Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNS), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat rare seizure disorders, today announced it will host a virtual Scientific Exhibit at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting (AES2020) from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern Time today. At the Scientific Exhibit, Marinus will have 10 posters highlighting the company’s clinical development programs in treating CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD) and refractory status epilepticus (RSE).
“We are excited to share the important insights and data we have compiled for this year’s AES meeting, with four scientific posters, two of which were accepted as late breaking results – one in CDD and another in RSE. We will also highlight key data from the Marigold Study during our Scientific Exhibit, with analyses on patient subsets, preliminary durability of effect in the open label portion of the trial, and on the PK/PD profile of ganaxolone,” said Scott Braunstein, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Marinus Pharmaceuticals. “We also look forward to discussing these data further at our AES Virtual Investor Event later today.”
Highlights from new analyses in the Phase 3 Marigold Study of ganaxolone in CDD presented during the Scientific Exhibit include the following:
“Effect of Ganaxolone on Seizure Frequency Across Subpopulations of Patients with CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder: Subgroup Analyses of the Marigold Study,” by E. M. Pestana-Knight, et al.
An analysis of data from the Marigold Study showed patients on ganaxolone consistently demonstrated numerical improvements in the change in major motor seizure frequency relative to placebo across the following subgroups: age, gender, baseline seizure frequency, number of concomitant antiepileptic drugs, geography and baseline allopregnanolone sulfate levels. These findings support ganaxolone’s effect across the broad CDD population studied. Data collected in patients enrolled in the United States (n=41) showed a stronger effect with a 36.7% estimated difference in major motor seizure frequency relative to placebo.
“Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic Analysis in Ganaxolone-Treated Patients with CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder: Results From the Marigold Study,” by J. Hulihan, et al.
Higher plasma ganaxolone concentrations were correlated with greater reductions in major motor seizure frequency. However, no differences in the rates of relevant adverse events were noted across ganaxolone plasma concentration groups. These findings highlight the importance of achieving adequate plasma ganaxolone concentrations and suggest that three times a day (TID) dosing has the potential to increase trough ganaxolone levels and may provide improved seizure control. In addition, this analysis supports efforts to develop new oral ganaxolone formulations that aim to improve pharmacokinetic properties to better achieve target ganaxolone exposure levels.
“Extended Duration Safety and Efficacy of Ganaxolone for the Treatment of CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder: Preliminary Open-Label Extension Analysis (Marigold Study),” by N. Specchio, et al.
Preliminary data from patients in the open-label extension phase of the Marigold Study as of September 2020 were summarized. Patients on ganaxolone in the double-blind phase continued to experience a maintained improvement in major motor seizure frequency through eight months in the open-label extension, representing approximately 12 months in total on ganaxolone. This group of patients treated with ganaxolone for 12 months (n=17) experienced a median 52.7% reduction in major motor seizure frequency relative to baseline.
Patients on placebo in the double-blind phase showed improvements in major motor seizure frequency when transitioning to open label ganaxolone. These preliminary findings suggest that ganaxolone has the potential to provide clinically meaningful, durable seizure improvements in patients with CDD.
The following posters were presented during the AES Scientific Sessions:
- “Ganaxolone Significantly Reduces Major Motor Seizures Associated with CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase 3 Study (Marigold Study)”; E. M. Pestana-Knight, et al.
- “IV Ganaxolone in Pediatric Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus: A Single Patient Case Study”; R. Singh, et al.
- “Treatment of Super Refractory Status Epilepticus Using Intravenous Ganaxolone in a Patient with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Angelman Syndrome”; M. G. Chez, J. Hulihan, and M. Gasior
- “Status Epilepticus: Inpatient Burden of Illness and Association with Disease Severity”; E. L. Guterman, et al.
For full list of posters presented, please visit the Marinus Website Poster Page.
Marinus is currently recruiting patients in RSE in its Phase 3 RAISE clinical trial. In addition, the company is planning a clinical trial of ganaxolone in Established Status Epilepticus (ESE) in patients presenting to emergency rooms, with a projected trial initiation in 2H 2021. Marinus also intends to continue making ganaxolone available to clinicians who request the drug for treatment of super refractory status epilepticus on a case-by-case basis under emergency IND treatment.
Expanded access program (EAP) in CDD makes ganaxolone broadly available to patients
During AES2020, Marinus announced the launch of an expanded access program (EAP) that will allow the company to offer ganaxolone to U.S. patients with CDD, including children at least two years of age, who were unable to participate in the company’s Phase 3 Marigold Study. This will provide patients with CDD access to ganaxolone under a treatment IND.
CDD Regulatory Plans
Marinus is preparing to meet with the FDA in Q1 2021 in connection with its planned mid-2021 NDA submission for CDD, with a 1H 2021 pre-marketing authorization application (MAA) meeting with the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
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Ganaxolone, a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors, is being developed in intravenous and oral formulations intended to maximize therapeutic reach to adult and pediatric patient populations in both acute and chronic care settings. Unlike benzodiazepines, ganaxolone exhibits antiseizure, antidepressant and anti-anxiety activity via its effects on synaptic and extrasynaptic GABAA receptors. More than 1,600 study participants, both adults and children, have received ganaxolone at therapeutically relevant dose levels and treatment regimens for up to four years.
About Marinus Pharmaceuticals
Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat rare seizure disorders. Ganaxolone is a positive allosteric modulator of GABAA receptors that acts on a well-characterized target in the brain known to have anti-seizure, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects. Ganaxolone is being developed in IV and oral dose formulations intended to maximize therapeutic reach to adult and pediatric patient populations in both acute and chronic care settings. Marinus recently completed the first ever Phase 3 pivotal trial in children with CDKL5 deficiency disorder and is conducting a Phase 2 trial in tuberous sclerosis complex, as well as a Phase 2 biomarker-driven proof-of-concept trial in PCDH19-related epilepsy. The company is initiating a Phase 3 trial in status epilepticus. For more information visit www.marinuspharma.com.
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