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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cyclerion Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCN), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulators for the treatment of serious and orphan diseases, today announced upcoming medical meeting presentations highlighting its commitment to sickle cell disease patients and supporting its therapeutic approach to treating the disease through sGC stimulation. Cyclerion will present at the Annual National Convention of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), held October 9-12 in Baltimore, and at the Annual Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia Conference (ASCAT), held October 21-23 in London.
Cyclerion and its collaborators will present new research from a sickle cell disease patient journey project. This project was designed to improve understanding and characterization of common patient experiences from birth onward, including: initial diagnosis; first crisis and emergency room experiences; transition from pediatric to adult care; navigating personal milestones such as relationships, having children, and work responsibilities; and daily management of sickle cell disease. The research project was developed by a steering committee consisting of adult patients, caregivers of pediatric patients, and healthcare providers.
“Understanding the experiences and very real challenges individuals living with sickle cell disease face is critical. This information is crucial to our collective ability to develop new treatments and care plans that have a positive impact on their lives,” said Biree Andemariam, MD, hematologist and founding director of the New England Sickle Cell Institute (NESCI) at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Chief Medical Officer at SCDAA, and a member of the patient journey steering committee. “There is a profound lack of aggregated information in the U.S. and therefore a significant need for research on the patient and caregiver journey through our complex healthcare ecosystem.”
“As we strive to develop meaningful treatments for people with serious diseases, Cyclerion is committed to understanding which symptoms are most impactful to patients’ lives,” said Chris Wright, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Cyclerion. “The patient journey research is important for broadly understanding the needs of the sickle cell disease community and for identifying new opportunities to enhance sickle cell disease care.”
In addition to the patient journey research, Cyclerion will present preclinical data on its investigational sGC stimulator olinciguat and an overview of its Phase 2 STRONG SCD study.
Cyclerion is focused on unlocking the full therapeutic potential of the nitric oxide-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signaling pathway, a clinically validated pathway with potential for therapeutic applications in a wide range of cardiovascular, metabolic, inflammatory, fibrotic and neurological diseases. sGC is a key node in this pathway, and Cyclerion’s targeted sGC stimulators are designed to enhance pathway signaling in the tissues of greatest relevance to the diseases each is intended to treat. Olinciguat is Cyclerion’s investigational sGC stimulator designed to target the vasculature as well as organs with high blood flow, such as the kidney and lungs, which may make it well suited for the potential treatment of sickle cell disease.
Cyclerion’s Upcoming Sickle Cell Disease Presentations :
Annual National Convention of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) – October 9-12, 2019, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Annual Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia Conference (ASCAT) – October 21-23, 2019, Westminster Bridge – County Hall, London
Olinciguat is an investigational, orally administered, once-daily, vascular sGC stimulator designed for the potential treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is an inherited red blood cell disorder that causes red blood cells to deform into a sickle shape, impacting blood flow to organs and tissues. These sickled red blood cells are more susceptible to hemolysis (rupturing). Upon red blood cell rupturing, nitric oxide is depleted due to arginase release and hemoglobin scavenging. Nitric oxide is an important regulator of blood flow, and the resulting deficiency of nitric oxide is believed to contribute to symptoms of SCD.
As sGC is a key node in the nitric oxide signaling pathway, olinciguat has the potential to address key symptoms and complications of SCD by addressing the disease’s underlying nitric oxide deficiency. The distribution of olinciguat to the vasculature as well as to organs with high blood flow, such as the kidney and lungs, may make it well suited for the potential treatment of SCD.
Olinciguat has been granted Orphan Drug Designation for SCD by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is currently in a Phase 2 study in patients with SCD, the STRONG SCD study.
About Cyclerion Therapeutics
Cyclerion Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company harnessing the power of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) pharmacology to discover, develop and commercialize breakthrough treatments for serious and orphan diseases. Cyclerion is advancing its portfolio of five differentiated sGC stimulator programs with distinct pharmacologic and biodistribution properties that are uniquely designed to target tissues of greatest relevance to the diseases they are intended to treat. These programs include olinciguat in Phase 2 development for sickle cell disease, praliciguat in Phase 2 trials for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and for diabetic nephropathy, IW-6463 in Phase 1 development for serious and orphan central nervous system diseases, and two preclinical programs targeting serious liver and lung diseases, respectively.
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