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Denovo Biopharma receives US FDA nod to begin phase 2b trial of liafensine for treatment-resistant depression

San Diego
Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 12:00 Hrs  [IST]

Denovo Biopharma LLC, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, announced that the FDA has authorized the company's investigational new drug (IND) application of DB104 (liafensine) for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) to proceed, which enables Denovo to start a global phase 2b clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of liafensine in patients with TRD. This will be the third potentially pivotal global trial that Denovo is conducting, and more importantly, may be the first ever genetic biomarker-guided clinical trial conducted for central nervous system (CNS) diseases.

Xiao-Xiong Lu, PhD, Denovo's chief technical officer, said, "CNS diseases are notoriously difficult to treat, and lack of precision medicines may contribute to the modest success in developing innovative drugs in this area. Denovo used its unique biomarker platform to identify a novel predictive biomarker named Denovo Genomic Marker 4 (DGM4), which is highly associated with clinical response to liafensine in patients with TRD. We are excited to launch this biomarker-guided TRD trial that may provide a scientific, personalized medicine approach rather than the trial-and-error method that is typically used today. This could potentially be a game–changer for the field of CNS drug development."

Major depressive disorder (MDD) afflicts more than 15 million people in the US in any given year. Approximately one-third of people with MDD do not respond adequately to at least two different antidepressants of adequate dose and duration in the current depressive episode and are considered to have treatment-resistant depression (TRD). TRD is a chronic condition that places an ongoing emotional, functional, and economic burden on the individual, their loved ones, and society.

Denovo Biopharma LLC is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that uses novel biomarker approaches to execute efficient clinical trials in targeted patient populations to optimize the probability of successful trials.


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