Ceregene today announced disappointing results from its second Phase 2 trial of CERE-120, an experimental gene therapy treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD). CERE-120 was designed to deliver neurturin, a specialized protein known as a trophic factor, into the brain. The hope was that it might heal diseased brain cells, helping to slow the progression of the disease, a therapeutic effect suggested in pre-clinical studies of neurturin.
CERE-120 did not reach its primary endpoint in this study, unfortunate news which makes it unclear if it will remain in development. Still, there is a lot to be learned from Ceregene’s research that could have important implications for developing similar trophic factor therapies for PD moving forward. Read more here.