RALEIGH, NC / ACCESSWIRE / April 19, 2021 / 9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ:NMTR), a clinical-stage company focused on rare and unmet needs in gastroenterology, announced today that the Company will enter into a collaboration with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) to support the clinical development of 9 Meters' candidate NM-002, a proprietary long-acting GLP-1 agonist, currently in Phase 2 development for short bowel syndrome (SBS).
SBS is a life-threatening orphan disease caused by a significant shortening of the gastrointestinal tract, leading to impaired nutrient absorption. Many SBS patients rely at least partly on parenteral support, an intravenous method of providing hydration, essential nutrients and electrolytes.
'Patients with SBS suffer from severe symptoms like chronic diarrhea, and many rely on parenteral support to maintain proper nutrient uptake,' said Patrick H. Griffin, M.D., chief medical officer of 9 Meters. 'NM-002 has shown positive topline data to date with improvements in total stool output and bowel frequency in patients, as well as rapid onset and sustained clinical effects following the first dose. We're excited to have the opportunity to establish this collaboration with such a renowned institute like the DCRI and integrate their expertise and resources as we progress NM-002 through clinical development for patients living with this debilitating disease.'
9 Meters' clinical trial is a Phase 2, double-blind, multicenter, placebo-controlled, parallel group study of the safety, efficacy and tolerability of NM-002 in adult patients with short bowel syndrome. Total stool output will serve as the primary endpoint in this study. Topline data is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2021, with a Phase 3 expected to begin in the same quarter.
NM-002 is a long-acting injectable glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist designed specifically to treat gastric motility in SBS patients by slowing digestive transit time, which may reduce reliance on parenteral support. NM-002 utilizes the proprietary XTEN® technology to extend circulating half-life. 9 Meters previously announced positive topline data from its Phase 1b/2a study in adult patients suffering from SBS.
About 9 Meters Biopharma
9 Meters Biopharma, Inc. ('the Company') is a rare and unmet needs-focused gastroenterology company. The Company is advancing NM-002, a proprietary long-acting GLP-1 agonist into a Phase 2 trial for short bowel syndrome (SBS), a rare, orphan disease, as well as larazotide, a Phase 3 tight junction regulator being evaluated for patient-reported symptom improvement in non-responsive celiac disease.
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