REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Imago BioSciences, Inc. (“Imago” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: IMGO), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing new medicines for the treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) and other bone marrow diseases, today announced that the first participant has been dosed in an investigator-sponsored Phase 2 study of bomedemstat, an investigational oral lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1) inhibitor, in combination with ruxolitinib (Jakafi®) in people with myelofibrosis (MF). Ruxolitinib is a kinase inhibitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for multiple indications, including the treatment of intermediate or high-risk MF.
The Phase 2 open-label study is being conducted at the Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital and the University of Hong Kong and led by Harinder Gill, M.D. It will enroll approximately 20 participants diagnosed with MF who are either JAK inhibitor naïve or refractory to, relapsed or intolerant of ruxolitinib to assess the safety and efficacy of bomedemstat in combination with ruxolitinib. Treatment cycles will last for 28 days, consisting of an oral administration of both bomedemstat and ruxolitinib once daily.
“We are excited that the University of Hong Kong has interest in exploring the potential use of bomedemstat in combination with ruxolitinib for the treatment of myelofibrosis,” said Hugh Y. Rienhoff, Jr., M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Imago BioSciences. “Bomedemstat, through the inhibition of LSD1, regulates stem cell activity as well as the maturation of megakaryocytes, both of which are key to the pathophysiology of MF. This study explores the possibility that this new combination regimen will serve as a treatment option for patients who have had inadequate symptom relief or spleen volume reduction with ruxolitinib alone.”
In ongoing Phase 2 studies, bomedemstat has been generally well-tolerated and has demonstrated significant symptom improvement for patients with myelofibrosis and essential thrombocythemia. Additional information about the study can be found at www.clinicaltrials.gov using the identifier NCT05569538.
About Imago BioSciences
Imago BioSciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company discovering and developing novel small molecule product candidates that target lysine-specific demethylase 1 (LSD1), an enzyme that plays a central role in the production of blood cells in the bone marrow. Imago is focused on improving the quality and length of life for patients with cancer and bone marrow diseases. Bomedemstat, an orally available, small molecule inhibitor of LSD1, is the lead product candidate discovered by Imago for the treatment of certain myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), a family of related, chronic cancers of the bone marrow. Imago is evaluating bomedemstat as a potentially disease-modifying therapy in two Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of essential thrombocythemia (NCT04254978) and myelofibrosis (NCT03136185). Bomedemstat has U.S. FDA Orphan Drug and Fast Track Designation for the treatment of ET and MF, European Medicines Agency (EMA) Orphan Designation for the treatment of ET and MF, and PRIority MEdicines (PRIME) Designation by the EMA for the treatment of MF. The Company is based in Redwood City, California. To learn more, visit www.imagobio.com, www.myelofibrosisclinicalstudy.com, www.etclinicalstudy.com and follow us on Twitter @ImagoBioRx, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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