NervGen Pharma Receives Ethics Board Approval for Multiple Ascending Dose Portion of NVG-291 Phase 1 Trial

  • Phase 1 program supports plan to start clinical trials in H2 2022 for NervGen’s NVG-291 in spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease indications
  • Screening of healthy volunteers has already started for the trial’s multiple ascending dose (MAD) portion
  • In preclinical studies, NVG-291 has been shown to promote repair of nervous system damage


Vancouver, Canada. December 22, 2021 – NervGen Pharma Corp. (TSX-V: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF) (“NervGen” or the “Company”), a clinical stage biotech company dedicated to creating innovative treatments that repair nervous system damage, is pleased to announce it has received ethics board approval from Bellberry Limited’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) to proceed with the multiple ascending dose (MAD) portion of its Phase 1 trial with its lead compound, NVG-291.  In preclinical studies, NVG-291 has been demonstrated to promote repair mechanisms in the nervous system, including axonal regeneration, remyelination and enhanced plasticity. NervGen is now screening healthy volunteers for participation in the multiple dosing portion of the trial and expects to dose the first subjects early in 2022.

“Commencing the MAD portion of our Phase 1 trial is an important milestone for the development of NVG-291,” stated  Dr. Daniel Mikol, NervGen’s Chief Medical Officer. “We were very encouraged by the results we obtained in the single ascending dose (SAD) portion of the trial. NVG-291 was well tolerated, showed favorable pharmacokinetic parameters, and the doses tested in the highest dose cohorts were substantially higher than the dose equivalents shown to be effective in various animal models of nervous system injury. Completing the MAD portion of the study is an important step as we move towards our Phase 1b/2 studies in spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease, which we plan to start in the second half of 2022.”

The MAD portion of the Phase 1 study will administer NVG-291 or a placebo in a blinded fashion once a day for 14 consecutive days. The study is expected to complete the three planned dose cohorts in the first half of 2022. Following completion of ongoing toxicology studies requested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and provision of available data from this Phase 1 study to the FDA, NervGen will seek removal of the partial clinical trial hold initiated by the FDA and evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of NVG-291 in cohorts of healthy males and healthy premenopausal females.

About NervGen

NervGen is enabling the nervous system to repair itself by creating innovative treatments of nervous system injury due to trauma or disease. The Company is initially developing treatments for multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and Alzheimer’s disease.

About NVG-291

NervGen holds the exclusive worldwide rights to NVG-291 and is developing a unique new class of drugs around the technology. NVG-291 is a therapeutic peptide which is a mimetic of the intracellular domain of protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTPσ), a cell surface receptor known to interact with chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) and to be involved in the regulation of neuroplasticity and central nervous system repair. In preclinical studies, NVG-291 has demonstrated the potential to promote repair mechanisms in the nervous system, including axonal regeneration, remyelination, and enhanced plasticity. The demonstration of repair via these mechanisms in animal models of nervous system injury has been accompanied by recovery of  multiple neurological functions, including motor, sensory, autonomic and cogntive functions. NVG-291 has shown efficacy in a range of animal  models, including models of nervous system trauma (e.g. spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury) and disease (multiple sclerosis, stroke).

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