Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNS), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat seizure disorders, today announced that it has amended the protocol for its Phase 3 RAISE trial in refractory status epilepticus (RSE) to expand eligibility criteria, support patient recruitment and drive enrollment efficiencies at clinical sites.
“Based on extensive consultation with trial investigators and our Scientific Advisory Board, we are implementing protocol changes to the RAISE trial that we are confident will allow clinical sites to enroll a broader population of patients to support recruitment,” said Scott Braunstein, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Marinus. “We believe the updated protocol also brings improved convenience and clarity and meets the evolving needs of a hospital-based clinical trial.”
Marinus has broadened inclusion criteria in the RAISE trial to allow for enrollment of patients previously treated with IV anesthesia, as well as patients transferred from other hospitals or treated in the emergency room. These patient cohorts were included in the Phase 2 RSE trial and the efficacy and safety data of ganaxolone in this population was consistent with the overall Phase 2 data. Marinus expects that the vast majority of sites will adopt these protocol updates by the middle of the third quarter of 2022.
Marinus reached alignment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the protocol amendment, including a proposal for a potential interim analysis. If the company chooses to do the interim analysis, it could potentially allow an early stop to the trial for efficacy data if the analysis were to meet the predefined statistical criteria.
To further support recruitment and enrollment, Marinus expects to initiate site activations in Canada in the third quarter of 2022 targeting 10 new sites and is evaluating further expansion into Israel and Australia. The company is targeting 65-75 sites globally and continues to expect topline data in the second half of 2023.
Ganaxolone development for RSE is being funded in part by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under contract number 75A50120C00159.
About Status Epilepticus
Status epilepticus (SE) is a condition characterized by prolonged or repetitive seizures which, if treatment is delayed or ineffective, may result in medical or neurologic complications. SE is a neurologic emergency affecting approximately 150,000 patients in the U.S. each year. Benzodiazepines are the first-line treatment for SE. If these are not successful in terminating SE, one or more IV AEDs are administered as the second line of treatment. If treatment with the first IV AED following benzodiazepines is ineffective, the patient is considered to have refractory SE (RSE).
About Marinus Pharmaceuticals
Marinus is a commercial stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics for seizure disorders. The Company’s commercial product, ZTALMY® (ganaxolone) oral suspension CV, has been approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of seizures associated with CDKL5 deficiency disorder in patients two years of age and older. The potential of ganaxolone is also being studied in other rare seizure disorders, including in Phase 3 trials in tuberous sclerosis complex and refractory status epilepticus. Ganaxolone is a neuroactive steroid GABAA receptor modulator that acts on a well-characterized target in the brain known to have anti-seizure effects. It is being developed in IV and oral formulations to maximize therapeutic reach for adult and pediatric patients in acute and chronic care settings. For more information visit www.marinuspharma.com.
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Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.