CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synlogic, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYBX), the leading company advancing therapeutics based on synthetic biology, today announced that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued a positive opinion on the Company’s application for orphan designation for SYNB1934 for the treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU).
“We are pleased that the EMA has issued a positive opinion for orphan designation for SYNB1934, in recognition of the urgent need for new treatment options for people living with this devastating disease,” said Aoife Brennan, M.B. Ch.B., Synlogic President and Chief Executive Officer. “This designation also comes at a pivotal time as we prepare to begin our Phase 3 trial for PKU in the first half of this year.”
SYNB1934 has also been granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
About the European Medicines Agency Orphan Designation
The EMA’s orphan designation is available to companies developing treatments for life-threatening or chronically debilitating conditions that affect fewer than five in 10,000 persons in the European Union (EU). Medicines that meet the EMA’s orphan designation criteria qualify for financial and regulatory incentives that include a 10-year period of marketing exclusivity in the EU after product approval, protocol assistance from the EMA at reduced fees during the product development phase and access to centralized marketing authorization.
SYNB1934 is an orally administered, non-systemically absorbed drug candidate being studied as potential biotherapeutic for phenylketonuria (PKU). PKU is an inherited rare metabolic disease caused by an inborn error of metabolism that impairs the breakdown of phenylalanine (Phe), an amino acid found in all protein-containing foods. Treatment options for PKU are currently limited, with a majority of individuals with PKU in need of treatment or not adequately responding to treatment. Synlogic designed SYNB1934 to reduce levels of Phe in people with PKU by consuming Phe in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, using genetic engineering of the well-characterized probiotic E. coli Nissle. Findings to date support the potential for an oral, efficacious, safe, convenient, and flexible treatment option for PKU. SYNB1934 has also been granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Synlogic is the leading company advancing therapeutics based on synthetic biology. Synlogic’s pipeline includes its lead program in phenylketonuria (PKU), which has demonstrated proof of concept with plans to start a pivotal, Phase 3 study in the first half of 2023, and additional novel drug candidates designed to treat homocystinuria (HCU), enteric hyperoxaluria and gout. The rapid advancement of these potential biotherapeutics, called Synthetic Biotics, has been enabled by Synlogic’s reproducible, target-specific drug design. Synlogic uses programmable, precision genetic engineering of well-characterized probiotics to exert localized activity for therapeutic benefit, with a focus on metabolic and immunological diseases. In addition to its clinical programs, Synlogic has a research collaboration with Roche on the discovery of a novel Synthetic Biotic for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Synlogic has also developed two drug candidates through a research collaboration with Ginkgo Bioworks: SYNB1353, designed to consume methionine for the potential treatment of HCU, and SYNB2081, designed to lower uric acid for the potential treatment of gout. For additional information visit www.synlogictx.com.
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