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GC Biopharma & Novel Pharma’s GC1130A gets US FDA fast track designation

Yongin, South Korea
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 17:00 Hrs  [IST]

GC Biopharma, (formerly known as Green Cross Corporation) is a biopharmaceutical company, and Novel Pharma, an emerging biotechnology company, have announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track Designation for their jointly developed MPSIIIA (Sanfilippo syndrome Type A) treatment, GC1130A.

This designation follows the FDA's clearance of the investigational new drug (IND) application for GC1130A last month. With Fast Track Designation, the development process for GC1130A is set to be expedited.

Sanfilippo syndrome Type A is a rare genetic disorder that causes central nervous system damage through the accumulation of heparan sulfate, leading to progressive neurological decline. Without treatment, patients face life-threatening complications by the age of 15. GC1130A represents a potential breakthrough as the first and only treatment option specifically targeting MPSIIIA.

GC1130A is a biological drug that is being developed using high-concentration protein formulation technology, designed for administration to the central nervous system. It is delivered directly into the brain's ventricles through intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection, a method first applied globally by GC Biopharma's Hunter syndrome treatment, 'Hunterase', which has received market approval in Japan.

The potential of GC1130A to meet the unmet medical needs of Sanfilippo syndrome has been recognized by major drug regulatory agencies; in 2023, the FDA granted GC1130A Rare Paediatric Disease Designation (RPDD) and Orphan Drug Disease (ODD), and earlier this year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) also granted GC1130A ODD status.

Currently, GC Biopharma and Novel Pharma are preparing to initiate a multinational first-in-human clinical trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of GC1130A in Korea, the US, and Japan.

US FDA's Fast Track programme is designed to expedite the development and review of drugs intended to treat serious or unmet medical needs. Fast Track designation provides extensive support, including frequent meetings with the FDA throughout the drug development, clinical, and approval stages.

GC Biopharma and Novel Pharma stated, "We are pleased with the FDA's decision to grant Fast Track designation for GC1130A, especially given the lack of approved treatments for Sanfilippo syndrome." The company added, "This designation will enable us to accelerate the development of this new drug, bringing hope to patients and families affected by Sanfilippo syndrome."

GC Biopharma (formerly known as Green Cross Corporation) is a biopharmaceutical company that delivers lifesaving and life-sustaining protein therapeutics and vaccines.

Novel Pharma is an emerging biotechnology company that focuses on developing first-in-class treatments for rare paediatric diseases (MPS/LSD) utilizing ICV (intracerebral ventricular) administration.


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