LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: LBPH), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel, transformative medicines for neurological diseases, today announced that it has completed enrollment of its Phase 1b/2a clinical trial, the PACIFIC Study, which is evaluating LP352, an oral, centrally acting 5-HT2C receptor superagonist, in 52 participants with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEEs). The primary objectives of the study are to assess the safety and tolerability of LP352. The PACIFIC Study will also evaluate change in seizure frequency over the treatment period, and data are expected to inform the design and characteristics of the planned Phase 3 program for LP352. Participants who complete the PACIFIC Study are eligible to roll over into the ongoing open-label extension trial should they choose to do so.
“Completing enrollment of the PACIFIC Study is a tremendous milestone for Longboard and we are very pleased to see strong interest from the DEE patient community, underscoring the great unmet need that remains,” stated Dr. Randall Kaye, Longboard’s Chief Medical Officer. “We would like to thank the entire DEE community, including participants, their families and the advocates, as well as the investigators, sites and coordinators for their participation and continued collaboration. This achievement brings us one step closer to helping people living with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies.”
“I am excited about the innovative approach of conducting clinical research in DEEs more broadly given the significant unmet need and limited access to novel and targeted therapies that exists in the majority of patients living with refractory epilepsies. I look forward to seeing the PACIFIC data and the potential of LP352,” said Dennis Dlugos, MD, MSCE, pediatric neurologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Vice President & Officer of the Epilepsy Study Consortium, and Principal Investigator of the PACIFIC Study.
“We are pleased to see Longboard’s commitment to advancing the rare and refractory epilepsy space. The inclusive nature of the PACIFIC Study is unique and exciting, especially given that people living with certain DEEs have not had access to newer therapies and clinical trials,” said Tracy Dixon-Salazar, PhD, Executive Director of the LGS Foundation. “There is a dire need for continued improvement in research and innovation for these severe syndromes, and we are looking forward to the outcome of the PACIFIC Study.”
ABOUT THE PACIFIC STUDY
The PACIFIC Study is a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial evaluating participants with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEEs). The primary objectives of the study are to assess the safety and tolerability of LP352. The PACIFIC Study will also evaluate change in seizure frequency over the treatment period. The study enrolled 52 participants with a variety of treatment resistant seizures that fall into the category of DEE across approximately 30 study sites in the United States and Australia. The PACIFIC Study data are expected to inform the design and characteristics of the planned Phase 3 program for LP352. Participants who complete the PACIFIC Study are eligible to roll over into the ongoing open-label extension (OLE) trial should they choose to do so. The OLE is a Phase 2 multicenter, open-label, multiple-dose, long-term extension clinical trial designed to evaluate long-term safety of LP352 in participants with DEEs who have completed the PACIFIC Study.
ABOUT DEVELOPMENTAL AND EPILEPTIC ENCEPHALOPATHIES
DEEs refer to a group of severe heterogeneous epilepsies that are characterized by drug resistant seizures and significant developmental delay.
Importantly, if seizure control can be improved, developmental delay may slow. Most DEEs begin early in life, often starting in infancy. Children can have frequent and severe seizures which may be of multiple types. Epileptic spasms, tonic or atonic seizures and myoclonic seizures, among other seizure types, can be seen. In many cases, seizures are life long, although in some instances they can abate with time with certain syndromes or specific causes.
ABOUT LONGBOARD PHARMACEUTICALS
Longboard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel, transformative medicines for neurological diseases. Longboard is working to advance a portfolio of centrally acting product candidates designed to be highly selective for specific G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Longboard’s small molecule product candidates are based on more than 20 years of GPCR research. Longboard is evaluating LP352, an oral, centrally acting 5-hydroxytryptamine 2C (5-HT2C) receptor superagonist, with no detectable activity on 5-HT2B and 5-HT2A receptor subtypes, in development for the potential treatment of seizures associated with a broad range of Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies. Longboard is also evaluating LP659, an oral, centrally acting, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor subtypes 1 and 5 modulator, which is in development for the potential treatment of multiple neurological diseases.
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