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October 3, 2013
08:12 EDTALNYAlnylam, collaborators publish ALN-PCS clinical trial results
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced the publication in The Lancet of complete study results from a Phase I trial with ALN-PCS. The paper reports the results of a study evaluating single intravenous dose administration of ALN-PCS, in the absence of concomitant lipid-lowering agents such as statins. Specifically, ALN-PCS administration resulted in a rapid, dose-dependent reduction in plasma PCSK9 of up to 84% relative to baseline and placebo, with a corresponding reduction in serum levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, a clinically validated endpoint, of up to 57% relative to baseline and placebo. The knockdown of PCSK9 and lowering of LDL-C were also found to be durable, with effects lasting for weeks after a single dose. This new paper documents the first human proof of concept for an RNAi therapeutic impacting a clinically validated endpoint.
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October 1, 2014
08:06 EDTALNYAlnylam initiates EXPLORE trial
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and collaborators from the American Porphyria Consortium and The European Porphyria Network have initiated the EXPLORE trial, a prospective observational study of patients with hepatic porphyrias, including Acute Intermittent Porphyria, Variegate Porphyria, and Hereditary Coproporphyria, suffering from recurrent attacks. With this study, Alnylam and clinical investigators aim to learn more about the clinical course, management, and disease burden of patients with hepatic porphyrias that suffer from recurrent attacks. Alnylam is currently advancing ALN-AS1, a subcutaneously administered investigational RNAi therapeutic targeting aminolevulinic acid synthase 1 for the treatment of hepatic porphyrias, and expects to file an IND or IND equivalent in late 2014 or early 2015. EXPLORE is a prospective, multi-center observational study designed to enroll up to 100 patients with hepatic porphyrias and a history of recurrent attacks. The study’s primary objective is to characterize the natural history, clinical management, and disease burden of patients with hepatic porphyrias. The study’s secondary objectives are to further characterize a number of disease features of hepatic porphyrias, including: (i) signs and symptoms of porphyria during acute attacks; (ii) levels of plasma and urinary aminolevulinic acid and porphobilinogen, the toxic intermediates of the heme biosynthesis pathway that cause the symptoms and disease pathology of the acute hepatic porphyrias; (iii) expression levels of aminolevulinic acid synthase-1 during acute attacks; and (iv) medical and family history of hepatic porphyria patients. Data obtained from EXPLORE are expected to further the understanding of hepatic porphyrias and to assist the design of clinical trials with ALN-AS1.
07:28 EDTALNYLeerink to hold a roundtable
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September 26, 2014
07:32 EDTALNYBioCentury to hold a conference
21st Annual NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry Conference to be held in New York on September 26.
September 24, 2014
08:08 EDTALNYAlnylam initiates DISCOVERY trial
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September 18, 2014
07:49 EDTALNYAlnylam resumed with an Outperform at Leerink
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