Relmada Therapeutics Announces Issuance of Key U.S. Patent Covering d-Methadone, an NMDA Receptor Antagonist, for the Treatment of Depression and Other Psychiatric Symptoms
Clinical development plans for Phase II d-Methadone proof-of-concept study are underway.
NEW YORK, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Relmada Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB: RLMD), a clinical-stage company developing novel therapies for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent 9,468,611 for "d-Methadone for the Treatment of Psychiatric Symptoms." The patent contains claims that provide broad coverage for d-Methadone (dextromethadone, REL-1017), an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, as a treatment for psychological and psychiatric disorders, comprising depression, anxiety, fatigue, and mood instability including pseudo-bulbar affect (PBA) for which there is currently only one U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment.
"The issuance of this key patent, which covers our lead product candidate REL-1017, further expands our intellectual property position," said Sergio Traversa, CEO of Relmada Therapeutics. "We look forward to initiating a Phase II proof-of-concept study with REL-1017 as a rapidly acting depression treatment as soon as feasible."
In May 2016, Relmada reported positive results from an in vivo study to determine whether REL-1017 elicits antidepressant-like effects within 24 hours after a single administration based on results of the forced swim test, a well-validated animal model to predict antidepressant effects. At all doses tested, REL-1017 significantly decreased immobility of rats compared to the vehicle, suggesting antidepressant-like activity. In addition, the effect of REL-1017 on immobility at the two highest doses tested was larger than the effect seen with ketamine, a noncompetitive NMDA receptor antagonist that has been thoroughly characterized in this model and has demonstrated rapid onset of activity in several clinical studies targeting treatment of depression, but has also been shown in multiple studies to present a high risk of toxicity.
About d-Methadone (dextromethadone, REL-1017)
Relmada's lead product candidate, REL-1017, is a new chemical entity (NCE) being developed as a rapid acting, oral agent for the treatment of depression, neuropathic pain, and/or other potential CNS pathological conditions. The Company has completed Phase I single and multiple ascending dose studies and has confirmed safety, tolerability, and dose range for planned Phase II studies in treatment-resistant depression (TRD).
As an enantiomer of racemic methadone, REL-1017 has been shown to possess NMDA antagonist properties with virtually no opioid activity at the expected therapeutic doses. The activation of NMDA receptors has been associated with both depression and neuropathic pain and it is expected that REL-1017 will have a role in depression and pain management by blocking this activity. In contrast, racemic methadone is a long-acting narcotic used in the treatment of various pain states and as a substitution therapy in opioid addiction and is associated with typical opioid side effects.
REL-1017's mechanism of action, as a non-competitive NMDA channel blocker or antagonist, is fundamentally differentiated from all commercially available antidepressants, as well as all atypical antipsychotics used adjunctively with standard, FDA-approved antidepressants.
About Relmada Therapeutics, Inc.
Relmada Therapeutics is a clinical-stage, publicly traded biotechnology company developing novel versions of proven drug products together with new chemical entities that potentially address areas of high unmet medical need in the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The Company has a diversified portfolio of four products at various stages of development, including d-Methadone (dextromethadone, REL-1017), an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist for depression and neuropathic pain; LevoCap ER (REL-1015), an abuse resistant, sustained release dosage form of the opioid analgesic levorphanol; oral buprenorphine (BuTab, REL-1028), an oral dosage form of the opioid analgesic buprenorphine; and topical mepivacaine (MepiGel, REL-1021), an orphan drug designated topical formulation of the local anesthetic mepivacaine. The Company's product development efforts are guided by the internationally recognized scientific expertise of its research team. The Company's approach is expected to reduce clinical development risks and costs while potentially delivering valuable products to address areas of high unmet medical needs. For more information, please visit Relmada's website at: www.relmada.com.
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Relmada Therapeutics Inc.
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Released October 19, 2016