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Imara’s investigational oral inhibitor IMR-687 is well-tolerated, and shows signs of potential for lowering blood biomarkers of sickle cell anemia (SCA), early data from a Phase 2 trial show. The results were presented at the 24th Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA), held recently in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
“We are encouraged by this interim Phase 2a analysis that reinforces our belief in the potential of IMR-687 as a single oral, once-a-day therapeutic,” Rahul D. Ballal, CEO of Imara, said in a press release.
“IMR-687 uniquely targets both red cell and white cell aspects of the disease, and we are working to expeditiously advance this novel therapy through clinical development, with a goal of delivering it to patients with SCD [sickle cell disease] who are in need of innovative treatment options,” Ballal added.
The highly potent therapy is an oral inhibitor of the phosphodiesterase 9 (PDE9) enzyme found in red blood cells. Inhibition of PDE9 in preclinical studies with cells and animal models showed that IMR-687 increases fetal hemoglobin.
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