Samumed is developing drugs for multiple degenerative diseases, including osteoarthritis, alopecia (baldness), and degenerative disc disease. While these therapies differ from each other, they all focus on restoring the Wnt signaling pathway.
The Wnt pathway is fundamental in stem cell differentiation. It allows for ordinary tissue repair and upkeep, and it provides for wound healing and recovery from injuries. However, like many other pathways, it becomes deregulated with age. By restoring this pathway, Samumed intends to replenish deteriorating tissues with the body’s own cells, staving off age-related diseases.
Samumed has multiple therapies in human clinical trials, two of which have returned positive results from Phase 2 testing. If these therapies succeed in Phase 3 trials and are found to be effective in clinical practice, they will demonstrate the viability of targeting signaling pathways, potentially paving the way for a broad range of similar therapies.
As of May 2nd, 2019 has finalized the design of its phase 3 clinical program of lorecivivint (SM04690) for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), which will consist of pivotal trials studying the effects of lorecivivint on patient-reported outcomes and disease progression. The pivotal program will be referred to as STRIDES (SM04690 Trial Evaluating a Randomized Injection for Determination of Efficacy and Safety).
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