Acasti Announces Alignment with FDA on GTX-104 Pivotal Phase 3 Safety Trial Protocol and Confirms Planned Initiation of STRIVE-ON in aSAH Patients in Calendar Q4 2023

Acasti Pharma Inc. is a late-stage, specialty pharma company advancing three clinical stage drug candidates addressing rare and orphan diseases. (PRNewsfoto/Acasti Pharma Inc.)

STRIVE-ON is the pivotal Phase 3 trial of GTX-104 to evaluate its comparable safety and tolerability profile relative to oral nimodipine in patients hospitalized with aSAH

GTX-104 has been administered in over 150 healthy volunteers to-date and has demonstrated comparable safety profile to oral nimodipine

Company confirms its projected cash runway through a potential GTX-104 New Drug Application (NDA) submission in the first half of calendar 2025

LAVAL, QC, July 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Acasti Pharma Inc. ("Acasti" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: ACST), a late-stage, biopharma company advancing GTX-104, its novel injectable nimodipine formulation for intravenous infusion (IV) that addresses high unmet medical needs for a rare disease, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH), today announced that the Company has aligned with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the protocol for its pivotal Phase 3 trial of GTX-104 and the FDA also provided guidance for a potential GTX-104 New Drug Application (NDA) package.

Acasti has all the necessary information from the FDA to initiate its recently named STRIVE-ON (Safety, Tolerability, Randomized, IV and Oral Nimodipine) pivotal Phase 3 trial of GTX-104 to evaluate its safety and tolerability profile relative to oral nimodipine.

"We greatly appreciate FDA's guidance on the STRIVE-ON trial design and are pleased with the agency's confirmation that the proposed dosing regimen, which mirrors the one used in the pivotal PK bridging study GTX-104-002, appears reasonable," commented Prashant Kohli, CEO of Acasti. "We are moving full speed ahead with anticipated first patient dosing in the fourth calendar quarter of this year and a potential NDA submission in the first half of calendar 2025. GTX-104 has a strong established safety profile having already been administered to over 150 healthy volunteers to-date. We look forward to the completion of the STRIVE-ON trial, and if approved by the FDA, GTX-104 could bring enhanced options for physicians treating patients suffering from aSAH."

STRIVE-ON will be a prospective, open-label, randomized (1:1 ratio), parallel group trial of GTX-104 compared with oral nimodipine, in patients hospitalized for aSAH.  Key trial design features include: 

  • Approximately 100 patients will be enrolled at an estimated 25 hospitals in the U.S.
  • The primary endpoint is safety and will be measured as comparative adverse events, including hypotension, between the two groups. 
  • GTX-104 will be administered as a continuous IV infusion of 0.15 mg/hour, and a 30-minute IV bolus of 4 mg every 4 hours. Oral nimodipine will be administered as 60 mg (two 30 mg capsules) every 4 hours.
  • Both groups will receive their assigned GTX-104 or oral nimodipine for up to 21 consecutive days and will be evaluated from commencement of patient treatment through a 90-day follow-up period.

Kohli concluded, "Based on recent proactive measures taken to position ourselves for future success, we believe our current cash runway to be sufficient to achieve a potential NDA submission for GTX-104 in the first half of calendar 2025."

About aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (aSAH)

aSAH is bleeding over the surface of the brain in the subarachnoid space between the brain and the skull, which contains blood vessels that supply the brain. A primary cause of such bleeding is the rupture of an aneurysm. Approximately 70% of aSAH patients experience death or dependence, and more than 30% die within one month of hemorrhage. Approximately 50,000 patients in the United States are affected by aSAH per year, based on market research.

About GTX-104

GTX-104 is a clinical stage, novel, injectable formulation of nimodipine being developed for intravenous infusion (IV) in aSAH patients to address significant unmet medical needs. The unique nanoparticle technology of GTX-104 facilitates aqueous formulation of insoluble nimodipine for a standard peripheral IV infusion.

GTX-104 provides a convenient IV delivery of nimodipine in the Intensive Care Unit eliminating the need for nasogastric tube administration in unconscious or dysphagic patients. Intravenous delivery of GTX-104 also has the potential to lower food effects, drug-to-drug interactions, and eliminate potential dosing errors. Further, GTX-104 has the potential to better manage hypotension in aSAH patients. GTX-104 has been administered in over 150 healthy volunteers and was well tolerated with significantly lower inter- and intra-subject pharmacokinetic variability compared to oral nimodipine. The addressable market in the United States for GTX-104 is estimated to be about $300 million, based on market research.

About Acasti

Acasti is a late-stage biopharma company with drug candidates addressing rare and orphan diseases. Acasti's novel drug delivery technologies have the potential to improve the performance of currently marketed drugs by achieving faster onset of action, enhanced efficacy, reduced side effects, and more convenient drug delivery. Acasti's lead clinical assets have each been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the FDA, which provides seven years of marketing exclusivity post-launch in the United States, and additional intellectual property protection with over 40 granted and pending patents. Acasti's lead clinical asset, GTX-104, is an intravenous infusion targeting aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (aSAH), a rare and life-threatening medical emergency in which bleeding occurs over the surface of the brain in the subarachnoid space between the brain and skull.

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Prashant Kohli
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 450-686-4555

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Lytham Partners, LLC

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