Flex Pharma (NASDAQ: FLKS) shares are up 23% this morning on news that the company’s co-activator of TRPA1 and TRPV1, FLX-787, has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat severe muscle cramps in patients with ALS. Currently, no treatments for this condition are approved in the U.S. “With Phase 2 clinical trials in both ALS and CMT expected to initiate this quarter in the US, FLX-787 will be amongst the most advanced, novel compounds in the clinic for these degenerative neurological diseases. The R&D team is focused on the execution of these new Phase 2 IND studies, as well as completion of the ongoing exploratory Phase 2 spasticity study in MS in Australia. These studies are expected to yield several important data readouts in 2018,” Flex Pharma interim president and CEO William McVicar, Ph.D. stated in the news release.
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About Flex Pharma
Flex Pharma, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company that is developing innovative and proprietary treatments for cramps and spasticity associated with the severe neurological diseases of ALS, MS and peripheral neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT). Flex Pharma was founded by National Academy of Science members Rod MacKinnon, M.D. (2003 Nobel Laureate), and Bruce Bean, Ph.D., recognized leaders in the fields of ion channels and neurobiology, along with Chair Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D. For more information, visit www.flex-pharma.com.
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