SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cortexyme, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRTX), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering upstream therapeutic approaches to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases, today announced that the International Nonproprietary Naming Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) has selected atuzaginstat (pronounced “a too za’ gin stat”) as the proposed International Nonproprietary Name, or pINN, for the company’s lead product candidate COR388. Atuzaginstat is an oral, twice-daily investigational medicine in late stage clinical development for Alzheimer’s disease that is designed to inhibit lysine gingipain, a virulence factor protease released by P. gingivalis.
“Atuzaginstat is a first-in-class small molecule with a novel mechanism of action. WHO’s INN Expert Group created a new suffix ‘-ginstat’ for designation of this and future gingipain inhibitors,” said Casey Lynch, Cortexyme’s chief executive officer, co-founder, and chair. “When a substance exhibits a novel mode of action, a new INN stem may be established. We look forward to potentially making atuzaginstat available as a disease-modifying therapeutic option for patients with Alzheimer’s.”
WHO’s INN Expert Group assigns simple, informative and unique nonproprietary names for drugs to allow for clear communication among health professionals and to identify chemical/pharmacological relationships.
About Cortexyme, Inc.
Cortexyme (Nasdaq: CRTX) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company pioneering upstream therapeutic approaches designed to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases. Based upon the evidence generated to date, Cortexyme is currently advancing its lead therapeutic candidate, atuzaginstat (COR388), in the GAIN Trial, an ongoing Phase 2/3 clinical trial in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Cortexyme is targeting a specific, infectious pathogen found in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients and tied to neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation in animal models. To learn more about Cortexyme, visit www.cortexyme.com or follow @Cortexyme on Twitter.
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