- On track to initiate Phase 3 for treatment of phenylketonuria (PKU) in H2 2022 -
- Additional milestones include multiple clinical read-outs across programs including enteric hyperoxaluria and homocystinuria (HCU) during 2022 -
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synlogic, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYBX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing medicines for metabolic and immunological diseases through its proprietary approach to synthetic biology, today provided an update on progress towards multiple 2022 clinical milestones.
“The past year was transformational for Synlogic as we achieved clinical proof of concept in phenylketonuria (PKU), a disease that causes tremendous burden to all of those affected. Current treatments leave a need for a safe, effective, and convenient oral treatment option and we are thrilled to be on track to begin the pivotal Phase 3 program in the second half of 2022,” said Aoife Brennan, M.B. Ch.B., Synlogic President and Chief Executive Officer. “Last year brought additional progress, including clinical proof of mechanism in enteric hyperoxaluria, a research collaboration with Roche and a new clinical candidate for homocystinuria (HCU) developed in partnership with Gingko Bioworks. Our plans for 2022 will build on this progress with multiple clinical data readouts expected across our programs.”
Clinical Programs and Anticipated 2022 Milestones
In rare metabolic diseases, Synlogic reported positive interim data from the Phase 2 SynPheny-1 study in patients with PKU with its lead drug candidate, SYNB1618, in September 2021. PKU is an inherited inborn error of metabolism that results in significant disease burden, with current options leaving the majority of PKU patients either untreated or in need of better treatment options. In November, Synlogic announced SYNB1353, a drug candidate designed to consume methionine in the gastrointestinal tract developed through the Company’s research collaboration with Gingko Bioworks, for the treatment of HCU, an inherited inborn error of metabolism that, like PKU, results in significant disease burden with limitations in today’s treatment options.
In April 2021, Synlogic reported proof-of-mechanism with robust dose-dependent urinary oxalate lowering for SYNB8802, which is being developed for the treatment of enteric hyperoxaluria, a progressive, chronic disease characterized by recurrent kidney stones and risk of progressive kidney damage.
Synlogic’s research collaboration with Roche to develop a Synthetic Biotic drug candidate for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease is continuing with the potential for additional research milestones during 2022. Synlogic and Ginkgo are also advancing their research collaboration to include additional, undisclosed preclinical assets.
Expected clinical milestones across these programs include:
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Upcoming Industry and Banking Conferences
Synlogic will participate in the banking and industry conferences listed below in early 2022. Recorded presentations will be available at https://investor.synlogictx.com.
H.C. Wainwright BIOCONNECT Virtual Conference. Synlogic will present a corporate update at the H.C. Wainwright BIOCONNECT Virtual Conference taking place from January 10-13, 2022. The recorded presentation will be available beginning Monday, January 10, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
BIO CEO & Investor Conference. Synlogic will attend and present at the 2022 BIO CEO & Investor Conference taking place virtually and in-person from February 14-17, 2022, in New York City.
11th Annual SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference. Synlogic will attend and present at the 11th Annual SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference taking place virtually from February 14-18, 2022.
Synlogic is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing medicines through its proprietary approach to 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 second half of 2022, and additional novel drug candidates designed to treat homocystinuria (HCU) and enteric hyperoxaluria. The rapid advancement of these potential biotherapeutics, called Synthetic Biotics, has been enabled by Synlogic’s proprietary, reproducible, target-specific drug design. Synlogic uses precision genetic engineering of well-characterized probiotics to exert localized activity for therapeutic benefit, with a focus on metabolic and immunologic diseases. Synlogic is also working with Roche in a research collaboration focused on the discovery of a novel Synthetic Biotic for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and with Ginkgo Bioworks to include additional undisclosed preclinical assets, combining Synlogic’s approach to Synthetic Biotics with Ginkgo’s Codebase and Foundry services. For additional information visit www.synlogictx.com.
About SYNB1618 and SYNB1934
SYNB1618 and SYNB1934 are orally administered, non-systemically absorbed drug candidates being studied as potential treatments for phenylketonuria (PKU), a genetic disease caused by potentially neurotoxic levels of the amino acid phenylalanine (Phe). Treatment options for PKU are currently limited due to efficacy and safety, with an estimated 80% of US patients remaining in need of treatment, and many of those who are treated in need of additional Phe-lowering. Synlogic designed drug candidates to reduce levels of Phe in people with PKU using precision genetic engineering of the well-characterized probiotic E. coli Nissle. Findings to date support the potential for an efficacious, safe, convenient, and flexible treatment option for PKU, and SYNB1618 has received both Orphan Drug and Fast Track designations by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both drug candidates are being studied in the Phase 2 Synpheny-1 study, with data expected in H1 2022, and initiation of the Phase 3 program to begin in H2 2022.
SYNB1353 is a novel orally administered, non-systemically absorbed drug candidate designed to consume methionine in the gastrointestinal tract thereby lowering homocysteine levels in patients with homocystinuria (HCU). HCU is an inherited disorder characterized by high levels of homocysteine and risks including thromboembolism, lens dislocation, skeletal abnormalities, developmental delay, and intellectual disability. Treatment options for HCU are currently limited due to efficacy and tolerability. SYNB1353 is currently in IND-enabling studies and was developed as part of a research collaboration with Synlogic and Gingko Bioworks. Synlogic holds worldwide development and commercialization rights to SYNB1353, which is expected to begin clinical development and report Phase 1 data in healthy volunteers in H2 2022.
SYNB8802 is a novel, orally administered, non-systemically absorbed drug candidate being developed for the treatment of enteric hyperoxaluria, a chronic, progressive disease characterized by high levels of urinary oxalate, the leading cause of recurrent kidney stones. Oxalate crystals can damage kidneys, leading to chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). SYNB8802 was designed using precision genetic engineering of the well-characterized probiotic E. coli Nissle to lower urinary oxalate levels by consuming oxalate throughout the GI tract. In 2021, Synlogic reported positive proof-of-mechanism for SYNB8802 from a Phase 1b study that demonstrated lowering of urinary and fecal oxalate levels in healthy volunteers with diet-induced hyperoxaluria. Data from a proof-of-concept study assessing the lowering of urinary oxalate in patients who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is expected in 2022.
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