CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and ROSTOCK, Germany, and BERLIN and MUNICH, Germany, December 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Centogene N.V. (Nasdaq: CNTG), a commercial-stage company focused on rare diseases that transforms real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians and pharmaceutical companies, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Alnylam”), the leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today the launch of a new joint clinical screening program: the genetic screening of the at-risk population for hereditary TransthyRetin-related AMyloidosis and longitudinal monitoring of TTR positive subjects (the “TRAMmoniTTR Study”).
The new TRAMmoniTTR Study is a follow-up to the preceding epidemiological analysis for hereditary TransthyRetin-related AMyloidosis (the “TRAM Study” (NCT03237494)). Since 2017, 5,000 participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland with polyneuropathy and/or cardiomyopathy of no obvious etiology have been screened for ATTRv as part of the TRAM Study. More than 1% of participants were eventually diagnosed with ATTRv, clinically characterized and regionally mapped.
The follow-up TRAMmoniTTR Study will include both symptomatic and asymptomatic TTR positive participants, who will be invited to take part in the longitudinal phase to monitor their clinical status. Using CENTOGENE´s metabolomics profiling platform, the Company has discovered and now characterizes novel ATTRv biomarkers. Such molecules are crucial to accelerate ATTRv diagnostics and treatment personalization. The monitoring of these biomarkers in TTR positive participants will support the validation process.
Prof. Peter Bauer, Chief Genomic Officer of CENTOGENE, said, “This is the first study where both symptomatic and asymptomatic TTR positive participants will be monitored for two years. This will allow us to validate our ATTRv biomarkers and later utilize them for treatment individualization.”
Dr. Volha Skrahina, Director of Clinical Studies at CENTOGENE, added, “Within the initial TRAM Study, we were able to deliver truly valuable insights. More than 50 participants suffering from the known and treatable disease received the diagnosis. We will now proceed with the screening in TRAMmoniTTR in order to accelerate the diagnosis for those suffering and awaiting answers. This is crucial due to the progressive nature of the disease."
“We are excited about expanding our collaboration with CENTOGENE in its epidemiology and biomarker work through the initiation of a new clinical program (TRAMmoniTTR) focused on Hereditary Transthyretin-Related Amyloidosis,” said Dr. Bernhard Kaumanns, VP Medical Affairs CEMEA (Canada, Europe, Middle East & Africa) at Alnylam. “This program will help to better understand diagnostic pathways and identify possible biomarkers to accelerate the diagnosis of this devastating disease. Equally important is the patient follow-up that this program provides; long term evidence-based data will be generated to improve the understanding of this disease under conditions of daily clinical practice.”
About Hereditary Transthyretin-Related Amyloidosis (“ATTRv”)
ATTRv is an autosomal dominant condition caused by a pathogenic variant in the TTR gene (Plante-Bordeneuve et al. 2011). The TTR gene is coding for transthyretin, formerly known as prealbumin. Transthyretin (“Ttr”) is found primarily in the serum (secreted by the liver) and the cerebrospinal fluid (secreted by the choroid plexus), and functions as a carrier for the hormone thyroxine (T4) and retinol-binding protein (bound to retinol or vitamin A). The destabilization of the Ttr protein and the formation of misfolded Ttr proteins results in the transthyretin amyloidosis diseases. There are more than 150 TTR pathogenic variants described; the disease phenotype is TTR variant dependent (Ando et al. 2013, Rowczenio et al. 2014, Rowczenio et al. 2015).
On average, the diagnosis is delayed by 4–5 years, especially in non-endemic areas. Also, there is potential for misdiagnosis due to ATTRv´s clinical heterogeneity (Adams et al., 2016). The common misdiagnosis of ATTRv with polyneuropathy includes chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, idiopathic axonal polyneuropathy, lumbar spinal stenosis and, more rarely, diabetic neuropathy and AL amyloidosis (Koike et al., 2011; Adams et al., 2019).
In order to facilitate an early diagnosis, treatment choice and individualization, ATTRv biomarkers are critical.
CENTOGENE engages in diagnosis and research around rare diseases transforming real-world clinical and genetic data into actionable information for patients, physicians and pharmaceutical companies. Our goal is to bring rationality to treatment decisions and to accelerate the development of new orphan drugs by using our extensive rare disease knowledge, including epidemiological and clinical data, as well as innovative biomarkers. CENTOGENE has developed a global proprietary rare disease platform based on our real-world data repository with over 3.6 billion weighted data points from approximately 570,000 patients representing over 120 different countries as of August 31, 2020.
The Company’s platform includes epidemiologic, phenotypic and genetic data that reflects a global population, and also a biobank of these patients’ blood samples. CENTOGENE believes this represents the only platform that comprehensively analyzes multi-level data to improve the understanding of rare hereditary diseases, which can aid in the identification of patients and improve our pharmaceutical partners’ ability to bring orphan drugs to the market. As of August 31, 2020, the Company collaborated with over 40 pharmaceutical partners covering over 45 different rare diseases.
About Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Alnylam (Nasdaq: ALNY) is leading the translation of RNA interference (“RNAi”) into a whole new class of innovative medicines with the potential to transform the lives of people afflicted with rare genetic, cardio-metabolic, hepatic infectious, and central nervous system/ocular diseases. Based on Nobel Prize-winning science, RNAi therapeutics represent a powerful, clinically validated approach for the treatment of a wide range of severe and debilitating diseases. Founded in 2002, Alnylam is delivering on a bold vision to turn scientific possibility into reality, with a robust RNAi therapeutics platform. Alnylam’s commercial RNAi therapeutic products are ONPATTRO® (patisiran), approved in the U.S., EU, Canada, Japan, Brazil and Switzerland, and GIVLAARI® (givosiran), approved in the U.S., EU, Brazil and Canada, and OXLUMO™ (lumasiran) approved in the U.S. and the EU. Alnylam has a deep pipeline of investigational medicines, including six product candidates that are in late-stage development. Alnylam is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
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