NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc (NASDAQ: MNMD), (NEO: MMED), (the “Company” or “MindMed”), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel product candidates to treat brain health disorders, announced today that it has entered into a license agreement with Catalent, a leader in enabling the development and supply of better treatments for patients worldwide, to access Catalent’s proprietary Zydis® orally disintegrating tablet (ODT) technology.
Under the terms of the licensing agreement, Catalent has granted MindMed access to its Zydis technology for the development of MindMed’s lead product candidate MM-120 (lysergide D-tartrate), which is a proprietary, pharmaceutically optimized form of lysergide. The agreement also provides MindMed with exclusive rights for the use of the Zydis technology to develop all salt and polymorphic forms of lysergide in the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union among other key territories. Zydis ODT is a unique, freeze-dried, oral solid dosage form that disperses almost instantly in the mouth, without the need for water. Zydis is also recognized as one of the world’s best performing ODTs and has well-established advantages over conventional oral dosage forms, including improved patient compliance, adherence and convenience.
“We aim to develop best-in-class brain health treatments that have the potential to reach patients in need and are pleased to be working with Catalent, a global CDMO leader with broad, deep-scale expertise in delivery technologies, and multi-modality manufacturing capabilities to reach this objective”, said Robert Barrow, Chief Executive Officer and Director of MindMed. “ODT formulations have the potential to result in enhanced bioavailability and more rapid absorption, which could ultimately culminate in a shorter treatment session for MM-120. We believe that the Zydis ODT delivery technology, when incorporated into our MM-120 product candidate, represents an optimized pharmaceutical product that has the potential to enhance our competitive advantage in the marketplace and continue to expand our intellectual property estate. If granted, based on our current and ongoing applications that incorporate the Zydis ODT platform, MM-120 would benefit from numerous patents with first expiration dates beginning in 2042.”
“Catalent has a proven track record in working with partners to bring novel therapies through the clinic and to market quickly and we look forward to working with MindMed in the development of this potentially life-changing new product candidate,” said Tom Hawkeswood, President, Division Head of Pharma Product Delivery at Catalent. “The Zydis technology platform has been shown to be very versatile and effective in developing easy-to-administer dose forms for innovators, and its superiority over other ODTs has been illustrated by its use in the launch of more than 36 products in over 60 countries.”
MindMed is currently conducting a Phase 2b trial evaluating MM-120 for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with topline data expected in the fourth quarter of 2023. This Phase 2b trial is a multi-center, parallel, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-optimization study. The participants are randomized to receive a single administration of 25 µg, 50 µg, 100 µg or 200 µg of MM-120 or placebo. The primary objective is to determine the reduction in anxiety symptoms four weeks after a single administration of MM-120, compared across the five treatment arms. Key secondary objectives, measured up to 12 weeks after the single administration, include assessments of anxiety symptoms, safety and tolerability, as well as other measures of efficacy and quality of life. More information about the trial is available on our website (mindmed.co), the trial website (anxietyresearchstudy.com) or on clinicaltrials.gov (identifier NCT05407064). In addition, MindMed is in the process of initiating a Phase 1 pharmacokinetics bridging study to support advancement of the MM-120 ODT formulation into pivotal clinical trials.
MindMed is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel product candidates to treat brain health disorders. Our mission is to be the global leader in the development and delivery of treatments that unlock new opportunities to improve patient outcomes. We are developing a pipeline of innovative product candidates, with and without acute perceptual effects, targeting neurotransmitter pathways that play key roles in brain health disorders.
MindMed trades on NASDAQ under the symbol MNMD and on the Canadian NEO Exchange under the symbol MMED.
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