Positive Data from FIREFISH Study of Evrysdi™ (risdiplam) in Infants with Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy Published in The New England Journal of Medicine

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Feb. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTCT), today announced the publication of results from the dose finding Part 1 of the pivotal FIREFISH study evaluating Evrysdi™ (risdiplam) in infants with symptomatic type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The Part 1 data showed that patients treated with Evrysdi at 12 months demonstrated significant improvement in survival and developmental milestones, including the ability to survive without permanent ventilation, and the ability to sit without support for at least five seconds. Data from the study also demonstrated increased levels of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, which is critical for maintaining nerve and muscle function.
"The positive data published in The New England Journal of Medicine reinforces the benefits of Evrysdi and substantiates over a decade of work building our splicing platform to develop treatments for patients with diseases of high unmet medical need, like SMA," said Stuart W. Peltz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, PTC Therapeutics. "We believe the platform has broad potential for a large number of target genes across many disease areas."
The table below depicts improvements across Part 1 FIREFISH study after 12 months of treatment*:
Pharmacodynamic data show infants receiving the recommended dose of Evrysdi had a median 1.9-fold increase from baseline of SMN protein at 12 months of treatment, with blood SMN protein concentration reaching its highest median value of 5.87 ng/ml (n=17; range 2.84 to 8.76) at four weeks, and at 12 months the median value was 5.66 ng/ml (n=15; range 2.66 to 8.60).
FIREFISH is an open-label, two-part, pivotal clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability, efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) in infants with type 1 SMA. Part 1 was a dose-escalation study with the primary objective of assessing the safety profile of risdiplam in infants and determining the dose for Part 2. The median duration of treatment was 14.8 months at the time of analysis. The median age at enrollment was 6.7 months and symptom onset between the ages of 28 days to 3 months.
Evrysdi is designed to treat SMA by increasing and sustaining the production of the SMN protein. SMN protein is found throughout the body and is critical for maintaining healthy motor neurons and movement. Roche leads the clinical development of Evrysdi as part of a collaboration with the SMA Foundation and PTC Therapeutics. Evrysdi is marketed in the United States by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.
About Evrysdi™ (risdiplam)
Evrysdi™ is a survival motor neuron 2 (SMN2)-directed RNA splicing modifier designed to treat SMA caused by mutations in chromosome 5q that lead to SMN protein deficiency. Evrysdi is designed to distribute evenly to all parts of the body, including throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Evrysdi is administered daily at home in liquid form by mouth or feeding tube. In August 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Evrysdi for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy for adults and children 2 months and older. Evrysdi is marketed in the United States by Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. Evrysdi is also approved in seven countries and has been filed in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Clinical Trial Safety Data
The safety profile of Evrysdi was established across FIREFISH and SUNFISH pivotal trials. The most common adverse reactions in later-onset SMA (incidence of at least 10 percent of patients treated with Evrysdi™ and more frequently than control) were fever, diarrhea, and rash. The most common adverse reactions in infantile-onset SMA were similar to those observed in later-onset SMA patients. Additionally, the most common adverse reactions (incidence of at least 10 percent) were upper respiratory tract infection, pneumonia, constipation, and vomiting.
About the Risdiplam Clinical Studies
FIREFISH (NCT02913482) – An open-label, two-part pivotal clinical trial in infants with type 1 SMA. Part 1 was a dose-escalation study in 21 infants with the primary objective of assessing the safety profile of risdiplam in infants and determining the dose for Part 2. Part 2 is a pivotal, single-arm study of risdiplam in 41 infants with type 1 SMA treated for two years followed by an open-label extension. Enrollment for Part 2 was completed in November 2018. The primary objective of Part 2 was to assess efficacy as measured by the proportion of infants sitting without support after 12 months of treatment, as assessed in the Gross Motor Scale of the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development – Third Edition (BSID-III) (defined as sitting without support for five seconds). The study met its primary endpoint.
SUNFISH (NCT02908685) – A two part, double-blind, placebo controlled pivotal study in people aged 2 to 25 years with types 2 or 3 SMA. Part 1 (n=51) determined the dose for the confirmatory Part 2. Part 2 (n=180) evaluated motor function using total score of Motor Function Measure 32 (MFM-32) at 12 months. MFM-32 is a validated scale used to evaluate fine and gross motor function in people with neurological disorders, including SMA. The study met its primary endpoint.
In addition to FIREFISH and SUNFISH, Evrysdi™ is being evaluated in a broad range of people with SMA, including in:
JEWELFISH (NCT03032172) – An open-label exploratory trial designed to assess the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics (PK) and pharmacodynamics (PD) in people with SMA aged 6 months to 60 years who received other investigational or approved SMA therapies for at least 90 days prior to receiving Evrysdi™. The study has completed recruitment (n=174).
RAINBOWFISH (NCT03779334) – An open-label, single-arm, multi-center study, investigating the efficacy, safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of risdiplam in babies (~n=25), from birth to 6 weeks of age (at first dose), with genetically diagnosed SMA, who are not yet presenting with symptoms. The study is currently recruiting.
About Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a severe, progressive neuromuscular disease that can be fatal. It affects approximately one in 10,000 babies and left untreated is the leading genetic cause of infant mortality. SMA is caused by a mutation of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, which leads to a deficiency of SMN protein. This protein is found throughout the body and is essential to the function of nerves that control muscles and movement. Without it, nerve cells cannot function correctly, leading to muscle weakness over time. Depending on the type of SMA, an individual’s physical strength and their ability to walk, eat or breathe can be significantly diminished or lost.
About PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
PTC is a science-driven, global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of clinically differentiated medicines that provide benefits to patients with rare disorders. PTC’s ability to globally commercialize products is the foundation that drives investment in a robust and diversified pipeline of transformative medicines and our mission to provide access to best-in-class treatments for patients who have an unmet medical need.
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