VYNE Therapeutics Inc. (VYNE:NASDAQ) finished enrolling patients, on schedule, in the Phase 2a trial evaluating FMX114 in mild to moderate atopic dermatitis, and topline results are expected in late July-early August of this year, reported H.C. Wainwright & Co. analyst Joseph Pantginis in a June 17 research note.
Also of note, H.C. Wainwright's target price on VYNE of $7 per share indicates a significant potential return for investors given the biopharma company's current share price is around $0.50.
In Phase 2a, a double-blinded study, the 25 enrolled patients are to receive FMX114 and vehicle treatment four times a day for four weeks, Pantginis relayed. The objective is to further assess the safety, pharmacokinetics, and efficacy of the company's proprietary tofacitinib and fingolimod combination gel formulation.
Pantginis highlighted that results from the Phase 1b portion of the Phase 1b/2a trial are encouraging. Patients showed a significant reduction in atopic dermatitis signs and symptoms after two weeks of FMX114 treatment. The therapeutic was shown to be safe, too.
In the report, Pantginis also provided updates on VYNE's two immunomodulatory assets, VYN201 and VYN202. These are BET inhibitors derived from the InhiBET platform.
"BET proteins are key regulators of inflammation and oncogenesis via mechanisms of transcriptional modulation," the analyst explained.
As for VYN201, a locally administered pan-bromodomain inhibitor, it "demonstrated robust preclinical efficacy in a number of inflammatory indications," noted Pantginis. Newly released data on VYN201 show it safely provides immunosuppression.
VYNE intends to pursue VYN201 in vitiligo first, given the market potential, "impressive preliminary data" and significant unmet need, Pantginis wrote. "Current therapies for vitiligo are limited in their ability to generate a rapid response, are typically cumbersome for patients, and have limited durability."
As such, the company is targeting H2/22 for the launch of a Phase 1a/b clinical trial of VYN201 in vitiligo.
"This is an important step forward for VYNE and its InhiBET platform, and we look forward to updates in the upcoming months," Pantginis added.
Regarding VYNE's later-stage, orally administered VYN202, the biopharma has yet to decide which systemic hyperinflammatory indication to pursue it in first, but the choices include rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus, ulcerative colitis/Crohn's disease, and multiple sclerosis. VYNE is looking to commence, later this year, a Phase 1 trial of VYN202 in the indication it chooses.
H.C. Wainwright & Co. has a Buy rating on VYNE.
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