VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Alpha Cognition Inc. (TSX-V: ACOG) (OTCQB: ACOGF) (“Alpha Cognition,” or the “Company”), a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing novel therapies for people with debilitating neurodegenerative disorders, today announced positive results from a bioequivalence study with ALPHA-1062, a proprietary, delayed release oral tablet formulation in development for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
The company elected to conduct this additional study which was designed to demonstrate pharmacokinetic (PK) equivalence between 5mg ALPHA-1062 delayed release tablets and 8 mg galantamine hydrobromide extended release (ER) capsules. These data, coupled with the positive pivotal data released in June, establish bioequivalence to both formulations of galantamine hydrobromide and strengthen the NDA application for ALPHA-1062 in mild-to-moderate AD, planned for Q2 2023.
The study was a two-treatment, two-period, crossover study wherein 40 subjects were randomly assigned 1:1 to either treatment with ALPHA-1062 5mg twice daily, or galantamine hydrobromide 8mg ER capsules once daily, for 7 days. After a one-week washout period, subjects were then crossed over to the other treatment arm and dosed for 7 days.
Topline results confirmed that in healthy adult volunteers treated to steady state, ALPHA-1062 was bioequivalent to galantamine hydrobromide ER. In the pre-specified primary analysis, ALPHA-1062 achieved area-under-the-curve and peak exposures of approximately 107% and 127%, respectively, compared to those generated by galantamine hydrobromide ER. As expected, Cmax results for ALPHA-1062 is bracketed between galantamine hydrobromide IR and ER (lower than IR, higher than ER) providing a robust and enhanced data set for the NDA filing. These data further describe the delayed release profile of ALPHA-1062 and strengthen the NDA data set by characterizing the therapeutic and acceptable exposures compared to both the immediate release and extended release products.
Cedric O’Gorman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Alpha Cognition, commented, “We are delighted with these additional positive registrational bioequivalence results from our second study of our lead asset, ALPHA-1062, which further strengthens our NDA filing. We have successfully demonstrated that ALPHA-1062 is bioequivalent to two different release formulations of galantamine hydrobromide, the immediate release and the extended release. ALPHA-1062, a prodrug of galantamine, was designed to limit gastrointestinal side effects and, if approved, could provide a meaningful advancement for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.”
About Alpha Cognition Inc.
Alpha Cognition Inc. is a clinical stage, biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing treatments for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), for which there are limited treatment options.
ALPHA-1062 is a patented new chemical entity being developed as a new generation acetylcholinesterase inhibitor for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, with expected minimal gastrointestinal side effects. ALPHA-1062’s active metabolite is differentiated from donepezil and rivastigmine in that it binds neuronal nicotinic receptors, most notably the alpha-7 subtype, which is known to have a positive effect on cognition. ALPHA-1062 is also being developed in combination with memantine to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s dementia and as an intranasal formulation for traumatic brain injury.
ALPHA-0602 (Progranulin) is expressed in several cell types in the central nervous system and in peripheral tissues, promotes cell survival, regulates certain inflammatory processes, and plays a significant role in regulating lysosomal function and microglial responses to disease. Its intended use for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases has been patented by the Company and Alpha-0602 has been granted an Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of ALS by the FDA. ALPHA-0702 and ALPHA-0802 are Granulin Epithelin Motifs, or GEMs, derived from full length progranulin which have therapeutic potential across multiple neurodegenerative diseases. GEMs have been shown to be important in regulating cell growth, survival, repair, and inflammation. Alpha-0702 and ALPHA-0802 are designed to deliver this with potentially lower toxicity, and greater therapeutic effect.
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