PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Knopp Biosciences LLC, a privately held drug discovery and development company focused on delivering breakthrough treatments for inflammatory and neurological diseases of high unmet need, today announced that the company will present its precision medicine Kv7 activator program for the treatment of KCNQ2-neonatal epileptic encephalopathy (KCNQ2-NEE) at the Antiepileptic Drug and Device Trials XV Conference, to be held in Miami, FL on May 22-24. KCNQ2-NEE, a rare genetic epilepsy, results from mutations in genes encoding the Kv7.2/Kv7.3 ion channel, leading to frequent seizures and abnormal brain development.
Presentation Title: Targeting Kv7.2/7.3 Activators for the Treatment of KCNQ2-NEE
Speaker: Steven Dworetzky, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Knopp Biosciences
Date & Time: May 24, 2019, 10:00 am Eastern Time
Ion channels are proteins that regulate the excitability of cells, and drugs that modulate ion channels play an important role in treating a variety of neurological and cardiovascular conditions. Among ion channel targets, potassium channels play a key role in the pathophysiology of epilepsy and other unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system. Knopp is advancing a library of Kv7.2/7.3 channel activators to modulate this key ion channel in nerve cells, targeting a devastating genetic mutation associated with neonatal encephalopathy, as well as other rare epilepsies and neuropathic pain.
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Knopp Biosciences is a privately held drug discovery and development company focused on delivering breakthrough treatments for inflammatory and neurological diseases of high unmet need. Knopp’s clinical-stage small molecule, dexpramipexole, is entering Phase 3 development in hypereosinophilic syndrome and Phase 2 clinical studies in eosinophilic asthma. Knopp’s preclinical Kv7 platform is directed to small molecule treatments for neonatal epileptic encephalopathy, other rare epilepsies, and neuropathic pain. Please visit www.knoppbio.com.
Knopp's Kv7 research is supported under Award Number U44NS093160 of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The content of this announcement is solely the responsibility of Knopp and does not necessarily represent the views of the NIH.
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