Solid Biosciences reports efficacy and safety data

Solid Biosciences reports efficacy and safety data from the ongoing IGNITE DMD clinical trial and resumption of patient dosing in the 2E14 VG/kg cohort.

La Force is sharing this press release provided by Solid Biosciences, March 15, 2021, original press release

  • Interim data from six patients provide evidence of a potential benefit of SGT-001 in functional endpoints of North Star Ambulatory Assessments (NSAA), 6-minute walk test (6MWT), pulmonary function tests (PFTs), and clinically validated patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  • Patient 7, safely dosed with SGT-001, experienced transient and manageable adverse events, none of which were serious; six patients previously dosed showed no new drug-related safety findings 17-37 months post-dosing; screening and enrollment of patients into IGNITE DMD continue.

Solid Biosciences Inc., a life sciences company focused on advancing meaningful therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, reported encouraging interim functional (NSAA, 6MWT and PFTs) and biomarker data, and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) from six patients after treatment in the ongoing IGNITE DMD Phase I/II clinical trial of its lead gene therapy candidate, SGT-001. The Company also announced that patient 7 in IGNITE DMD was safely dosed, with transient and manageable adverse events, none of which were serious. Patient 7 was the first patient dosed in IGNITE DMD under a previously reported clinical protocol amendment and using SGT-001 manufactured with its second-generation process. The six patients previously dosed showed no new drug-related safety findings, 17-37 months post-dosing. The totality of data collected, and the re-initiation of dosing, support the continued enrollment of patients into the IGNITE DMD study.  

These data will also be presented in an oral session and at a company-sponsored symposium at the 2021 MDA Virtual Clinical & Scientific Conference on Thursday, March 18.


Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at the University of Florida, and Principal Investigator of the IGNITE DMD clinical study – The totality of the functional and biomarker data, as well as the patient-reported outcome measures, reported today to suggest that SGT-001 may provide benefit to patients with Duchenne, a serious disease for which there is no cure. I am particularly encouraged by these early data when compared with the natural history of this disease. I look forward to the continued enrollment in IGNITE DMD and evaluating the data as the study progresses.


Ilan Ganot, Chief Executive Officer, President and Co-Founder of Solid Biosciences – We are encouraged with the successful resumption of dosing in the IGNITE DMD trial under our amended clinical protocol and using SGT-001 manufactured with a second-generation process. The seventh patient’s safe dosing gives us increased confidence in our dosing strategy as we move forward with clinical development in the IGNITE DMD clinical trial. We are grateful to this patient and his family and all those who choose to participate in clinical trials. We look forward to continuing to dose patients and reporting clinical outcomes from additional patients in the second half of 2021.



The data reported were collected from the first six patients dosed in IGNITE DMD 12 to 24 months after treatment and include data from three patients dosed at the low dose (5E13 VG/kg) and three patients dosed at the high dose (2E14 VG/kg). Data from the delayed treatment cohort, analyzed as an untreated control cohort, were evaluated alongside representative natural history data. The six patients ranged in age from five to 14-years-old at baseline. These data have been previously shared with the FDA and members of the IGNITE DMD Data Safety Monitoring Board and clinical consultants.

Functional Data

  • Among patients in the low and high dose cohorts, North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA) scores at one year suggest benefit after treatment as compared to trajectories typically observed in natural history data. Natural history analyses suggest that patients similarly aged to those enrolled in IGNITE DMD would normally be expected to exhibit year-over-year disease progression ranging from a plateau in gains to a 3 to 3.7-point decline. Patients in the untreated control cohort exhibited a mean decline of 4.0 points from baseline to 1 year. In contrast, patients in the low-dose cohort exhibited a mean improvement of 1.0 point over the same period of time. Patients in the high-dose cohort exhibited a mean improvement of 0.3 points as compared to their baseline values.
  • Mean increase in the 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT) distance was above the generally accepted minimally clinically important difference (MCID) of 30 meters in both the low- and high-dose cohorts after treatment. While patients in the untreated control cohort exhibited a decline of 8.5 meters from baseline to one year, patients in the low-dose cohort exhibited a mean improvement of 37 meters. Patients in the high-dose cohort exhibited an improvement of 49.7 meters over the same period.
  • Concerning pulmonary function tests (PFTs), most patients in both dose groups exhibited improved forced vital capacity (% predicted FVC) at one year when declines in pulmonary function would otherwise be typically observed in patients with Duchenne. From baseline to one year, patients in the untreated control cohort exhibited a mean decline of 10.7% on an absolute basis. In contrast, patients in the low-dose and high-dose cohorts exhibited a mean improvement of 3.9% and 16.7%, respectively, over the same period.

Biomarker Data

  • As previously reported, biopsies of skeletal muscle three months after a single infusion of SGT-001 at a dose of 2E14vg/kg demonstrated the widespread distribution of microdystrophin-positive muscle fibres with co-localization of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) and β-sarcoglycan in the muscles of these patients.
  • Creatine kinase (CK) assessments of the six patients provide potential physiological evidence of a positive or stabilizing effect after one year of treatment with a single high-dose infusion of SGT-001. An average sustained CK decline of approximately 50% in patients in the high-dose cohort was observed. In the low-dose cohort, an average CK increase of approximately 166% was observed, and in the control group, an average CK increase of approximately 17% was observed.

Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Data

Patient reported outcome measures taken after one year of treatment revealed a trend towards dose-ordered improvements in motor function subscales and fatigability assessments, providing real-world evidence to support the clinical and biomarker findings of varying degrees of benefit to patients in the low- and high- dose cohorts.

  • Meaningful improvements were demonstrated in the Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI), a validated PROM that contains questions to assess how caregivers and children evaluate the child’s ability to walk, stand, and perform daily living, as well as recreational activities. Motor function scores reflect the gains seen in 6MWT and the benefit of NSAA observed in all dosed patients.
  • Semi-structured, qualitative interviews conducted by Modus Outcomes Ltd with patients and caregivers about the impact of Duchenne on functioning demonstrated overall improvement in the functional activity and school-related impacts (e.g., lower limb mobility, keeping up with peers, climbing stairs, sports) in low- and high-dose cohorts, with subjective decreased fatigability in all patients of both treatment cohorts.

As previously reported, three of the first six patients dosed before the protocol amendments introduced in 2020 developed four serious adverse events (SAEs). All prior SAEs have fully resolved, and no new drug-related safety findings have been identified with post-dosing follow-up of 17-37 months. Additionally, as reported today, with the resumption of dosing in IGNITE DMD, patient 7 was dosed safely with mild to moderate adverse events, all of which have fully resolved. The resumption of dosing was under an amended clinical protocol and using SGT-001 manufactured with an improved process, both designed to enhance patient safety.


About SGT-001

Solid’s SGT-001 is a novel adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector-mediated gene transfer therapy designed to address the underlying genetic cause of Duchenne. Duchenne is caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene that result in the absence or near absence of dystrophin protein. SGT-001 is a systemically administered candidate that delivers a synthetic dystrophin gene, called microdystrophin, to the body. This microdystrophin encodes for a functional protein surrogate expressed in muscles and stabilizes essential associated proteins, including neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). Data from Solid’s clinical program suggests that SGT-001 has the potential to slow or stop the progression of Duchenne, regardless of genetic mutation or disease stage.

SGT-001 is based on pioneering research in dystrophin biology by Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain of the University of Washington and Dr. Dongsheng Duan of the University of Missouri. SGT-001 has been granted Rare Pediatric Disease Designation, or RPDD, and Fast Track Designation in the United States and Orphan Drug Designations in both the United States and European Union.

In case you don’t remember the specifics about microdystrophin and gene therapy we invite you to watch the interview we conducted in London with Dr. Jeffrey Chamberlain PH.D.:  Here


About Solid Biosciences

Solid Biosciences is a life sciences company focused on advancing transformative treatments to improve patients’ lives with Duchenne. Disease-focused and founded by a family directly impacted by Duchenne, our mandate is simple yet comprehensive – work to address the disease at its core by correcting the underlying mutation that causes Duchenne with our lead gene therapy candidate, SGT-001. For more information, please visit


About DMD

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a disease that almost exclusively affects boys and whose incidence is 1 in 3,500. It is extremely rare that Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) will affect girls. Those affected are usually diagnosed around the age of five, but symptoms may be visible from early childhood. It is a degenerative disease of the muscles caused by a genetic mutation. The Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) – for which no treatment is currently available – directly affects skeletal muscles. Without treatment, the consequences of the disease are dire for those afflicted and their families.

Article about DMD in

Recent studies on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have greatly deepened our understanding of the primary and secondary pathogenetic mechanisms. Guidelines for the multidisciplinary care for DMD that address obtaining a genetic diagnosis and managing the various aspects of the disease have been established.

Besides, several therapies that aim to restore the missing dystrophin protein or address secondary pathology have received regulatory approval and many others are in clinical development. This open-access Nature article by Dongsheng Duan, Nathalie Goemans, Shin’ichi Takeda, Eugenio Mercuri and Annemieke Aartsma-Rus discusses all the topics mentioned above.

Read the article in 

Duan, D., Goemans, N., Takeda, S. et al. Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Nat Rev Dis Primers 7, 13 (2021).

Accepted Published



News from Vamorolone in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Santhera Announces Completion of First 6-Month Period of Pivotal VISION-DMD Trial with Vamorolone in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Original Press release > Pratteln, Switzerland, March 3, 2021

Santhera Pharmaceuticals announces that the last patient has completed the last visit for the first period of the placebo-controlled pivotal VISION-DMD study with vamorolone in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), conducted by partner ReveraGen Biopharma Inc. Subject to a positive 6-month topline data readout of this first study phase, this could allow for regulatory submission to the US FDA in Q1-2022 with the potential to offer an alternative to the current standard of care in DMD.

The 48-week Phase 2b VISION-DMD study is designed as a pivotal trial to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of vamorolone administered orally versus prednisone and placebo in ambulant boys aged 4 to <7 years with DMD. Efficacy outcome measures are motor function and strength outcomes with the Time to Stand test (TTSTAND) as the primary study endpoint. Additional analyses compare safety and tolerability between the vamorolone dose groups, placebo and prednisone. In the now completed 24-week, placebo- and active-controlled treatment period, patients were randomized to receive vamorolone 2.0 mg/kg/day, vamorolone 6.0 mg/kg/day, prednisone 0.75 mg/kg/day or matching placebo. For the second treatment period of another 24 weeks of continued study conduct, patients who previously received prednisone or placebo have been randomized and will be switched to one of two doses of vamorolone. This treatment period where all patients receive vamorolone is evaluating the persistence of effect in the longer term. In addition to efficacy, the study aims to confirm the differentiated safety and favourable tolerability profile of vamorolone with the potential to offer an alternative to the current standard of care. Although glucocorticoids are part of DMD’s current care recommendations, their adverse effect profile limits their use as chronic therapy.


Eric Hoffman, Ph.D., President and CEO at ReveraGen BioPharma – “We are delighted about having achieved this important milestone and are looking forward to announcing the topline 6-month results of this pivotal study together with Santhera. The use of glucocorticoids, despite having proven benefits in the treatment of DMD, is severely limited due to side effects and poor tolerability. Our expectation is that vamorolone will have the benefits but avoids many of the tolerability issues that limit the use of this standard of care. Our thanks go out to the study participants, their families and healthcare professionals who, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, are enabling us to advance this pivotal study as intended.”


Dario Eklund, CEO of Santhera – “Based on previously established data, we believe that vamorolone has the potential to become a foundational therapy in DMD for patients irrespective of the underlying gene mutation and a promising alternative to existing corticosteroids. Our organization is wholeheartedly dedicated to bringing this novel therapy to patients who are hoping for a DMD therapy with fewer treatment-limiting side effects, making it suitable for longer-term administration and also improving quality of life.”



About Vamorolone – first-in-class dissociative steroid

Vamorolone is a first-in-class drug candidate that binds to the same receptors as corticosteroids but modifies the receptors’ downstream activity. This has the potential to ‘dissociate’ efficacy from typical steroid safety concerns and, therefore, could replace existing corticosteroids, the current standard of care in children and adolescent patients with DMD. There is a significant unmet medical need in this patient group as high-dose corticosteroids have severe systemic side effects that detract from treatment compliance and patient quality of life.

In the pivotal Phase 2b VISION-DMD trial, the last patient has completed the last visit of the 24-week, placebo- and active-controlled treatment period. Topline 6-month data are expected in Q2-2021, paving the way for a US NDA submission in Q1-2022. Vamorolone has been granted Orphan Drug status in the US and Europe and has received Fast Track and Rare Pediatric Disease designations by the US FDA and Promising Innovative Medicine (PIM) status UK MHRA. Vamorolone was discovered by US-based ReveraGen BioPharma Inc. and is being developed in collaboration with Santhera, which owns worldwide rights to the drug candidate in all indications. The vamorolone development program has received funding from several international non-profit foundations and patient organizations, the US National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Defense and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program.

Clinical trial in Canada


About Santhera

Santhera Pharmaceuticals is a Swiss specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative medicines for rare neuromuscular and pulmonary diseases with a high unmet medical need. Santhera is building Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) product portfolio to treat patients irrespective of causative mutations, disease stage or age. A marketing authorization application for Puldysa® (idebenone) is currently under review by the European Medicines Agency. Santhera has an option to license vamorolone, a first-in-class dissociative steroid presently investigated in a pivotal study in patients with DMD to replace standard corticosteroids. Santhera out-licensed ex-North American rights to its first approved product; for further information, please visit


About ReveraGen BioPharma

ReveraGen was founded in 2008 to develop first-in-class dissociative steroidal drugs for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other chronic inflammatory disorders. The development of ReveraGen’s lead compound, vamorolone, has been supported through partnerships with foundations worldwide, including Muscular Dystrophy Association USAParent Project Muscular DystrophyFoundation to Eradicate DuchenneSave Our SonsJoiningJackAction DuchenneCureDuchenneRyan’s QuestAlex’s WishDuchenneUKPietro’s FightMichael’s Cause, and Duchenne Research Fund. ReveraGen has also received generous support from the US Department of Defense CDMRP, National Institutes of Health (NCATS, NINDS, NIAMS), and European Commission (Horizons 2020).


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