NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Revance Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVNC), a biotechnology company developing botulinum toxin products for use in treating aesthetic and therapeutic conditions, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug designation for the Company’s product candidate, DaxibotulinumtoxinA for Injection (RT002), to treat cervical dystonia, a movement disorder of the neck, in adults.
“Cervical dystonia is a chronically painful and debilitating condition that can dramatically impact a patient’s quality of life. In our Phase 2 trial, RT002 appeared to be generally safe and well-tolerated and showed a clinically significant reduction and long-lasting improvement of subjects’ symptoms,” said Dan Browne, President and Chief Executive Officer at Revance. “We are pleased that the FDA granted Orphan Drug Designation for this promising therapy. Once we integrate the Orphan Drug Designation benefits into our development plans and receive feedback from both the FDA and the European regulatory authority on our proposed clinical path, we plan to announce the next steps for our cervical dystonia program in early 2018.”
The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development grants orphan designation to drugs and biologics intended for treatment of rare diseases or conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Orphan drug designation provides certain developmental and financial benefits to sponsors planning to test a product for use in a rare disease or condition. These benefits may include tax credits for qualified clinical trials costs and exemption from FDA user fees.
About Cervical Dystonia
According to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, whose mission is to advance research, promote awareness and education, and support the needs of affected individuals, cervical dystonia is a painful condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing abnormal movements and awkward posture of the head and neck. The movements may be sustained (tonic), jerky (clonic), or a combination. Cervical dystonia (also referred to as spasmodic torticollis) may be primary (meaning that it is the only apparent neurological disorder, with or without a family history) or may be brought about by secondary causes (such as physical trauma). It can result in considerable pain and discomfort.
Treatments for cervical dystonia include oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, surgery, and complementary therapies. Botulinum toxin can help block the communication between the nerve and the muscle and may alleviate abnormal movements and postures. Current botulinum toxin treatments for cervical dystonia have a duration of effect of approximately three months. Cervical dystonia can occur at any age, although most individuals first experience symptoms in middle age. It affects a few hundred thousand adults and children in the United States alone. Revance estimates the global market for treating muscle movement disorders with botulinum toxins, including cervical dystonia, was nearly $1 billion in 2015.
About Revance Therapeutics, Inc.
Revance, a Silicon Valley-based biotechnology company, is committed to the advancement of remarkable science. The company is developing a portfolio of products for aesthetic medicine and underserved therapeutic specialties, including dermatology, orthopedics and neurology. Revance’s science is based upon a proprietary peptide technology, which when combined with active drug molecules, may help address current unmet needs. Revance’s initial focus is on developing daxibotulinumtoxinA, the company’s highly purified botulinum toxin, for a broad spectrum of aesthetic and therapeutic indications, including facial wrinkles and muscle movement disorders.
The company’s lead drug candidate, DaxibotulinumtoxinA for Injection (RT002), is currently in development for the treatment of glabellar lines, cervical dystonia and plantar fasciitis with the potential to be the first long-acting neuromodulator. The company holds worldwide rights to RT002 injectable and RT001 topical and the pharmaceutical uses of its proprietary peptide technology platform. More information on Revance may be found at www.revance.com.
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