Ovid Therapeutics, a privately held biopharmaceutical company committed to developing medicines that transform the lives of people with rare neurological disorders, and NeuroPointDX, a privately held biotech company based in Madison, Wisconsin and Cambridge, Massachusetts, today announced that they have entered into a collaboration to identify novel biomarkers of Angelman syndrome by analyzing metabolomic profile data as part of Ovid’s ongoing randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial (STARS).
Angelman syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by a variety of signs and symptoms, including delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, problems with movement and balance, seizures, sleep disorders and anxiety. Like many other neurological disorders, symptoms and response to treatments vary widely from person to person.
“With the initiation of the STARS trial and this collaboration, we are making important progress in better understanding Angelman syndrome and developing much needed treatment options. The metabolic profile of this syndrome is not well understood, and we believe this biomarker study will produce critical data to fill this gap and inform us about the impact of OV101 as a potential treatment option,” said Matthew During, M.D., DSc, FACP, FRACP, president and chief scientific officer of Ovid. “This collaboration is the first step in Ovid’s broader rare neurological disorder biomarker strategy to identify molecular markers of treatment responders and guide enrollment of participants in our clinical trials.”
“We are excited to partner with Ovid Therapeutics on this biomarker collaboration, particularly as it furthers our mission to improve the lives of people impacted by neurological disorders by identifying biomarkers that can improve diagnosis and inform more precise treatment strategies,” said Elizabeth Donley, chief executive officer of NeuroPointDX.
NeuroPointDX uses its metabolomics platform technology to identify differences in children with autism spectrum disorders compared to typically-developing children and between subgroups of children on the spectrum for earlier diagnosis and more precise treatment. The collaboration will leverage NeuroPointDX’s expertise in metabolomics in an effort to identify biomarkers associated with Angelman syndrome. Metabolomics is a process that allows comprehensive exploration of changes in small molecules present in the metabolism of patients to provide insight into the physiology of a disease and the response to treatment. In the STARS trial, this analysis is designed to provide molecular insights into disease mechanism and assess the potential response to OV101 to help understand the physiological impact of the compound in people with Angelman syndrome. This study may help identify the individuals that are most likely respond to treatment.