Altimmune Announces Completion of Dosing in the Phase 2 MOMENTUM Trial of Pemvidutide in Subjects with Obesity or Overweight
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altimmune, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALT), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the completion of dosing (last subject last dose) in its 48-week Phase 2 MOMENTUM trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of pemvidutide in subjects with obesity or overweight. Pemvidutide is a novel, investigational GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist under development for the treatment of obesity and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
MOMENTUM is a multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled trial that is being conducted at approximately 30 sites in the United States, with Dr. Louis J. Aronne, Founder and Director of the Center for Weight Management at Weill-Cornell Medical Center, and a leading authority in obesity and obesity clinical trials, serving as the Principal Investigator. At the conclusion of enrollment, a total of 391 subjects with obesity or overweight and without diabetes were enrolled and randomized, the higher than planned enrollment reflecting the high enthusiasm for the trial and surge in eligible participants at final screenings. Subjects were randomized 1:1:1:1 to either 1.2 mg, 1.8 mg, 2.4 mg pemvidutide or placebo administered weekly for 48 weeks in conjunction with diet and exercise. The primary endpoint of the trial is the relative (percent) change in body weight at 48-weeks compared to baseline, with additional readouts including metabolic and lipid profiles, cardiovascular measures and glucose homeostasis.
“We remain on target to announce topline 48-week results from our Phase 2 MOMENTUM trial in the fourth quarter of this year,” said Vipin K. Garg, Ph.D., President and CEO of Altimmune. “We believe pemvidutide offers a highly differentiated product profile that includes significant reductions in body weight, serum lipids and liver fat, without increases in heart rate or other cardiovascular safety signals. We also believe this combination of attributes has the potential to demonstrate best in class benefits in future cardiovascular outcome trials.”
Pemvidutide is a novel, investigational, peptide-based GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist in development for the treatment of obesity and NASH. Activation of the GLP-1 and glucagon receptors is believed to mimic the complementary effects of diet and exercise on weight loss, withGLP-1 suppressing appetite and glucagon increasing energy expenditure. Glucagon is also recognized as having direct effects on hepatic fat metabolism, leading to rapid reductions in levels of liver fat. Pemvidutide incorporates the EuPort™ domain, a proprietary technology that increases its serum half-life for weekly dosing while likely slowing the entry of pemvidutide into the bloodstream, which may improve its tolerability.
Altimmune is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative next-generation therapeutics for the treatment of obesity and liver diseases. The Company’s lead product candidate, pemvidutide, is a GLP-1/glucagon dual receptor agonist that is being developed for the treatment of obesity and NASH. In addition, Altimmune is developing HepTcell™, an immunotherapeutic designed to achieve a functional cure for CHB. For more information, please visit www.altimmune.com.
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