multiple disease pathways in ALS Phase 3 Trial” will be delivered by Robert Brown, M.D., Director of the Program in Neurotherapeutics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and principal investigator in the NurOwn Phase 3 clinical trial, on Tuesday, December 7 at 4.05pm GMT (11.05am ET).
Brainstorm previously announced clinical results from the Phase 3 randomized, placebo-control trial which evaluated the safety and efficacy of repeat administrations of NurOwn in ALS. This new analysis evaluated the treatment effects of NurOwn on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers and the relationship between these biomarkers and clinical outcomes. In the Phase 3 trial, CSF samples were obtained prior to the first treatment and at 6 additional time points.
- Robust and statistically significant CSF biomarker changes from baseline were observed with NurOwn treatment compared to placebo, particularly in biomarkers related to neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration, and neurotrophic factors. These observations are consistent with earlier trials.
- Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was conducted and confirmed the conclusions across biomarkers that NurOwn increased neuroprotection as measured by neurotrophic factors and decreased neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration relative to placebo.
- Prespecified statistical modeling utilizing machine learning identified biomarkers that are predictive of the treatment response to NurOwn with high accuracy (>80%). Markers of neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection were all selected in the final model, suggesting that NurOwn’s biological activity across multiple disease pathways could prove important to impacting the progression of ALS disease
- These results further the understanding of NurOwn’s mechanism of action in ALS which targets multiple disease pathways and provide additional evidence linking the mechanism of action to NurOwn’s impact on ALS progression (Phase 3 primary endpoint).
“This analysis showed how significant changes in CSF biomarkers in patients treated with NurOwn were associated with clinical response, suggesting that NurOwn has important effects on multiple important ALS disease pathways,” said Robert Brown, MD, NurOwn Phase 3 Study
Principal Investigator and Director of the Program in Neurotherapeutics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “Simultaneously targeting these multiple ALS disease pathways may be an important factor in achieving meaningful clinical outcomes.”
“This is an important step in understanding the promise of NurOwn as a novel stem cell therapy for neurodegenerative diseases with tremendous unmet need, including ALS. We are keen to understand the effects that longer-term treatment with NurOwn could drive in biomarkers of neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration and neuroprotection and ultimately the effect on clinical outcomes. We are poised to gain preliminary insights into longer-term treatment with NurOwn through our Expanded Access Program”, said Stacy R. Lindborg, EVP and Chief Development Officer. “We believe the future is bright for novel treatments like NurOwn”.
A copy of the abstract can be viewed on the MND Association website here (SESSION 2 CLINICAL TRIALS, abstract C5).
The slides from the presentation will be available on the Publications page of Brainstorm’s corporate website following the conclusion of the International Symposium on ALS/MND.
The NurOwn® technology platform (autologous MSC-NTF cells) represents a promising investigational therapeutic approach to targeting disease pathways important in neurodegenerative disorders. MSC-NTF cells are produced from autologous, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that have been expanded and differentiated ex vivo. MSCs are converted into MSC-NTF cells by growing them under patented conditions that induce the cells to secrete high levels of neurotrophic factors (NTFs). Autologous MSC-NTF cells are designed to effectively deliver multiple NTFs and immunomodulatory cytokines directly to the site of damage to elicit a desired biological effect and ultimately slow or stabilize disease progression.
About BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc.
BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. is a leading developer of innovative autologous adult stem cell therapeutics for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. The Company holds the rights to clinical development and commercialization of the NurOwn® technology platform used to produce autologous MSC-NTF cells through an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement. Autologous MSC-NTF cells have received Orphan Drug designation status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). BrainStorm has completed a Phase 3 pivotal trial in ALS (NCT03280056); this trial investigated the safety and efficacy of repeat-administration of autologous MSC-NTF cells and was supported by a grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM CLIN2-0989). BrainStorm completed under an investigational new drug application a Phase 2 open-label multicenter trial (NCT03799718) of autologous MSC-NTF cells in progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) and was supported by a grant from the National MS Society (NMSS).
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.brainstorm-cell.com.
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