Imeglimin - US/EU
A New Class of Potential Anti-diabetic Treatments with a Differentiated Mechanism of Action
Imeglimin is the first orally-available anti-diabetes candidate that simultaneously targets all three key organs of diabetes: the pancreas, the liver and the muscles. Imeglimin targets the two main defects seen in patients with type 2 diabetes: The pancreas by increasing insulin secretion, in a glucose-dependent manner; and the muscles and liver by decreasing the excess production of glucose by the liver while increasing the effectiveness of insulin or 'insulin sensitivity' in the muscles.
Enabling Early Treatment
We are developing Imeglimin as an oral formulation with key advantages over standard of care. Imeglimin has the potential to enable early treatment use as a monotherapy and as a combination treatment:
- As a monotherapy for patients that cannot take Metformin
- As an oral combination therapy used in 2-drug or 3-drug combinations
- Imeglimin has the potential to delay injectable treatments
Imeglimin Offers Unique Glucose Lowering Benefits
Imeglimin's goal is to slow down progression of type 2 diabetes and reduce complications:
- Prevents the first step of apoptotic cascade (cytochrome C release) and protects cells from dying when submitted to an oxidative stress (high glucose levels)
- Prevents endothelial dysfunction, which is well correlated to an improvement of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular complications
- Preserves beta cell mass and beta cell function over time, leading to a potential delay of the disease's progression
In preclinical and clinical evaluations to date, Imeglimin has demonstrated the potential to counteract the mitochondrial dysfunction at the root of type 2 diabetes. Both efficacy and safety were observed in 18 clinical trials with over 1,200 subjects treated.
Imeglimin displayed a good safety and tolerability profile.
10 studies were conducted with 301 subjects on Imeglimin 100mg to 8000mg/day. We assessed safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics.
Imeglimin displayed a favorable tolerability profile, including patients with renal impairment. A similar profile was observed in Japanese origin subjects versus non-Japanese origin subjects.
Efficacy is not studied in Phase 1 safety trials
Imeglimin displayed efficacy with a good safety profile.
8 studies with 910 patients on Imeglimin 500mg to 2,000mg twice daily. We assessed efficacy on glycemic and non-glycemic parameters, as well as an evaluation on safety and tolerability.
The safety profile is similar to the placebo results.
- We observed a statistically significant decrease in A1c levels after 4, 8, 18 and 24 weeks of treatment in monotherapy versus placebo (with 433 patients)
- We observed a statistically significant decrease in A1c levels after 24 weeks of treatment in monotherapy versus placebo (with 299 patients)
- We observed a statistically significant decrease in A1c levels after 12 weeks of treatment in combination with Sitagliptin versus placebo (with 82 patients)
- We observed a statistically significant decrease in A1c levels after 12 weeks of treatment in combination with metformin versus placebo (with 78 patients)
- We observed improvements in insulin secretion in type 2 diabetic patients during hyperglycemic clamp (with 18 patients)
Our Development and Commercialization Strategy
We are seeking a development and commercialization partner for the Phase 3 program in the U.S. and EU, a ~$32B* market opportunity. We are continuing to strengthen Imeglimin's profile as a differentiated compound from other diabetes drugs and are conducting preclinical and clinical studies focused on benefits in cardiovascular complications.