COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Jan. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ascendis Pharma A/S (Nasdaq:ASND), a biopharmaceutical company that utilizes its innovative TransCon technology to address significant unmet medical needs in rare diseases, today announced it has reached its target enrollment in the phase 3 heiGHt Trial of TransCon Growth Hormone for pediatric growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Given strong enthusiasm for the trial from investigators and subjects, as well as a commitment to those still in screening who may qualify, the company expects to randomize over 160 subjects. Based on one-year follow-up, top-line results are anticipated in the first quarter of 2019.
“Our TransCon Growth Hormone product candidate, which is in development as a once-weekly therapy for pediatric GHD, is now one step closer to patients. We have exceeded our target enrollment in this pivotal trial and we look forward to announcing top-line results early next year,” said Jan Mikkelsen, Ascendis Pharma’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our phase 2 data suggested that TransCon Growth Hormone was comparable to a daily growth hormone therapy in terms of efficacy, safety, and tolerability. As a long-acting growth hormone that delivers unmodified growth hormone, we believe TransCon Growth Hormone can help address the ongoing unmet need for a convenient long-acting growth hormone therapy with efficacy, safety and tolerability similar to daily alternatives.”
The heiGHt Trial is a randomized, open-label, active-controlled phase 3 study evaluating treatment-naïve children with GHD who receive either once-weekly TransCon Growth Hormone (0.24 mg/kg/week) or daily Genotropin® (34 µg/kg/day or 0.24 mg/kg/week). The primary endpoint of the trial is annualized height velocity at 52 weeks. The primary statistical analysis will be a non-inferiority analysis comparing the two arms.
Patients completing the heiGHt Trial may enroll in the enliGHten Trial, the company’s open-label long-term extension study. Ascendis Pharma is also conducting the fliGHt Trial to evaluate TransCon Growth Hormone in patients who have previously been treated with daily growth hormone therapy.
About Ascendis Pharma A/S
Ascendis Pharma is applying the TransCon technology platform to build a leading rare disease commercial company. The company utilizes its innovative TransCon technology to address significant unmet medical needs in rare diseases by potentially improving clinically validated parent drugs and creating therapies with potential for best-in-class efficacy, safety and/or convenience.
Ascendis Pharma has a wholly-owned pipeline of rare disease endocrinology programs, including once-weekly TransCon Growth Hormone, which is currently being evaluated in a phase 3 program for children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), TransCon PTH, a long-acting prodrug of parathyroid hormone for hypoparathyroidism currently in a phase 1 trial, and TransCon CNP, a long-acting prodrug of C-type Natriuretic Peptide for achondroplasia. Additionally, Ascendis Pharma has multi-product collaborations with Sanofi in diabetes and Genentech in the field of ophthalmology.
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