“It is an important step for GlycoMimetics and the investigational sites to have enrolled the final patient in our study of GMI-1070 in VOC of sickle cell disease,” said Helen Thackray, M.D., Vice President of Clinical Development and Chief Medical Officer of GlycoMimetics. “Evaluating GMI-1070 in the treatment of individuals with sickle cell who have been hospitalized with vaso-occlusive crisis represents a critical next step towards potentially fulfilling an important medical need in this historically underserved patient population. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration underscored the importance of advancing new treatments for sickle cell when it granted GMI-1070 with Fast Track designation and Orphan Product status.”
In 2011, GlycoMimetics entered into a worldwide license agreement with Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) to develop and, if approved by applicable regulatory authorities, to commercialize GMI-1070 for all indications. The agreement provides potential value to GlycoMimetics of over $340 million upon achievement of certain regulatory and commercial milestones, plus tiered, double-digit royalties.
In December 2012 at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, researchers shared data from a pilot study of GMI-1070 via an oral presentation, which was entitled, “Pan-selectin Antagonist GMI-1070 Affects Biomarkers of Adhesion, Activation and the Coagulation Cascade in Sickle Cell Patients at Steady State.” Data from the study demonstrated that GMI-1070 affects a number of biomarkers important in sickle cell disease, including some known to be involved in VOC.
GlycoMimetics has selected vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) of sickle cell disease as the first potential indication to explore with GMI-1070. Inflammation is a key mediator of VOC, a condition that represents a significant unmet medical need. Sickle cell disease is one of the most prevalent genetic disorders in the U.S., affecting over 80,000 people. It is a chronic condition causing substantial illness and death. For example, VOC is responsible for more than 75,000 hospitalizations per year in the U.S. with an average stay of approximately six days.
The main clinical feature of sickle cell disease is periodic painful VOC episodes, known as VOC or pain crises, which result in significant clinical complications. Treatment for VOC today consists primarily of supportive therapy, in the form of hydration and pain control, typically requiring extended hospitalization.
About GlycoMimetics, Inc.
GlycoMimetics is a privately held biotechnology company that capitalizes on advances in the field of glycobiology to treat inflammation, cancer, and infectious diseases. The company uses rational design of small molecule drugs that mimic the functions of bioactive carbohydrates to develop new drug candidates. For additional information, please visit the company’s web site: http://glycomimetics.com.
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