Today marks a monumental day for ALS research as the first in-human clinical trials of AT-1501 have begun. AT-1501 is an antibody therapeutic developed by the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), with support from The ALS Association, ALS ONE, and ALS Finding a Cure®. The drug blocks immune cell activation and protects nerves against the progression of ALS. As of today researchers at Anelixis Therapeutics, lead by Dr. Steve Perrin, have successfully administered a dose of AT-1501 to the study’s first participant.
This is a great progressive step on our journey for a cure, and we’re happy to announce that the ALS Association awarded an additional $1 million to Anelixis to help fund this groundbreaking research.
“We are proud to partner with Anelixis and other ALS organizations to help advance this promising compound into clinical trials,” said Calaneet Balas, President and CEO of The ALS Association.
The safety trial of this potentially new treatment is currently enrolling volunteers, both those with ALS and those without, to participate in the study. In total, eight people with ALS will receive AT-1501 and will be monitored for safety , tolerability, and how the drug moves through the body. If it’s proven safe the trial will then move on to Phase II.
We’re excited for the prospect of this new treatment and we remain hopeful that together with patients, caretakers, donors, and researchers we can create a world without ALS.
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