ATL1103 is a second generation antisense drug designed to block growth hormone receptor (GHr) expression thereby reducing levels of the hormone insulin‐like growth factor‐I (IGF‐I) in the blood and is a potential treatment for diseases associated with excessive growth hormone action. By inhibiting GHr production, ATL1103 in turn reduces IGF‐I levels in the blood (serum). There are a number of diseases that are associated with excess GH and IGF‐I action. These diseases include acromegaly, an abnormal growth disorder of organs, face, hands and feet; diabetic retinopathy, a common disease of the eye and a major cause of blindness; diabetic nephropathy, a common disease of the kidney and major cause of kidney failure, and certain forms of cancer.
ATL1103 is in clinical development as a treatment for acromegaly. Normalizing serum IGF‐I levels is the therapeutic goal in the treatment of acromegaly and reducing the effects of IGF‐I has a potential role in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy and certain forms of cancer. The Company conducted a successful Phase II trial of ATL1103 with the trial having met its primary efficacy endpoint by showing a statistically significant average reduction in sIGF-1 levels. The Company is presently conducting a high dose study of ATL1103 in adult patients with acromegaly in Australia.
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