ARDSLEY, N.Y., January 29, 2024 - ARMGO Pharma, Inc. (ARMGO), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing a novel class of small molecule drugs known as Rycals®, announced today the publication of the results from a Phase 1b study of its Rycal ARM210 (also known as S48168), for the treatment of Ryanodine Receptor 1 Related Myopathies (RYR1-RM), an orphan muscle disease.
The data was published in a paper entitled ‘Rycal S48168 (ARM210) for RYR1-related myopathies: A phase one, open-label, dose-escalation trial’ authored by Dr Joshua Todd et al in the peer reviewed Journal eClinicalMedicine, part of the Lancet family of publications. The paper reviews data from the Phase 1b study of ARM210 and its novel allosteric mechanism of action (MoA) targeting the root cause of RYR1-RM: mutated Ryanodine Receptor 1 (RYR1).
The RYR1 gene encodes RyR1, an intracellular calcium-release channel that becomes leaky in muscle diseases. Intracellular calcium leaks caused by mutant RyR1 channels impair PRESS RELEASE January 29, 2024 muscle contraction leading to muscle weakness and loss of function, and activate toxic pathways that damage muscle, causing the symptoms in RYR1-RM.
The Phase 1b, open-label, dose-escalation trial confirmed safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of 120 and 200 mg dosing of ARM210 daily over for 29 days in adult men and women affected with RYR1-RM.
Importantly, it also demonstrated preliminary efficacy in the higher dose group in two hallmark symptoms of RYR1-RM: 1) significant alleviation of fatigue assessed by PROMIS-fatigue t-scores and 2) improved proximal muscle strength assessed by physical shoulder abduction exam (Medical Research Council grading). These results warrant further development of ARM210 as a potential disease modifying treatment for RYR1-RM in a randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2 trial.
The completed Phase 1b trial was conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), with the support of the RYR-1 Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
“We are very pleased with the results of the RYR1-RM trial conducted together with the NIH, as the study has confirmed the safety and tolerability of ARM210, but most importantly, it has demonstrated for the first time that our Rycal®, ARM210, can reverse symptoms of this devastating, chronic muscle disease in a short treatment period. That is very promising”, said Gene Marcantonio, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ARMGO Pharma. “We look forward, therefore, to rapidly continuing the development of ARM210 to bring this potential first treatment to RYR1-RM patients with the support of the RYR-1 Foundation and the patient community.”
Michael F. Goldberg, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Chair of Research of the RYR-1 Foundation added, “We are elated by the publication of this important study, as it represents a beacon of hope for the many individuals and families from around the world who are affected by RYR1-RM. We look forward to the next stages in the development of this important drug.”
Further information about this Phase 1b trial can be found online at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/study/NCT04141670. The trial was supported by Intramural Research Programs of the NIH/NINDS, NIH/NINR, a NIH Clinical Center Bench to Bedside Award (2017-551673) and ARMGO’s previous collaboration partner Les Laboratoires Servier. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.