Swedish Orphan Biovitrum announces that the FDA has issued a Study may proceed letter for the first study in humans, thereby accepting the investigational new drug (IND) application for the drug candidate SOBI003.
In addition, SOBI003 was granted Fast Track status by the FDA. SOBI003 is a chemically modified human recombinant sulfamidase for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIA (MPS IIIA), a rare metabolic disorder also known as Sanfilippo syndrome type A.
An important step
“We are very pleased with the IND acceptance and Fast Track status granted by the FDA. It is an important step towards initiating the first clinical study with SOBI003 in children affected by MPS IIIA. The Fast Track status granted by the FDA is a milestone and acknowledgement of the significant unmet medical need that SOBI003 may be fulfilling”, says Milan Zdravkovic, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research and Development at Sobi.
“MPS IIIA is a life-threatening condition and very few patients survive into adulthood. There are huge unmet medical needs for these patients, since there is no disease modifying treatment available today”, says Dr. Paul Harmatz, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland California.
The clinical study with SOBI003 is expected to start during 2018.