Acer Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of therapies for serious rare and life-threatening diseases with significant unmet medical needs, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted celiprolol Breakthrough Therapy designation (BTD) in the U.S. for the treatment of patients with COL3A1-positive vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS).
BTD is a process designed to expedite the development and review of drugs that are intended to treat a serious condition and preliminary clinical evidence indicates that the drug may demonstrate substantial improvement on at least one clinically significant endpoint(s) over available therapy.
“With no currently approved treatments for vEDS anywhere in the world, this designation by FDA marks an important step forward in support of our goal to provide treatment options like EDSIVO™ to rare disease patients, who are often overlooked or underserved,” said Adrian Quartel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Acer. “We look forward to continuing our discussions with FDA, through the SPA process, to seek agreement on the protocol design of the proposed pivotal Phase 3 DiSCOVER trial that we plan to initiate by the end of Q2 2022 once agreement is reached.”
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