miRagen, Investigators from Goethe University and University Hospital Frankfurt and Servier Publish MRG-110 Phase 1 Pharmacodynamic Biomarker Data in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

Company Release - 07/28/2020

FRANKFURT, Germany and BOULDER, Colo., July 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Goethe University, University Hospital Frankfurt and miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGEN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of RNA-targeted therapies, today announced that preliminary results from a Phase 1 trial detailing the pharmacodynamic activity of MRG-110 has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Nucleic Acid Therapeutics.

“We are pleased to have these Phase 1 mechanism of action results for MRG-110 published in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics,” said William S. Marshall, Ph.D., President and CEO of miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. “These data show that a single systemic dose of MRG-110 reduced detectable miR-92a levels in the peripheral blood of humans and led to the regulation of several well established miR-92a target genes.”

“The preliminary characterization of MRG-110 pharmacodynamic activity in the peripheral blood of humans provides important insight into the development of potential blood borne mechanistic biomarkers for miR-92a inhibition,” added Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler, Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration at the Center for Molecular Medicine, Goethe University Frankfurt. “We believe these data provide the basis for further development of readily monitorable biomarkers that can be employed in future clinical trials.”

The article, titled “Efficiency and Target Derepression of Anti-miR-92a: Results of a First in Human Study,” reports mechanistic results from a single ascending dose, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized Phase 1 clinical trial. The trial was a study where MRG-110 was administered systemically by intravenous dosing. miR-92a levels were measured in whole blood, circulating endothelial cells, and circulating extracellular vesicles before and after MRG-110 administration. miR-92a levels were found to be significantly reduced in all three of the sample types tested. Importantly, two miR-92a target genes were derepressed after treatment, indicating the intended mechanism of action of MRG-110 in normal healthy volunteers. These data may identify a strategy for measuring pharmacodynamic activity of MRG-110 in peripheral blood in future clinical trials. This would allow for monitoring the intended mechanism of action in blood samples during the conduct of clinical trials in patients, thereby providing an enhanced degree of confidence that the product candidate is affecting the biological pathway that is intended.

Work reported in the article was the result of a collaboration between Goethe University, University Hospital Frankfurt, miRagen Therapeutics and Les Laboratories Servier. Financial support for the studies was also provided by the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK).

About miRagen Therapeutics, Inc.
miRagen Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing proprietary RNA-targeted therapies with a specific focus on microRNAs and their role in diseases where there is a high unmet medical need. miRagen has three clinical stage product candidates, cobomarsen, remlarsen, and MRG-110. miRagen’s clinical product candidate for the treatment of certain cancers, cobomarsen, is an inhibitor of miR-155, which is found at abnormally high levels in malignant cells of several blood cancers. miRagen’s clinical product candidate for the treatment of pathological fibrosis, remlarsen, is a replacement for miR-29, which is found at abnormally low levels in a number of pathological fibrotic conditions, including cutaneous, cardiac, renal, hepatic, pulmonary and ocular fibrosis, as well as in systemic sclerosis. MRG-110, an inhibitor of miR-92, is miRagen’s product candidate for the treatment of heart failure and other ischemic disease. In addition to these programs, miRagen is developing a pipeline of preclinical product candidates. The goal of miRagen’s translational medicine strategy is to progress rapidly to first-in-human studies once it has established the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamic, safety, and manufacturability of the product candidate in preclinical studies. For more information, please visit www.miragen.com.  For information on clinical trials please visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.

About the University Hospital Frankfurt
The University Hospital Frankfurt, founded in 1914, is one of the leading academic hospitals in Germany. It offers its patients optimal medical care in 32 medical clinics / institutes. University hospital and faculty of Medicine together operate a total of 20 research institutes. The close connection to research ensures patients the prompt implementation of new knowledge in therapeutic practice. Around 1,500 inpatient as well as day clinic beds are available. Numerous institutes are dedicated to medical-scientific specialized services. Annually we take care of 51,000 inpatients and 227,000 outpatients. The University Hospital Frankfurt has special interdisciplinary competence amongst others in the fields of neuroscience, oncology and cardiovascular medicine. As a specialist for organ and bone marrow transplantation, dialysis and cardiac surgery, the clinic takes a special task of supra-regional medical care. Over 4,500 employees (full-time positions) take care of the patients around the clock.

About the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK)
The German Centre for Cardiovascular Research unites high-ranking scientists from all over Germany. It was founded in 2011 with the aim of bundling expertise in cardiovascular research and making it more effective so that research results can be transferred more quickly into clinical application. 1800 researchers from seven partner sites and 30 partner institutions, including university hospitals and non-university research institutions, are involved in the DZHK.

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Corresponding Author:
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler
Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration
Centre of Molecular Medicine
Goethe University Frankfurt
Theodor Stern Kai 7
60590 Frankfurt; Germany
Phone: +49-69-6301-5158
Fax: +49-69-6301-83462


Source: miRagen Therapeutics, Inc.