SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cortexyme, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRTX) today announced that its GAIN Trial for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has exceeded its enrollment target of 570 patients. GAIN is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2/3 trial of atuzaginstat (COR388), Cortexyme’s lead investigational medicine, in patients with mild to moderate AD. The GAIN Trial’s protocol includes an interim analysis on the study’s co-primary cognitive and global endpoints after approximately 300 patients reach 24 weeks of treatment, and this interim analysis is expected to occur before year-end 2020. Top-line results of the GAIN Trial’s final analysis, to be performed once all study subjects complete the one-year study, are expected in Q4 2021.
The GAIN Trial was designed to enroll patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, randomized 1:1:1 to receive atuzaginstat 40 mg twice a day, 80 mg twice a day a day, or placebo. GAIN Trial enrollment has already exceeded the enrollment targets in the three double-blind arms. Although new screening of patients for the double-blind arms has ended, eligible patients who have already screened for the study will continue to enroll over the next several weeks.
“The GAIN Trial is an important study of a potential new approach to addressing Alzheimer’s. We are pleased the trial has reached this milestone on schedule, and we look forward to completing the trial’s interim analysis before year-end 2020,” said Michael Detke, M.D., Ph.D., Cortexyme’s Chief Medical Officer. “The significant need for new therapeutic options for Alzheimer’s patients grows every day, and we are encouraged by the body of evidence supporting atuzaginstat’s mechanism of action, which is ‘upstream’ of other approaches.”
Atuzaginstat targets the toxic proteases, or gingipains, produced by P. gingivalis, which have been discovered in greater than 90% of post-mortem brains of patients with AD and shown to produce Alzheimer’s pathology in infected animals. P. gingivalis is best known as a keystone bacterium in the development of periodontal disease. The GAIN Trial includes a periodontal sub-study, in which approximately 40% of GAIN Trial participants are also assessed for endpoints of efficacy in periodontal disease. Of the sub-study participants enrolled to date, greater than 90% had moderate to severe periodontal disease at baseline.
For more information about the GAIN Trial, visit www.GAINtrial.com.
About the GAIN Trial
The GAIN (GingipAIN Inhibitor for Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease) Trial is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2/3 trial evaluating the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of atuzaginstat (COR388), Cortexyme’s investigational gingipain inhibitor, in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The GAIN Trial also includes a sub-study measuring the efficacy of COR388 on symptoms of periodontal disease including gingival pocket depth. The GAIN Trial has been enrolling since the second quarter of 2019, with top-line results from the study’s final analysis expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. For more information on the trial, visit www.gaintrial.com.
Cortexyme, Inc. (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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