Stoke Therapeutics Presents Data From Multiple Studies of Children and Adolescents With Dravet Syndrome at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2023 Annual Meeting
– Data from clinical studies of STK-001 demonstrated clinical benefit for patients ages 2 to 18 years old, including reductions in seizures and improvements in cognition and behavior that support the potential for disease modification –
– Analysis of 72 patients treated in STK-001 clinical trials suggests that higher STK-001 drug exposure in brain leads to greater seizure reductions –
– Two-year data from the longest prospective natural history study of Dravet syndrome showed that, on average, patients experienced no meaningful improvement in convulsive seizure frequency and exhibited widening gaps in cognition and behavior despite treatment with the best available anti-seizure medicines –
“The comprehensive set of data being presented at AES are giving us a very good understanding of how STK-001 works and its potential to address not only seizures, but many of the non-seizure effects of Dravet syndrome,” said
“Dravet syndrome goes far beyond seizures, and as children grow up, they experience a complex array of life-altering challenges, including developmental delays, movement and balance issues and delayed language and speech,” said
Highlights from the Company’s presentations of data at the meeting, include:
- BUTTERFLY Natural History Study of Patients with Dravet Syndrome Ages 2 to 18: Despite treatment with the best available anti-seizure medicines, on average, patients continued to experience convulsive seizures over 24 months at similar frequency to baseline. No statistically significant change from baseline in the majority of Vineland-III measures (an established instrument for assessing developmental disabilities) was observed and the rate of improvement on multiple clinical measures, including key domains of the Vineland-III, was substantially below neurotypical peers. Gaps in neurodevelopment continued to widen throughout the study among patients with Dravet syndrome compared to their age-matched neurotypical peers.
- MONARCH & ADMIRAL Interim Analyses: Single and multiple doses of STK-001 up to 70mg were generally well tolerated. The multiple dose 70mg cohort showed the greatest reductions in convulsive seizure frequency, outperforming all lower dose groups. Patients treated with 2 or 3 initial doses of 70mg experienced substantial and sustained reductions in convulsive seizure frequency.
- SWALLOWTAIL & LONGWING Open Label Extension (OLE) studies: Approximately 90% of patients who completed participation in Phase 1/2a studies of STK-001 enrolled in one of these OLE studies. Multiple doses of STK-001 up to 45mg given every 4 months were generally well tolerated. In addition to durable reductions in convulsive seizure frequency throughout the course of treatment, data indicated substantial improvements in multiple assessments of cognition and behavior over 12 months. These data support the potential for disease-modification with STK-001.
- PK Model for STK-001: A relationship between STK-001 brain exposures and convulsive seizure frequency was evaluated based on 72 patients treated in the Phase 1/2a studies (MONARCH and ADMIRAL) and the SWALLOWTAIL OLE study in children and adolescents with Dravet syndrome. The exposure-seizure analysis demonstrated that higher STK-001 brain exposure leads to greater reductions in convulsive seizure frequency (R=-0.23, P<0.001).
Details of the Company’s presentations can be found in the table below. All presentations are available for download on the
24-Month Analysis of BUTTERFLY: A Prospective, Observational Study to Investigate Cognition and Other Non-seizure Comorbidities in Children & Adolescents with Dravet Syndrome (DS)
Poster Number: 1.233
MONARCH & ADMIRAL: Phase 1/2a Studies in US &
Helen Cross, MB ChB, Ph.D., Professor, The
Poster Number: 1.276
SWALLOWTAIL & LONGWING: Open-Label Extension (OLE) Studies for Children and Adolescents with Dravet Syndrome (DS) who Previously Participated in a Study of Antisense Oligonucleotide (ASO) STK-001
Archana Desurkar M.D., Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Sheffield Children’s
Poster Number: 1.279
Utilization of a Pharmacokinetic (PK) Model for STK-001 in Patients with Dravet Syndrome (DS) To Support Selection of Dosing Regimens in Clinic
Poster Number: 3.110
About Dravet Syndrome
Dravet syndrome is a severe and progressive genetic epilepsy characterized by frequent, prolonged and refractory seizures, beginning within the first year of life. Dravet syndrome is difficult to treat and has a poor long-term prognosis. Complications of the disease often contribute to a poor quality of life for patients and their caregivers. The effects of the disease go beyond seizures and often include intellectual disability, developmental delays, movement and balance issues, language and speech disturbances, growth defects, sleep abnormalities, disruptions of the autonomic nervous system and mood disorders. The disease is classified as a developmental and epileptic encephalopathy due to the developmental delays and cognitive impairment associated with the disease. Compared with the general epilepsy population, people living with Dravet syndrome have a higher risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP. There are no approved disease-modifying therapies for people living with Dravet syndrome. One out of 16,000 babies are born with Dravet syndrome, which is not concentrated in a particular geographic area or ethnic group.
STK-001 is an investigational new medicine for the treatment of Dravet syndrome currently being evaluated in ongoing clinical trials. Stoke believes that STK-001, a proprietary antisense oligonucleotide (ASO), has the potential to be the first disease-modifying therapy to address the genetic cause of Dravet syndrome. STK-001 is designed to upregulate NaV1.1 protein expression by leveraging the non-mutant (wild-type) copy of the SCN1A gene to restore physiological NaV1.1 levels, thereby reducing both occurrence of seizures and significant non-seizure comorbidities. STK-001 has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA and the EMA, and rare pediatric disease designation by the FDA as a potential new treatment for Dravet syndrome.
About the Phase 1/2a MONARCH Study (
The MONARCH study is a Phase 1/2a open-label study of children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 who have an established diagnosis of Dravet syndrome and have evidence of a genetic mutation in the SCN1A gene. The primary objectives for the study are to assess the safety and tolerability of STK-001, as well as to determine the pharmacokinetics in plasma and exposure in cerebrospinal fluid. A secondary objective is to assess the efficacy as an adjunctive antiepileptic treatment with respect to the percentage change from baseline in convulsive seizure frequency. Stoke also intends to measure non-seizure aspects of the disease, such as quality of life, as secondary endpoints. Additional information about the MONARCH study can be found at https://www.monarchstudy.com/.
Patients who participated in the MONARCH study and meet study entry criteria are eligible to continue treatment in SWALLOWTAIL, an open-label extension (OLE) study designed to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of repeat doses of STK-001. We expect that SWALLOWTAIL will also provide valuable information on the preliminary effects of STK-001 on seizures along with non-seizure aspects of the disease, such as quality of life and cognition.
Enrollment and dosing in SWALLOWTAIL are ongoing.
About the Phase 1/2a ADMIRAL Study (
The ADMIRAL study is a Phase 1/2a open-label study of children and adolescents ages 2 to <18 who have an established diagnosis of Dravet syndrome and have evidence of a genetic mutation in the SCN1A gene. The primary objectives for the study are to assess the safety and tolerability of multiple doses of STK-001, as well as to determine the pharmacokinetics in plasma and exposure in cerebrospinal fluid. A secondary objective is to assess the effect of multiple doses of STK-001 as an adjunctive antiepileptic treatment with respect to the percentage change from baseline in convulsive seizure frequency. Stoke also intends to measure non-seizure aspects of the disease, such as overall clinical status and quality of life, as secondary endpoints.
Patients who participated in the ADMIRAL study and meet study entry criteria are eligible to continue treatment in LONGWING, an open-label extension (OLE) study designed to evaluate the long-term safety and tolerability of repeat doses of STK-001. We expect that LONGWING will also provide valuable information on the preliminary effects of STK-001 on seizures along with non-seizure aspects of the disease, such as quality of life and cognition.
Enrollment and dosing in LONGWING are ongoing.
About the BUTTERFLY Observational Study
The BUTTERFLY study is a multicenter, longitudinal, prospective, observational study of children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 who have been diagnosed with Dravet syndrome as a result of an SCN1A gene mutation. This observational study was designed to evaluate neurodevelopmental status and change from baseline to 24 months. Secondary and exploratory endpoints in the study evaluated changes in other disease measures, including seizures and additional non-seizure comorbidities. No investigational medications or other treatments were provided. Participants continued to receive their usual care, including anti-seizure medications, and were observed by a team of doctors and nurses over time for up to two years. The study was conducted at approximately 20 sites in
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