- IND-Enabling Studies Demonstrated Potential of a Single I.V. Administration of HMI-203 to Address Peripheral and CNS Components of Disease -
- Data at WORLDSymposium™ Support Plans to Initiate a HMI-203 Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial This Year -
BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)—Homology Medicines, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIXX), a clinical-stage genetic medicines company, announced today the first scientific presentation of data from IND-enabling studies with its HMI-203 gene therapy development candidate for Hunter syndrome (MPS II). The results from Homology’s in vivo approach demonstrated the potential of HMI-203 to address peripheral manifestations in the murine disease model and showed that HMI-203 crossed the blood-brain-barrier following a single I.V. administration. These data will be presented during a poster presentation at the 17th Annual WORLDSymposium™ Meeting, where Homology will also present long-term data from its HMI-202 in vivo gene therapy program for metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD).
“By leveraging our family of AAVHSC vectors to target both peripheral organs and the central and peripheral nervous systems in preclinical models of Hunter syndrome and MLD, debilitating diseases that have high unmet medical need, we also demonstrated the continued expansion of our CNS platform,” stated Albert Seymour, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer of Homology Medicines. “This is our first presentation of preclinical data from our Hunter syndrome gene therapy program, and these IND-enabling studies showed that a single I.V. administration produced high levels of enzymatic expression across disease-relevant tissues and achieved phenotypic correction of skeletal deformities. These results support our plans to move this program forward into a Phase 1/2 clinical trial this year.”
In the poster titled, “HMI-203: Investigational Gene Therapy for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II), or Hunter Syndrome,” a single I.V. administration of HMI-203 in the adult murine model:
- Led to robust biodistribution and sustained human I2S (hI2S) enzyme expression, which resulted in:
- Significant reductions in key Hunter syndrome biomarkers of heparin sulfate glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) and lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1 (LAMP-1) in the brain, liver, heart, spleen, lung and kidneys compared with vehicle.
- Significant reductions in heparan sulfate GAGs in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) compared with vehicle.
- Ameliorated paw deformities, as shown by significant changes in measurements of ankle depth, paw width, paw depth and ankle width compared with vehicle.
- Led to uptake of hI2S from the serum of the HMI-203-treated model in human cell lines, demonstrating potential for cell cross-correction.
In an additional poster titled, “HMI-202: Gene Therapy Development Candidate for Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD),” a single I.V. administration of HMI-202:
- Crossed the blood-brain-barrier and blood-nerve-barrier in the murine MLD disease model and in non-human primates (NHPs), with human ARSA (hARSA) detected in neuronal and glial cells.
- Showed durable hARSA activity in the central nervous system of the disease model, with distribution levels resembling those of Arsa in normal age-matched controls.
- Demonstrated significant changes in key MLD biomarkers of LAMP-1, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), MAL transcript and neuronal sulfatides in the disease model compared with vehicle, similar to age-matched wild type controls.
Homology’s e-poster presentations will take place on February 11, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. ET. For more information, visit www.homologymedicines.com/publications.
About Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II), Hunter Syndrome
MPS II, or Hunter syndrome, is a rare, X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS) gene, which is responsible for producing the I2S enzyme that breaks down large sugar molecules, or cellular waste, called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Severe Hunter syndrome results in toxic lysosomal accumulation of GAGs that causes progressive debilitation and decline in intellectual function. Hunter syndrome occurs in approximately 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 170,000 males, and the severe form leads to life expectancy of 10 to 20 years.
About Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)
MLD is a rare lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in the ARSA gene. ARSA is responsible for the creation of the arylsulfatase A (ARSA) protein, which is required for the breakdown of cellular components. In MLD, these cellular components accumulate and destroy myelin-producing cells in the peripheral and central nervous system leading to progressive and serious neurological deterioration. The late infantile form of the disorder is estimated to affect 1 in 40,000 people, and it is fatal within five to ten years after onset.
About Homology Medicines, Inc.
Homology Medicines, Inc. is a clinical-stage genetic medicines company dedicated to transforming the lives of patients suffering from rare genetic diseases with significant unmet medical needs by curing the underlying cause of the disease. Homology’s proprietary platform is designed to utilize its human hematopoietic stem cell-derived adeno-associated virus vectors (AAVHSCs) to precisely and efficiently deliver genetic medicines in vivo either through a gene therapy or nuclease-free gene editing modality across a broad range of genetic disorders. Homology has a management team with a successful track record of discovering, developing and commercializing therapeutics with a particular focus on rare diseases, and intellectual property covering its suite of 15 AAVHSCs. Homology believes that its compelling preclinical data, scientific expertise, product development strategy, manufacturing capabilities and intellectual property position it as a leader in the development of genetic medicines. For more information, please visit www.homologymedicines.com.
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