International Niemann–Pick Disease Alliance
Company Registration No. 32266355
Copenhagen, Denmark, February 23, 2022 – Orphazyme A/S (ORPHA.CO (DK); ORPH (US)) (the “Company”), a late-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced an update on the ongoing review of the Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) for its investigational product candidate, arimoclomol, for the treatment of Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
While Orphazyme was encouraged by the positive feedback of the ad-hoc expert group meeting held on February 17, 2022, Orphazyme has today been notified by the CHMP of a negative trend vote on the MAA for arimoclomol in NPC following an Oral Explanation. The trend vote indicates that the CHMP’s current orientation is to not approve arimoclomol when it convenes by the end of March 2022. Orphazyme considers it unlikely that this position will change before the formal vote is undertaken next month.
In the light of the recent development and the Company’s financial situation, the Company will now assess the Company’s strategic options and provide an update to the market at the applicable time.
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Anders Vadsholt, CFO
+45 28 98 90 55
About Orphazyme A/S
Orphazyme is a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing arimoclomol for Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC). Orphazyme is headquartered in Denmark and has operations in the U.S. and Switzerland. ADSs representing Orphazyme’s shares are listed on Nasdaq U.S. (ORPH) and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (ORPHA).
Arimoclomol is an investigational drug candidate that amplifies the production of heat shock proteins (HSPs). HSPs can rescue defective misfolded proteins and improve the function of lysosomes. Arimoclomol is administered orally, and has now been studied in 10 Phase 1, four Phase 2, and three pivotal Phase 2/3 trials. Arimoclomol has received Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for NPC in the US and EU. Arimoclomol has received Fast-Track Designation (FTD), Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD), and Rare Pediatric Disease Designation (RPDD) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for NPC. On June 17, 2021, Orphazyme received a Complete Response Letter from the FDA regarding its New Drug Application for arimoclomol for the treatment of NPC. A marketing authorization application (MAA) for arimoclomol in NPC has been filed with the European Medicines Agency and is under review.
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