LA JOLLA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MediciNova, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company listed on the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ: MNOV) and the JASDAQ Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (code number: 4875), announced today that it plans to participate in RECLAIM (Recovering from COVID-19 Lingering Symptoms Adaptive Integrative Medicine Trial), a grant-funded, multicenter randomized clinical trial to evaluate MN-166 (ibudilast) and other therapies for the treatment of Long COVID, persistent symptoms of COVID-19.
MediciNova has entered into a collaboration agreement with the University Health Network, an academic health sciences center located in Toronto, which has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada. The Principal Investigator of this trial is Angela M. Cheung, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor of Medicine, KY and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine, University of Toronto, Principal Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, Schroeder Arthritis Institute, and physician at University Health Network and Sinai Health System. The trial is funded by the Canadian government through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The initiation of this trial is pending protocol finalization and regulatory review.
Kazuko Matsuda, MD Ph.D, MPH., Chief Medical Officer, MediciNova, Inc., commented, “We are delighted to collaborate with Dr. Cheung and the University Health Network on this large, grant-funded study to explore the potential from MN -166 to Long COVID. There is a significant unmet medical need for patients with this disorder, which can have serious impacts on quality of life, health care utilization, and the ability to return to work.
About the long COVID
While most COVID-19 patients make a full recovery within weeks, some people have symptoms that persist after the acute illness has passed. “Long COVID,” or post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC), is a constellation of persistent COVID-19 symptoms that are both broad and diverse. Fatigue, shortness of breath on exertion, cough, tachycardia, brain fog, insomnia/sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, skin rash and anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress are some of the lingering symptoms. It is estimated that 10% to 30% of patients may experience long COVID after recovery, even if they were not very sick during the acute phase.
About MN-166 (ibudilast)
MN-166 (ibudilast) is a small molecule compound that inhibits phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE4) and inflammatory cytokines, including macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). It is in advanced clinical development for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), progressive MS (multiple sclerosis) and DCM (cervical degenerative myelopathy); and for glioblastoma, CIPN (chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy) and substance use disorders. Additionally, MN-166 (ibudilast) has been evaluated in patients at risk of developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).
MediciNova, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a broad portfolio of novel small molecule therapies for inflammatory, fibrotic and neurodegenerative diseases. Based on two compounds, MN-166 (ibudilast) and MN-001 (tipelukast), with multiple mechanisms of action and strong safety profiles, MediciNova has 11 programs in clinical development. MediciNova’s lead asset, MN-166 (ibudilast), is currently in Phase 3 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM) and is Phase 3 ready for progressive multiple sclerosis ( SEP). MN-166 (ibudilast) is also being evaluated in Phase 2 trials in glioblastoma and substance dependence. MN-001 (tipelukast) has been evaluated in a Phase 2 trial in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and a second Phase 2 trial in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is ongoing. MediciNova has a strong track record of obtaining investigator-sponsored clinical trials funded by government grants.
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