KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trevena, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRVN), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of biased ligands targeting G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), today announced that data highlighting its preclinical TRV250 program will be presented in an oral presentation at the International Headache Congress being held in Valencia, Spain, May 14-17, 2015.
“Our preclinical data suggests TRV250 may safely activate the delta receptor in the central nervous system, and could become a first-in-class therapy for migraine and other CNS disorders,” said Maxine Gowen, Ph.D., chief executive officer. “TRV250 is Trevena’s fourth biased ligand product candidate in development, which highlights the productivity of our platform in delivering differentiated new chemical entities targeting important unmet clinical needs.”
Aimee Crombie, Ph.D., director of chemistry, will give an oral presentation entitled “TRV250: a novel biased ligand at the delta receptor for the potential treatment of migraine” in a session scheduled for 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. local time on Friday, May 15. The presentation will describe the preclinical profile of TRV250 and its actions at the delta opioid receptor, a CNS target with potential benefits in migraine and other CNS disorders. Previous efforts to develop selective delta receptor ligand drugs have been hindered by seizure risk which, in Trevena studies, was associated with delta receptor signals mediated by the scaffold protein β-arrestin2. Compared to previously described ligands, TRV250 elicits markedly reduced β-arrestin2 recruitment to the delta receptor. TRV250 is active in models of acute and chronic migraine as well as models of depression, anxiety, and pain, including pain associated with central sensitization. TRV250 displayed very broad safety margins in multiple preclinical species, and is not expected to have addiction or abuse liability associated with mu-opioid agonists like morphine and oxycodone.
TRV250 is an oral delta receptor biased ligand with promise as a migraine therapy, with a potential first-in-class mechanism that may benefit treatment-refractory patients who cannot take or do not benefit from triptan drugs. TRV250 may also have utility in a range of other CNS indications, and targets a receptor that is not associated with the addiction liability of mu opioid drugs like morphine or oxycodone.
Trevena, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and intends to commercialize therapeutics that use a novel approach to target G protein coupled receptors, or GPCRs. Using its proprietary product platform, Trevena is developing four biased ligand product candidates it has identified - TRV027 to treat acute heart failure (Phase 2b), TRV130 to treat moderate to severe acute pain intravenously (Phase 2b), TRV734 to treat moderate to severe acute and chronic pain orally (Phase 1), and TRV250 for treatment-refractory migraine and other CNS disorders (preclinical).
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