- SZN-043 preclinical data shows rapid, transient increases in hepatocyte proliferation and was well tolerated in non-clinical toxicology studies
- SZN-1326 preclinical data shows improved intestinal epithelial healing, restored epithelial barrier, and reduced colitis-associated collagen deposition and was well tolerated in non-clinical toxicology studies
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Surrozen, Inc. (“Surrozen” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SRZN), a company pioneering targeted therapeutics that selectively activate the Wnt pathway for tissue repair and regeneration, today announced the presentation of data supporting the continued development of its lead therapeutic programs at United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), being held Oct. 8-11 in Vienna.
“These data reinforce the compelling mechanism-based rationale for our lead clinical programs, SZN-1326 for the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis and SZN-043 for severe liver diseases, initially focusing on severe alcoholic hepatitis,” said Craig Parker, CEO of Surrozen. “Wnt signaling promotes intestinal stem cell renewal which is essential for intestinal epithelial regeneration and plays a key role in hepatocyte regeneration after liver injury. Data presented at UEGW demonstrate that both molecules potently, rapidly and safely enhance Wnt signaling. Phase 1 clinical trials of our SZN-1326 and SZN-043 programs were initiated in May and June, respectively, and are ongoing.”
In a poster entitled, “SZN-043 induced quick and robust hepatocyte proliferation in a 14-day daily dosing Edu-labeling study in SCID mice,” Surrozen presented data showing that hepatocytes started to proliferate within 2 days after starting SZN-043 treatments and that this proliferation ceased around Day 6 despite continued exposure to SZN-043 for up to 14 days. Surrozen believes that the transient, self-limited hepatocyte proliferation induced by SZN-043, is likely controlled by negative feedback loops responsible for regulation of cell proliferation and liver homeostasis.
In a poster entitled, “SZN-043, an R-Spondin mimetic in development for the treatment of liver disease, demonstrates a strong safety profile in nonclinical toxicology studies,” Surrozen presented preclinical data showing that SZN-043, in 4-week mouse and cynomolgus monkey Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)-compliant toxicology studies, was well-tolerated at doses up to 125 mg/kg intravenously, twice weekly. SZN-043-related changes were considered non-adverse, limited to clinical chemistry and changes in organ weight and demonstrated evidence of recovery in most cases. There were no macroscopic or microscopic SZN-043-related observations and the no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) was the highest dose of 125 mg/kg.
In an oral presentation entitled, “SZN-1326, a Wnt mimetic, improved epithelial healing and decreased collagen deposition in a dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis mouse model,” Surrozen presented data showing that in an acute colitis mouse model, SZN-1326 treatment, in a dose-dependent manner, induced mucosal healing and restored the epithelial barrier resulting in reduced inflammation, reduced colitis‐associated collagen deposition, improved body weight and reduced disease activity.
In a poster entitled, “SZN-1326, a tetravalent, bispecific antibody developed for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, has a favorable profile in 13-week GLP toxicity studies,” Surrozen presented data showing that SZN-1326 has a favorable safety profile in 13-week rat and cynomolgus monkey GLP-compliant toxicology studies, with no SZN-1326-related adverse events observed at the highest IV administered dose of 75 mg/kg weekly and 30 mg/kg weekly when dosed SC. The study found minimal, non-adverse, clinical pathology findings in rats, that were not correlated with any macro- or microscopic histopathological changes or clinical observations and the NOAEL was the highest IV administered dosage of 75 mg/kg/dose.
SZN-1326 for Moderate to Severe Ulcerative Colitis
SZN-1326 is the first development candidate designed using Surrozen’s SWAP™ technology and targets the Wnt-signaling pathway in the intestinal epithelium. In preclinical animal models of acute and chronic colitis, SZN-1326 has been shown to activate Wnt signaling in the diseased intestine, stimulate intestinal epithelial regeneration, reduce inflammation, and reduce disease activity with no treatment-related adverse effects observed in 13-week GLP compliant toxicology evaluations in rats and non-human primates (NHPs). Surrozen is initially developing SZN-1326 for moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. The first subject in the Phase 1 clinical study of SZN-1326 was dosed in May, and the trial is posted to the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry here.
SZN-043 for Severe Alcoholic Hepatis
SZN-043 is the first development candidate using Surrozen’s SWEETS™ technology which is designed to mimic the regenerative properties of the protein R-Spondin by enhancing Wnt signaling in a cell-targeted manner. In multiple preclinical animal models of liver injury and fibrosis, SZN-043 has been shown to selectively activate Wnt signaling in the liver, stimulate transient hepatocyte proliferation, improve liver function, and reduce fibrosis with no treatment-related adverse effects observed in 4-week GLP compliant toxicology evaluations in mice and NHPs. Surrozen is developing SZN-043 for severe liver diseases, initially focusing on severe alcoholic hepatitis. The first subject in the Phase 1 clinical study of SZN-043 was dosed in June, and the trial is posted to the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry here.
About Wnt Signaling
Wnt signaling plays key roles in the control of development, homeostasis and regeneration of many essential organs and tissues, including liver, intestine, retina, lacrimal gland, lung, cornea, pancreas, skin and others. Modulation of Wnt signaling pathways has potential for treatment of degenerative diseases and tissue injuries. Surrozen’s platform and proprietary technologies have the potential to overcome the limitations in pursuing the Wnt pathway as a therapeutic strategy.
Surrozen is a clinical-stage biotechnology company discovering and developing drug candidates to selectively modulate the Wnt pathway. Surrozen is developing tissue-specific antibodies designed to engage the body’s existing biological repair mechanisms with potential application across multiple diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, eye diseases, and diseases of the lacrimal gland, lung and airway, pancreas, skin and many others. For more information, please visit surrozen.com For more information, please visit surrozen.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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Ian Stone, Managing Director
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