Dexpramipexole clinical trial enrols first participant

We’re aware that thing’s may seem quiet in terms of ‘big’ MND research moments… almost too quiet…

Well, today, the pharmaceutical companies Biogen Idec and Knopp Biosciences announced that the first person has been recruited into their clinical trial to test the effectiveness and safety of a drug called dexpramipexole.

       Please note: UK trial recruitment has not yet opened.

This is exciting news as it marks an important milestone of a drug reaching a new level in its development. It’s the equivalent of the drug going to University after going to primary school, secondary school and college and passing all its exams with flying colours. It is only by successfully completing these previous phases that the drug can be tested in a large Phase III clinical trial.

With a whopping 804 people with MND set to be recruited into this trial from 11 countries around the world, in three continents, it’s certainly a big trial. Although each centre is set to recruit approximately 10 people, it’s a fantastic opportunity for people with MND from around the world to be involved in this collaborative research effort to find the answer to whether this drug is effective for MND.

With strict inclusion criteria, we are aware that a lot of people will be disappointed that they cannot participate – more information on this can be found in our news in research article on our website.

The official Biogen Idec press release can be found here.