NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2022 /CNW/ -- Mind Medicine (MindMed) Inc. (NASDAQ: MNMD), (NEO: MMED), (DE: MMQ) (the "Company"), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing psychedelic-inspired therapies for the treatment of brain-based disorders, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared MindMed's Investigational New Drug (IND) application, allowing the Company's Phase 2b dose-optimization trial of MM-120 for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to proceed.
The previously announced clinical hold on the IND was lifted following MindMed's rapid responses for additional information related to the participant monitoring protocol in the upcoming study. The Company is working with study investigators and clinical trial sites to prepare for participant enrollment, which is expected to start in early 2022.
"FDA clearance of our Phase 2b clinical trial represents a major milestone, for MindMed and for the industry as a whole," said Robert Barrow, Chief Executive Officer and Director of MindMed. "This trial, the first commercial study of LSD in more than 40 years, builds on productive discussions with FDA and provides an opportunity to explore improvements in anxiety symptoms following a single administration of MM-120. Further, the results of this trial will guide the dose selection and development strategy for our pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials, as well as deepen our scientific understanding of the clinical effects of MM-120 and its underlying mechanisms of action."
Mr. Barrow continued, "With a clear regulatory path, we look forward to building on this momentum and advancing this trial as quickly and efficiently as possible, bringing us significantly closer to transforming the treatment landscape for patients who suffer from anxiety."
About Study MMED008
Study MMED008 is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-optimization Phase 2b trial in patients with GAD. The trial plans to enroll a total of 200 participants who will receive a single administration of up to 200 µg of MM-120 or a placebo control. The primary objective of the study is to determine the reduction in anxiety symptoms for up to twelve weeks after a single administration of MM-120, compared across five treatment arms.
About Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD is a chronic, often debilitating mental health disorder that affects approximately 6% of U.S. adults in their lifetimes. Symptoms of GAD include excessive anxiety and worry that persists for over six months, which can lead to significant impairments in social, occupational and other functioning, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). While there is substantial diagnostic overlap between GAD, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and other major mental health disorders, there has been very little innovation focused on the treatment of GAD in the past several decades due to the shift in focus from anxiety disorders like GAD toward depressive disorders like MDD, driven by the marketing of serotonin reuptake inhibitors starting in the 1990s.
MM-120 is MindMed's proprietary drug candidate, a pharmacologically optimized form of LSD being developed for GAD and other brain-based disorders. LSD was first synthesized in 1938 and its psychoactive properties were discovered in 1943. From 1949 to 1966, LSD was used by psychiatrists and researchers to gain insights into the world of brain health and to assist psychotherapy. LSD has been investigated for its applications in the treatment of anxiety associated with terminal cancer, alcoholism, opioid use disorder, and depression, among other conditions.
MindMed is a clinical-stage psychedelic medicine biotech company that seeks to discover, develop and deploy psychedelic-inspired medicines and therapies to address addiction and mental illness. The Company is assembling a compelling drug development pipeline of innovative treatments based on psychedelic substances including psilocybin, LSD, MDMA, DMT and an ibogaine derivative, 18-MC. The MindMed executive team brings extensive biopharmaceutical experience to MindMed's approach to developing the next generation of psychedelic-inspired medicines and therapies. MindMed trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol MNMD and on the Canadian NEO Exchange under the symbol MMED. MindMed is also traded in Germany under the symbol MMQ.
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