Daiichi Sankyo have announced the top-line results of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial in Japan of DS-5141), which Daiichi Sankyo is jointly developing with the Orphan Disease Treatment Institute Co., Ltd. (ODTI).

The study is the first clinical trial to examine the safety and efficacy of the drug, which was administered subcutaneously once weekly for 12 weeks to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

No safety concerns, such as discontinuation or clinically significant adverse events, were observed in the study. The expression of dystrophin protein, the primary endpoint of efficacy, was partially identified, but was not be clearly detected as a whole. However, the secondary endpoint of efficacy, the production of messenger RNA with exon 45 skipping of the dystrophin gene, was found in all patients.

Daiichi Sankyo will continue to develop DS-5141 to offer a new treatment option to patients with DMD as soon as possible since both its safety and the exon skipping activity of the dystrophin gene in all patients were observed in the study.

DS-5141

DS-5141, a nucleic acid drug expected to treat muscular dystrophy, skips exon 45 splicing, producing an incomplete but functional dystrophin protein during messenger RNA processing from the dystrophin gene in patient’s myocytes. In addition, it contains ENA® oligonucleotide, Daiichi Sankyo’s proprietary modified nucleic acid, as an active ingredient, and received the SAKIGAKE designation in April 2017.