Project Lucy Submits Pre-IND Briefing Package to the FDA; Agrees Q1 Interim Analysis of Swiss Phase 2a Trial of LSD Assisted Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
NEW YORK and BASEL, Switzerland, Nov. 16, 2020 — MindMed (NEO: MMED), (OTCQB: MMEDF), (DE: MMQ), a leading psychedelic medicine biotech company, has received a positive response on its protocol design for a Phase 2a clinical trial evaluating microdoses of LSD in the treatment of adult ADHD from the Swiss and Dutch health authorities. MindMed has also successfully submitted a pre-IND briefing package to the FDA for its Project Lucy, a potential Phase 2b Efficacy Trial evaluating LSD Assisted Therapy in anxiety disorders. In addition, the company has now reached an agreement with University Hospital Basel Liechti Lab to conduct an interim analysis anticipated in Q1 2021 for its Phase 2a clinical trial of LSD assisted therapy for anxiety disorders currently ongoing in Switzerland.
Microdose LSD Positive Regulatory Response
MindMed’s Phase 2a Proof of Concept study evaluating microdoses of LSD for the treatment of Adult ADHD has successfully reached an agreement on the study protocol with both the Swiss and Dutch health authorities. MindMed is working with our site coordinators in Switzerland and the Netherlands on our patient recruitment strategy and will provide updates on recruitment progress in due course. MindMed anticipates dosing to begin in patients in the second half of next year at both of our sites in Basel, Switzerland and Maastricht, Netherlands. MindMed’s clinical and technical operation teams are in the process of producing and preparing the GMP LSD material necessary to begin dosing for the Phase 2a commercial drug trial.
J.R. Rahn, MindMed co-founder and co-CEO said: “We are very pleased with the positive response from the Swiss and Dutch regulators on our protocol design evaluating microdoses of LSD for Adult ADHD in our planned Phase 2a trial. Our team has been working diligently to prepare this trial and we are very excited to begin recruitment and plan on dosing ADHD patients in the second half of 2021.”
MindMed’s microdosing division is now evaluating the potential for additional microdosing technologies as part of our R&D efforts and growing its portfolio of microdose-related clinical trials.
Submission of Pre-IND Briefing Package to the FDA
MindMed’s clinical and regulatory team has recently completed a pre-IND briefing package and submitted it last week to the FDA in preparation for a pre-IND call with the FDA in December. Data from a recently completed Phase 1 dose range finding study by the Liechti Lab together with multiple other Phase 1 studies conducted both in patients and healthy volunteers over the past 10 years helped define the dosing regimen proposed by MindMed to the FDA for the proposed Phase 2b clinical trial.
These efforts at FDA and our clinical strategy for LSD are being led by MindMed President Dr. Miri Halperin Wernli and her team of drug development experts and scientific collaborators. Dr. Halperin Wernli added: “Our team worked very diligently throughout the third quarter to prepare the pre-IND briefing package, drawing on support from many of our scientific collaborators and domain experts. We hope to open the IND for this Phase 2b trial and to begin treating patients in 2021.”
Swiss Phase 2a Study Interim Analysis
MindMed was able to agree with the Liechti Lab and receive approval from the ethics committee at the University Hospital Basel to undertake an interim readout and analysis of the Phase 2a study using LSD assisted therapy for anxiety disorders being conducted in Switzerland by Dr. Matthias Liechti and Dr. Peter Gasser. MindMed in partnership with the Liechti Lab will conduct this interim analysis of the Phase 2a clinical trial data in Q1 2021. The study has been ongoing for close to four years and MindMed eagerly awaits the analysis and results from the interim readout of the study.
MindMed maintains an exclusive license to this Phase 2 study as part of our license agreement with the University Hospital Basel. More info on the trial can be found here:
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