NervGen Pharma to Present Two Posters at the American Spinal Injury Association 51st Annual Scientific Meeting

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - May 17, 2024) - NervGen Pharma Corp. (TSXV: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF), a clinical-stage biotech company dedicated to developing innovative solutions for the treatment of nervous system damage, announced today that Daniel Mikol, MD, Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, will be presenting two posters at the upcoming American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) 51st Annual Scientific Meeting being held on May 20-23, 2024, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ASIA gathers researchers, clinicians, and other spinal cord injury (SCI) professionals to facilitate communication and collaboration between all disciplines and advance care, education and research to improve the lives of persons affected by SCI.

On Monday, May 20, Dr. Mikol will present preclinical and clinical data supporting an association between improvements in motor evoked potentials (MEPs) and functional motor recovery after SCI, proposing that MEPs might be used as an efficacy biomarker in SCI proof-of-concept trials. On Tuesday, May 21, Dr. Mikol will provide an update on the baseline demographic and clinical characteristics of initial subjects randomized in the ongoing Phase 1b/2a clinical trial (NCT05965700) being conducted at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, which incorporates MEPs and other electrophysiological measures as biomarkers of efficacy. This trial is evaluating the efficacy of NVG-291 in subjects with chronic (1-10 years post-injury) and subacute (those with a more recent injury) SCI by using electrophysiological measures in addition to clinical assessments to monitor motor recovery. A single-center approach was chosen to decrease the variability of electrophysiological measurements, which is important as the change in MEP amplitude is the primary objective of this trial.

"While electrophysiological measures such as MEPs have not been widely used in SCI trials to date, they are objective and quantitative biomarkers of motor connectivity that can be leveraged to monitor motor recovery in investigational trials. The results from our proof-of-concept trial with NVG-291 may provide further evidence of the rationale for using MEPs as an endpoint to evaluate the connectivity of motor pathways following treatment," said Dr. Mikol. "The detection of an efficacy signal on a surrogate biomarker such as MEP could provide evidence that NVG-291 can effect biological changes expected to predict efficacy on clinical outcomes."

"Previous preclinical studies in SCI animal models have shown that NVG-291 can promote functional recovery, therefore, we are hopeful that the initial results of the Phase 1b/2a trial may demonstrate, for the first time, the potential for NVG-291 to enable repair of nervous system damage in individuals with SCI and will support the design of a Phase 2/3 trial," added Mike Kelly, NervGen's President & CEO.

Details of the posters are as follows:

  • Title: Electrophysiological Testing as a Surrogate Biomarker of Motor Recovery in Proof-of-Concept SCI Trials
  • Date: Precourse Session 2 on Monday, May 20
  • Title: A Phase 1b/2a Study of NVG-291 in Individuals with Subacute or Chronic Spinal Cord Injury - Clinical Trial Update
  • Date: Clinical Trial Updates on Tuesday, May 21

About the NVG-291 Phase 1b/2a Trial
The double-blind, placebo-controlled proof-of-concept trial (NCT05965700) will evaluate the efficacy of NVG-291 in two separate cohorts of individuals with cervical spinal cord injury: chronic (1-10 years post-injury) and subacute (those with a more recent injury), given demonstrated efficacy in preclinical models of both chronic and acute spinal cord injury. The trial is designed to evaluate efficacy of a fixed dose of NVG-291 using multiple clinical outcome measures as well as objective electrophysiological and MRI imaging measures and blood biomarkers that together will provide comprehensive information about the extent of recovery of function, with a focus on improvements in motor function. Specifically, the primary objective is to assess the change in corticospinal connectivity of defined upper and lower extremity muscle groups following treatment based on changes in motor evoked potential amplitudes. Secondary objectives are to evaluate changes in a number of clinical outcome assessments focusing on motor function, upper extremity dexterity and grasping and mobility, as well as changes in additional electrophysiological measurements. Each cohort will be evaluated independently as the data becomes available. The trial is being partially funded by a grant from Wings for Life, which is being provided in several milestone-based payments that will offset a portion of the direct costs of this clinical trial.

About Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is the global leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions - from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to stroke, amputation and cancer-related impairment. The organization expands and accelerates leadership in the field that began at RIC in 1953. The quality of its care has led to the designation of "No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. Upon opening in 2017, the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan AbilityLab became the first-ever "translational" research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or "translating") research real time. This unique model enables patients to have 24/7 access to the brightest minds, the latest research and the best opportunity for recovery. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, go to www.sralab.org.

About NVG-291
NervGen holds exclusive worldwide rights to NVG-291, a first-in-class therapeutic peptide targeting mechanisms that interfere with nervous system repair. NVG-291 is derived from the intracellular wedge domain of the receptor type protein tyrosine phosphatase sigma (PTPσ). NVG-291-R, a rodent analog of NVG-291, has been shown to promote nervous system repair and functional recovery in animal models of spinal cord injury (acute and chronic intervention), peripheral nerve injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke, through enhanced plasticity, axonal regeneration, and remyelination. NVG-291 has received Fast Track Designation from the FDA in spinal cord injury.

About NervGen
NervGen (TSXV: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF) is a clinical-stage biotech company dedicated to developing innovative treatments that enable the nervous system to repair itself following damage, whether due to injury or disease. NervGen's lead drug candidate, NVG-291, is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial in the company's initial target indication, spinal cord injury. For more information, visit www.nervgen.com or follow NervGen on XLinkedIn, and Facebook for the latest news on the company.

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