Topline results expected in Q3 2023
ADELAIDE, Australia, April 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionomics Limited (Nasdaq: BNOX | ASX: BNO) (Bionomics or Company), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel allosteric ion channel modulators for serious central nervous system (CNS) disorders with high unmet medical need, today announced that the Company has completed target enrollment of approximately 200 participants in its randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center Phase 2b ATTUNE clinical trial evaluating BNC210 in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Topline results are expected in the third quarter of 2023.
“2023 is on track to be a pivotal and milestone-rich year for Bionomics. Completing enrollment in the Phase 2b ATTUNE trial paves the way for a timely topline readout and highlights our mid- and late-stage clinical development capabilities. We would like to extend our continuing gratitude to trial participants, their families and to our investigators and their staff for their shared commitment to our trial and to addressing the needs of patients with CNS diseases,” said Spyros Papapetropoulos, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Bionomics. “Our momentum continues to grow following promising results with BNC210 in our Phase 2 PREVAIL study in Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Together, our SAD and PTSD programs hold the promise of transforming the treatment paradigm in two highly prevalent neuropsychiatric disorders.”
ATTUNE is a Phase 2b double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study of 900 mg BNC210 given twice daily as monotherapy treatment for PTSD. Study participants are randomized 1:1 to receive either placebo or BNC210. Key inclusion criteria include being 18-75 years of age, having a current PTSD diagnosis with a Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) total symptom severity score of ≥ 30 at screening and baseline, and ≤ 25% decrease in CAPS-5 score from screening to baseline. The primary endpoint is change in CAPS-5 total symptom severity scores from baseline to week 12 compared to placebo. Secondary endpoints include change from baseline to week 12 compared to placebo on the PTSD-checklist (PCL-5), anxiety (Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, HAM-A), depression (Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale, MADRS), Clinician Global Impression (CGI), Patient Global Impression (PGI), sleep (Insomnia Severity Index, ISI) and disability (Sheehan Disability Scale, SDS). Approximately 200 participants have been enrolled at 27 sites in the United States and 7 sites in the United Kingdom. For more information, see ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04951076.
About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric condition that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, series of events or set of circumstances. People with PTSD have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that persist long after the traumatic event has ended. They may relive the event through flashbacks or nightmares, may feel sadness, fear or anger and may experience a sense of detachment or estrangement from others. As a result of these feelings, people with PTSD may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, and they may have strong negative reactions to commonplace stimuli such as loud noises or an accidental touch.
BNC210 is a negative allosteric modulator of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor under development for the treatment of SAD and PTSD. BNC210 has been given FDA Fast Track designation for treatment of PTSD and other trauma and stressor related disorders and for acute treatment of SAD and other anxiety related disorders.
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About Bionomics Limited
Bionomics (ASX:BNO, NASDAQ:BNOX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel, allosteric ion channel modulators designed to transform the lives of patients suffering from serious CNS disorders with high unmet medical need. Bionomics is advancing its lead drug candidate, BNC210, an oral, proprietary, selective negative allosteric modulator of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, for the acute treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and chronic treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Beyond BNC210, Bionomics has a strategic partnership with Merck & Co., Inc. (known as MSD outside the United States and Canada) with two drugs in early-stage clinical trials for the treatment of cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease and other central nervous system conditions.
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