VistaGen Therapeutics Acquires Worldwide License of Phase 3-Ready CNS Drug Candidate from Pherin Pharmaceuticals

- September 13th, 2018

VistaGen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VTGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new generation medicines for depression and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases and disorders with high unmet need, and Pherin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on development of novel treatments for neuropsychiatric and neuroendocrine conditions, today announced the signing of a license agreement granting VistaGen … Continued

VistaGen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VTGN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new generation medicines for depression and other central nervous system (CNS) diseases and disorders with high unmet need, and Pherin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on development of novel treatments for neuropsychiatric and neuroendocrine conditions, today announced the signing of a license agreement granting VistaGen exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize PH94B nasal spray, a Phase 3-ready drug candidate for as-needed (PRN) treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD).

As quoted in the press release:

“SAD affects nearly 15 million Americans. Currently, there is no FDA-approved treatment that provides rapid-acting relief, and sedatives used off-label carry with them the risk of addiction and other significant side effects and safety concerns.  PH94B clinical data are compelling and support its potential to be a first-in-class, rapid-acting, self-administered, PRN treatment alternative, without sedation, risk of addiction or other safety concerns, for millions affected by SAD in the U.S. and other major markets. This transaction not only expands and diversifies our CNS pipeline to include SAD, but also firmly complements our patent-protected, neuropsychiatry focus on MDD with AV-101 in our ongoing Phase 2 ELEVATE Study,” said Shawn Singh, Chief Executive Officer of VistaGen. “We are excited to be working with Pherin’s innovative team to develop and commercialize this medically and socially impactful treatment. Our key objective for the PH94B program is to commence our initial pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial of PH94B nasal spray for SAD during the first half of 2019.”

Pherin’s first-in-class proprietary compounds called “pherines” are synthetic neuroactive steroids that engage nasal chemosensory receptors which, in turn, inhibit nerve circuits mediating behavioral and physiological effects of anxiety. This mechanism of action, the rapid onset of efficacy, and the excellent safety and tolerability profile shown in multiple previous clinical trials, including a pilot Phase 3 feasibility study for evaluating the safety and efficacy of PH94B, make PH94B a novel product candidate for the acute, intermittent and long-term treatment of individuals with SAD.

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