CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Scholar Rock (NASDAQ: SRRK), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on advancing innovative treatments for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), cardiometabolic disorders, and other serious diseases where protein growth factors play a fundamental role, today announced a poster presentation at the upcoming Keystone Symposia’s Obesity: Causes and Consequences meeting, to be held February 4 – 6, 2024, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Scholar Rock will present preclinical data evaluating SRK-439 in combination with GLP-1 receptor agonists in obesity to maintain lean mass and enhance fat mass loss.
“Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs) have emerged as effective treatments with rapid implementation for obesity, a recognized global epidemic. However, the weight loss resulting from GLP-1 RA treatment has been shown to be associated with significant loss of lean muscle mass. Retaining muscle mass is critical to overall metabolic health, including improved glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity, bone density and strength. These data support the potential of SRK-439 to support healthier, safer, and more sustainable weight loss with GLP-1 RA therapy,” said Mo Qatanani, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Research at Scholar Rock.
Details of the presentation are as follows:
Title: SRK-439, a Selective Anti-Pro and Latent Myostatin Antibody, Maintains Lean Mass and Enhances Fat Mass Loss in Models of Pharmacologically Induced Weight Loss
Presentation type: Poster presentation
Presenter: Melissa Fulham, PhD, Senior Scientist II, Scholar Rock
Date and time: Monday, February 5, 2024, 7:30 PM PST
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada
For conference information, visit https://www.keystonesymposia.org/
Abstracts will be viewable to registered attendees 7 days in advance of the conference. The presentation will be made available in the Publications & Posters section of Scholar Rock’s website following the presentation.
SRK-439 is a novel, preclinical, investigational myostatin inhibitor that has high in vitro affinity for pro- and latent myostatin and maintains myostatin specificity (i.e., no GDF11 or Activin-A binding), and is initially being developed for the treatment of obesity. Based on preclinical data, SRK-439 has the potential to support healthier weight management by preserving lean mass. The efficacy and safety of SRK-439 have not been established and SRK-439 has not been approved for any use by the FDA or any other regulatory agency.
About Scholar Rock
Scholar Rock is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and delivers life-changing therapies for people with serious diseases that have high unmet need. As a global leader in the biology of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) superfamily of cell proteins and named for the visual resemblance of a scholar rock to protein structures, the clinical-stage company is focused on advancing innovative treatments where protein growth factors are fundamental. Over the past decade, Scholar Rock has created a pipeline with the potential to advance the standard of care for neuromuscular disease, cardiometabolic disorders, cancer, and other conditions where growth factor-targeted drugs can play a transformational role.
Scholar Rock is the only company to show clinical proof-of-concept for a muscle-targeted treatment in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This commitment to unlocking fundamentally different therapeutic approaches is powered by broad application of a proprietary platform, which has developed novel monoclonal antibodies to modulate protein growth factors with extraordinary selectivity. By harnessing cutting-edge science in disease spaces that are historically under-addressed through traditional therapies, Scholar Rock works every day to create new possibilities for patients. Learn more about our approach at ScholarRock.com and follow @ScholarRock and on LinkedIn.
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