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KaNDy Therapeutics announces initiation of Phase 2b trial of NT-814 for the treatment of troublesome post-menopausal symptoms

Stevenage, UK - KaNDy Therapeutics, a clinical-stage company developing a potential breakthrough non-hormonal treatment for multiple debilitating symptoms of the menopause, today announces initiation of the Phase 2b clinical trial evaluating NT-814 in women with troublesome symptoms of the menopause. The study (called SWITCH-1) will evaluate the effect of treatment with NT-814 on hot flashes and other symptoms of the menopause.

Dr. Steve Pawsey, Chief Medical Officer of KaNDy Therapeutics, said: “We are very pleased to have initiated the Phase 2b, SWITCH-1 study, on schedule with our previous guidance. We anticipate that results from this trial will validate the Phase 2a results and position NT-814 as a novel, non-hormonal treatment for women suffering from troublesome symptoms of the menopause. We will continue to enrol patients over the coming months and look forward to reporting results in late 2019. We expect NT-814 to be fully Phase 3 ready in H2 2020”

Prof. James A. Simon, Coordinating Principal Investigator on the SWITCH-1 Study and Scientific and Clinical Advisor to KaNDy Therapeutics said: “There are millions of women worldwide suffering from debilitating symptoms of the menopause and a non-hormonal treatment that could offer relief would be extremely valuable to this population. NT-814 has delivered very encouraging results to date and I am hopeful that findings from this trial will be equally promising.”

SWITCH-1 is a Phase 2b, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, adaptive study designed to determine the effectiveness and safety of NT-814, taken once daily, for the treatment of troublesome post-menopausal symptoms. Four doses of NT-814 (40 mg once a day, 80 mg once a day, 120 mg once a day and 160 mg once a day) will be investigated and compared to placebo, in five parallel groups. The study is anticipated to enrol approximately 165 postmenopausal women aged 40 to 65 years although the exact number will be determined during the adaptive design reviews. Subjects will participate in the study for a total of approximately 19 weeks, comprising a screening period of three weeks, a 12-week treatment period and then a final follow up visit four weeks after the end of the treatment period. The co-primary efficacy endpoints will be the change from baseline in frequency and severity of moderate and severe hot flashes at Weeks 4 and 12 of treatment.

More information can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov, identifier: NCT03596762

For more information, please contact:

KaNDy Therapeutics

Mary Kerr, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +44 1438 906960

Email: info@kandytherapeutics.com

Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott/ Lindsey Neville/ Carina Jurs

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3709 5700

KaNDyTherapeutics@consilium-comms.com

KaNDy Therapeutics is a clinical-stage company developing a potential breakthrough non-hormonal treatment for multiple debilitating symptoms of the menopause including hot flashes and sleep disturbance due to night sweats. KaNDy’s drug in development, NT-814 is a unique dual mechanism NK(neurokinin)-1,3 receptor antagonist with the potential to ‘switch off’ multiple debilitating symptoms of the menopause without the need for oestrogen exposure.

Data from a Phase 1b/2a study in post-menopausal women with troublesome hot flashes showed NT-814 was able to rapidly and profoundly reduce both the frequency and severity of hot flashes as well as sleep disturbances due to night sweats. NT-814, is now being evaluated in a Phase 2b clinical trial in postmenopausal women with moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms. Headline results are expected at the end of 2019 and NT-814 will be fully Phase 3 ready by H2 2020.

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KaNDy Therapeutics presents new compelling data with lead candidate NT-814 at The North American Menopause Society 2018 Annual Meeting

~ Treatment with NT-814 resulted in immediate improvements in bothersome post-menopausal symptoms~

~ Phase Ib/IIa data showed rapid and significant reductions in the frequency and severity of hot flashes and the number of night time awakenings~

STEVENAGE, England -- KaNDy Therapeutics, a UK clinical-stage biotech company, announces the presentation of new clinical data from the Phase Ib/IIa proof of concept clinical trial with its lead non-hormonal drug candidate, NT-814, at The North American Menopause Society 2018 Annual Meeting taking place from 3-6 October 2018 in San Diego, US.

Data from the Phase Ib/IIa RELENT-1 study, presented by Dr Steve Pawsey, Chief Medical Officer at KaNDy Therapeutics, demonstrate compelling evidence that NT-814, a novel, once-daily, oral neurokinin-1,3 receptor antagonist, being developed to provide a safe and effective alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), produces a rapid and profound reduction in debilitating symptoms of the menopause including vasomotor symptoms (VMS), also known as hot flush or flash (HF), and night time awakenings.

The effects of treatment with NT-814 were immediate in onset, being both statistically significant and clinically relevant as soon as the first day of treatment. In contrast, studies with HRT have shown onset is within weeks or months.

The Phase Ib/IIa data also demonstrated that treatment with NT-814, taken once daily for two weeks at the most effective dose evaluated, resulted in rapid and significant reductions in:

  • the frequency of HF, with a reduction of 62% from baseline in the number of moderate and severe HF vs 24% for placebo in Week 1 (p<0.0014) and an 84% reduction from baseline vs 37% for placebo in week 2 (p<0.0002)

  • the severity of HF, with a reduction of 23% from baseline in average HF severity vs 9% for placebo in week 1 (p<0.015) and a 50% reduction from baseline vs 16% for placebo in Week 2 (p<0.0004)

  • the number of night time awakenings, with a reduction of 58% from baseline vs 17% for placebo in Week 1 (p< 0.0022) and an 81% reduction from baseline vs 32% for placebo in Week 2 (p< 0.0005).

NT-814 was found to be well-tolerated and no safety concerns were identified in the study.

Commenting on the data, Dr Steve Pawsey, Chief Medical Officer at KaNDy Therapeutics said: “These data presented today provide very compelling evidence to support the use of NT-814 to treat bothersome symptoms of the menopause. The fact that the effects of treatment are seen from the first day is extremely promising and positions NT-814 as a real alternative to HRT which can take weeks or months to be fully effective. We are looking forward to progressing this candidate through clinical development, in order to make this treatment commercially available as soon as possible.”

Dr Hadine Joffe, Paula A. Johnson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School, Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Scientific and Clinical Advisor to KaNDy Therapeutics added: “The results generated thus far are indeed promising. HRT is effective and has a number of safety concerns and is slow in onset, so there is a real need for a safe, non-hormonal treatment option which acts quickly to relieve symptoms. This study has shown that NT-814 not only results in rapid and significant reductions in both hot flashes and night-time awakenings, but also that the effects of treatment are immediate. I believe NT-814 could be a potentially breakthrough non-hormonal option for the millions of women who suffer with debilitating symptoms related to menopause.”

Based on these results, KaNDy Therapeutics intends to advance NT-814 into a fully powered Phase IIb definitive dose-ranging study in patients suffering from debilitating symptoms of the menopause. The Phase IIb trial is expected to begin later this year.

The full abstract can be viewed on The NAMS website: https://www.menopause.org/annual-meetings/2018-meeting/meeting-abstracts

About the RELENT-1 Study: The Phase Ib/IIa RELENT-1 study was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at three clinical pharmacology units (CPU) in the US. Seventy-six women aged 41 to 64 years experiencing 7-20 moderate or severe HFs per day were recruited into the study and randomized to receive one of four escalating doses of NT-814 or placebo in four cohorts. Study drug was taken once daily in the morning for 14 days, the first seven of which were resident in the CPU. Subjects completed diaries twice daily for the two weeks before and throughout treatment and underwent routine safety assessments periodically throughout the trial. Further information on the study design can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov and full results of the study will be published at scientific congresses and in peer-reviewed journals over the coming months.

NT-814 is an orally administered, potent and selective small molecule dual antagonist of both the neurokinin-1 and 3 receptors under development by KaNDy as a therapy for a range of Women’s Health conditions. NT-814 addresses VMS by modulating a group of oestrogen sensitive neurones in the hypothalamus in the brain (the KNDy neurones), that, because of the absence of oestrogen in menopausal women, become hyperactive and consequently disrupt body heat control mechanisms resulting in the debilitating vasomotor symptoms of HF.

KaNDy Therapeutics is a clinical-stage company focused on optimizing the potential of NT-814 in the treatment of common, chronic debilitating female sex-hormone related conditions. These conditions, such as post-menopausal VMS, are debilitating for women often over many years and associated with significant healthcare and economic costs.

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info@kandytherapeutics.com

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Consilium Strategic Communications

Mary-Jane Elliott/ Lindsey Neville/ Carina Jurs

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3709 5700

KaNDyTherapeutics@consilium-comms.com

KaNDy Therapeutics announces positive clinical data with lead candidate NT-814 for the treatment of symptoms of the menopause

~ Phase Ib/IIa data showed rapid and highly significant reductions in the frequency and severity of hot flashes and the number of night time awakenings~

~ NT-814 is being developed to provide a valid alternative to hormone replacement therapy and will now move into a Phase IIb trial~

~ KaNDy Therapeutics also announces it will be attending the 16th World Congress on Menopause in Vancouver from 6-9 June~

Stevenage, UK – KaNDy Therapeutics, a UK clinical-stage biotech company, today announces positive data from the Phase Ib/IIa clinical trial with its lead non-hormonal drug candidate, NT-814, for the treatment of symptoms of the menopause. 

Results from the trial provide compelling evidence that NT-814, a novel, once-daily, oral neurokinin-1,3 receptor antagonist, produces a rapid and profound reduction in debilitating symptoms of the menopause including vasomotor symptoms (VMS), also known as HF, and night time awakenings. 

Based on these results, KaNDy Therapeutics intends to advance NT-814 into a fully powered Phase IIb definitive dose-ranging study in patients suffering from debilitating symptoms of the menopause. The Phase IIb trial will begin later this year.

The Phase Ib/IIa RELENT-1 study was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at three clinical pharmacology units (CPUs) in the US.  Seventy-six women aged 41 to 64 years experiencing 7-20 moderate or severe hot flashes/flushes (HF) per week were recruited into the study and randomized to receive one of four escalating doses of NT-814 or placebo.

Treatment with NT-814 once daily for two weeks at the most effective dose evaluated, resulted in rapid and highly significant reductions in:

  • the frequency of HF, with a reduction of 62% from baseline in the number of moderate and severe HF vs 24% for placebo in Week 1 (p<0.0014) and an 84% reduction from baseline vs 37% for placebo in week 2 (p<0.0002)
  • the severity of HF, with a reduction of 23% from baseline in average HF severity vs 9% for placebo in week 1 (p<0.015) and a 50% reduction from baseline vs 16% for placebo in Week 2 (p<0.0004)
  • the number of night time awakenings, with a reduction of 58% from baseline vs 17% for placebo in Week 1 (p< 0.0022) and an 81% reduction from baseline vs 32% for placebo in Week 2 (p< 0.0005).


NT-814 was well tolerated with no safety concerns across the dose range including routine safety labs, liver function tests, ECGs and vital signs.

Professor Richard Anderson, Elsie Inglis Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science, University of Edinburgh, and a scientific and clinical advisor to KaNDY Therapeutics, said: “These are very promising results which suggest that NT-814, a novel once daily treatment taken orally, may offer women with debilitating symptoms of the menopause, a real alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In contrast to HRT, which can take weeks or months to be fully effective, both hot flashes and night-time awakenings responded rapidly and with big changes with NT-814.”

In addition, KaNDy Therapeutics announces it will be attending the 16th World congress on Menopause taking place in Vancouver, Canada, from 6-9 June 2018.  To arrange a meeting with Dr Mary Kerr, Managing Director of KaNDy Therapeutics at the congress, please contact info@kandytherapeutics.com

About the RELENT-1 Study: The Phase Ib/IIa RELENT-1 study was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at three clinical pharmacology units (CPU) in the US.  Seventy-six women aged 41 to 64 years experiencing 7-20 moderate or severe HFs per week were recruited into the study and randomized to receive one of four escalating doses of NT-814 or placebo in four cohorts. Study drug was taken once daily in the morning for 14 days, the first seven of which were resident in the CPU. Subjects completed diaries twice daily for the two weeks before and throughout treatment and underwent routine safety assessments periodically throughout the trial. Further information on the study design can be found on www.clinicaltrials.gov and full results of the study will be published at scientific congresses and in peer-reviewed journals over the coming months. 

NT-814 is an orally administered, potent and selective small molecule dual antagonist of both the neurokinin-1 and 3 receptors under development by KaNDy as a therapy for a range of Women’s Health conditions. NT-814 addresses VMS by modulating a group of oestrogen sensitive neurones in the hypothalamus in the brain (the KNDy neurones), that in menopausal women due to the absence of oestrogen, become hyperactive and consequently disrupt body heat control mechanisms resulting in the debilitating vasomotor symptoms of HF.

KaNDy Therapeutics is a clinical-stage company focused on optimizing the potential of NT-814 in the treatment of common, chronic debilitating female sex-hormone related conditions. These conditions, such as post-menopausal VMS, are debilitating for women often over many years and associated with significant healthcare and economic costs.

For more information, please contact

KaNDy Therapeutics
Mary Kerr, Managing Director of KaNDy Therapeutics
Tel: +44 1438 906960
Email: info@kandytherapeutics.com

Consilium Strategic Communications
Mary-Jane Elliott/ Lindsey Neville/ Carina Jurs
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3709 5700
KaNDyTherapeutics@consilium-comms.com 

KaNDy Therapeutics launched to advance a breakthrough treatment in Women's Health

First-in-class once daily NT-814 spun out of NeRRe Therapeutics into new company

Stevenage, UK - KaNDy Therapeutics has been launched today to maximise the value of NT-814, a potential breakthrough medicine for the treatment of chronic debilitating Women’s Health conditions and is backed by internationally recognised life sciences investors: Advent Life Sciences, Fountain Healthcare Partners, Forbion Capital Partners and OrbiMed Advisors. 

NT-814 is a first-in-class, once daily, dual mechanism neurokinin-1,3 receptor antagonist. The medicine is being developed as a non-hormonal alternative to hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of postmenopausal vasomotor symptoms (PMVMS). NT-814 has been spun out of NeRRe Therapeutics Holdings Ltd into KaNDy Therapeutics Ltd a separate legal entity. 

KaNDy Therapeutics will advance the development of NT-814 into Phase 2b in the lead indication PMVMS while also exploring its potential in other Women's Health conditions. All formulation, pre-clinical and clinical safety and efficacy data, and intellectual property associated with NT-814 have been transferred to the new company. KaNDy Therapeutics is led by Managing Director Mary Kerr and chaired by Iain Dukes, Venture Partner at OrbiMed Advisors. The company is based at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst in the UK. 

NT-814 has significant potential to treat multiple debilitating Women’s Health conditions by virtue of the ability to beneficially modulate dysfunctional temperature control and reproductive hormone pathways. NT-814 has already successfully completed a Phase 2a proof of concept study demonstrating its potential to reduce the frequency and severity of PMVMS, and is now being prepared to enter an international Phase 2b study in this anchor indication. 

Iain Dukes, Chairman of KaNDy Therapeutics, said, “The formation of KaNDy Therapeutics enables us to maximise the potential of NT-814 in a range of debilitating Women's Health conditions. We believe NT-814 is one of the few true innovations in Women’s Health in more than two decades and potentially represents a major breakthrough in areas of significant unmet medical need such as PMVMS. Mary has built up an excellent team who have made substantial progress with NT-814 and we're looking forward to advancing this exciting new product into a Phase 2b programme.”
 
Professor Richard Anderson, Clinical Adviser, University of Edinburgh, commented, “For many women, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes are debilitating and long-lasting, and can have a major impact on quality of life. As a potential once daily alternative to HRT without the issues surrounding hormone replacement, NT-814 could bring them considerable relief.” 

For further information, please contact:
Mary Kerr, Managing Director of KaNDy Therapeutics
Tel:  +44 1438 906960
Email: info@kandytherapeutics.com


About KaNDy Therapeutics
KaNDy Therapeutics is a UK based clinical-stage company focused on optimizing the potential of its unique NK-1,3 receptor antagonist NT-814 in the treatment of common, chronic debilitating female sex-hormone related conditions. NT-814 is in development initially as a non-hormonal therapy to treat moderate to severe post-menopausal vasomotor symptoms (PMVMS)). 

PMVMS affect up to 75% of peri-menopausal women. Symptoms last for 1–2 years after menopause in most women, but may continue for up to 10 years or longer in others. Approximately 20% of women will have debilitating symptoms. Hot flashes are the primary reason women seek medical care at menopause. Hot flashes not only disturb women at work and interrupt daily activities, but also have a detrimental effect on sleep. Post-menopausal vasomotor symptoms are experienced by millions of women globally on a daily basis.

The company is led by an experienced management team including Dr Mary Kerr (Managing Director), formerly SVP and Global Franchise lead at GSK and Dr Mike Trower (CSO/COO), formerly VP & Head of the External Drug Discovery Group in the Neurosciences CEDD at GSK and Dr Steve Pawsey (CMO) formerly at Circassia and Vernalis. 

KaNDy Therapeutics was spun out of NeRRe Therapeutics in September 2017, and is backed by internationally recognised life sciences investors: Advent Life Sciences, Fountain Healthcare Partners, Forbion Capital Partners and OrbiMed Advisors. KaNDy Therapeutics is based at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst. You can find more information about KaNDy Therapeutics at www.kandytherapeutics.com.