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Phase 3 Trial of Masitinib Again Enrolling ALS Patients in Norway

A national agency in Norway has given AB Science the go-ahead to resume enrollment in AB19001, a Phase 3 clinical trial investigating the safety and efficacy of the company’s investigational oral therapy masitinib in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). AB had voluntarily suspended recruitment and treatment…

Masitinib Helps Keep Inflammatory Mast Cells From Spinal Cord

Mast cells, a type of immune cell, infiltrate the spinal cord of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and rodent models of the disease, exhibiting pro-inflammatory features that are likely involved in motor neuron and microvasculature damage, a study suggests. Notably, treating these mice models with masitinib — an experimental oral…

I AM ALS Expanding Efforts Into Research, Patient Support

I AM ALS, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is expanding its efforts in scientific research and public policy. The organization’s new Science and Policy program will include three key focuses, according to a press release emailed to ALS News Today.

NIH $1.25M Grant Supports Work Into Nerve Cell Loss in ALS

A Temple University research team received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant totaling $1.25 million to explore the molecular underpinnings of neuronal degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other diseases. With this five-year grant, the team led by Gareth Thomas, PhD, an associate professor of neural sciences…

Phase 3 Trial of Ultomiris in ALS Patients Stopping for Lack of Efficacy

Alexion Pharmaceuticals is stopping further work on Ultomiris (ravulizumab) — its approved therapy for complement-associated rare blood disorders — as a potential treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) based on interim data from the CHAMPION-ALS Phase 3 clinical trial. While top-line results were expected by mid-2022, the study’s independent data…

COMBAT-ALS Trial Still Enrolling in North America

MediciNova is still recruiting adults with early-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for the COMBAT-ALS Phase 2b/3 clinical trial evaluating its investigational oral therapy MN-166 (ibudilast). Patients are being enrolled at 19 sites across North America; more information about contacts and locations is available here. “We continue to…

Clene Boosts Production Capacity of CNM-Au8

Clene, and its wholly owned subsidiary Clene Nanomedicine, have signed two lease agreements that will more than quadruple the manufacturing capacity of CNM-Au8, their investigational therapy for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The first lease is for a 10-year agreement for a 74,210-square-foot building in Elkton, Maryland.