Drug Farm Receives Rare Pediatric Disease Designation from the U.S. FDA for DF-003 to Treat ROSAH Syndrome

Drug Farm Receives Rare Pediatric Disease Designation from the U.S. FDA for DF-003 to Treat ROSAH Syndrome




Drug Farm Receives Rare Pediatric Disease Designation from the U.S. FDA for DF-003 to Treat ROSAH Syndrome

GUILFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Drug Farm, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) Designation for the company’s alpha-kinase 1 (ALPK1) inhibitor, DF-003, to treat patients with ROSAH (retinal dystrophy, optic nerve edema, splenomegaly, anhidrosis and headache) Syndrome. DF-003 is currently being evaluated in a Phase 1 trial (NCT05997641) to assess safety and pharmacokinetics in normal healthy volunteers.


“Pediatric patients living with ROSAH Syndrome face a significant unmet need with limited options to treat vision loss,” said Jeysen Yogaratnam, Chief Medical Officer, Drug Farm. “Obtaining Rare Pediatric Disease Designation recognizes the serious and debilitating complications of this rare disease and upholds our goal to provide DF-003 as the first targeted drug for potential treatment in patients afflicted with ROSAH Syndrome.”

About Rare Pediatric Disease Designation

Rare Pediatric Disease (RPD) Designation is granted by the FDA for serious or life-threatening diseases which affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States and in which the serious or life-threatening manifestations primarily affect individuals less than 18 years of age. If a New Drug Application (NDA) for DF-003 to treat ROSAH Syndrome is approved by the FDA, Drug Farm may be eligible to receive a Priority Review Voucher (PRV) that can be redeemed to receive a priority review for any subsequent marketing application or may be sold or transferred. The FDA has implemented this program to encourage development of new drugs for treatment of rare pediatric diseases.

About ROSAH Syndrome

ROSAH (retinal dystrophy, optic nerve edema, splenomegaly, anhidrosis and headache) Syndrome is a rare, autosomal dominant autoinflammatory disease named according to the characteristic symptoms exhibited by affected patients (1, 2). The disease is caused by a genetic gain-of-function mutation in ALPK1. The most common presenting symptom is a progressive decline in visual acuity that typically begins before 20 years of age, with ophthalmologic examination often revealing optic disc elevation, uveitis, and retinal nerve degeneration (2, 3). Most ROSAH patients also exhibit inflammatory features such as non-infectious low-grade fevers, arthralgia, headaches, and persistently elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα), interleukin 6 (IL-6), and IL-1β (3).

  1. Tantravahi SK, et al. An inherited disorder with splenomegaly, cytopenias, and vision loss. Am J Med Genet A. 2012;158(3):475-81.
  2. Williams LB, et al. ALPK1 missense pathogenic variant in five families leads to ROSAH syndrome, an ocular multisystem autosomal dominant disorder. Genet Med. 2019;21(9):2103-15.
  3. Kozycki CT, et al. Gain-of-function mutations in ALPK1 cause an NF-κB-mediated autoinflammatory disease: functional assessment, clinical phenotyping and disease course of patients with ROSAH syndrome. Ann Rheum Dis. 2022;81(10):1453-64.

About DF-003

DF-003 is a first-in-class drug developed by Drug Farm that inhibits the activity of ALPK1 and variants of ALPK1 that have a gain-of-function mutation and cause ROSAH Syndrome. DF-003 currently is in a Phase 1 clinical trial (NCT05997641) in normal healthy volunteers.

About Drug Farm

Drug Farm is a private biotechnology Company developing innovative treatments targeting innate immunity for hepatitis B, heart and kidney diseases, and ROSAH (retinal dystrophy, optic nerve edema, splenomegaly, anhidrosis and headache) syndrome. Drug Farm’s unique IDInVivo platform combines breakthrough technologies in genetics and AI to discover new treatments. IDInVivo technology allows the direct assessment of gene targets in living animals with intact immune systems. Using the IDInVivo platform, Drug Farm has identified novel innate immunity pathways and targets and is now rapidly advancing multiple first-in-class drug candidates into clinical development. For more information please visit: https://www.drug-farm.com

Contacts

United States:

Henri Lichenstein, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Email: hlichens@drug-farm.com

China:

Tony Xu, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Email: tony.xu@drugfarminc.com