IRLAB Therapeutics — Mesdopetam disease-modifying potential

IRLAB Therapeutics (OMX: IRLAB-A)

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SEK15.80

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IRLAB Therapeutics — Mesdopetam disease-modifying potential

Researchers in China studying IRLAB’s lead asset, mesdopetam (IRL790) in a preclinical model for levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease (PD-LIDs) have noted that the treatment not only improved dyskinesia in the tested rodents but also potentially demonstrated neuroprotective (disease-modifying) properties by restoring or improving alterations in dendritic spine density in the implicated regions. We view the latter as a key observation, given that PD continues to be a progressive disease currently addressed with only symptomatic treatments. However, this data would need to be reproduced in larger clinical trials to be conclusive. Management may seek to test this in the upcoming Phase III trial, which we expect to start before the year-end, provided a development partner is finalised.

Soo Romanoff

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Soo Romanoff

Managing Director - Head of Content, Healthcare

Healthcare

IRLAB Therapeutics

Mesdopetam disease-modifying potential

Clinical update

Pharma and biotech

17 June 2024

Price

SEK13.60

Market cap

SEK706m

SEK10.74/US$

Net cash (SEKm) at 31 March 2024 (ex-lease liabilities)

47.6

Shares in issue

51.9m

Free float

61.5%

Code

IRLAB-A

Primary exchange

Nasdaq Stockholm

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

Business description

Based in Sweden, IRLAB Therapeutics is focused on developing novel drugs for treating neurodegenerative diseases using its ISP technology platform. Its two lead assets are in late-stage clinical trials for the symptomatic treatment of Parkinson’s disease: mesdopetam (D3 antagonist) and pirepemat (PFC enhancer).

Analysts

Soo Romanoff

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

Jyoti Prakash, CFA

+44 (0)20 3077 5700

IRLAB Therapeutics is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Researchers in China studying IRLAB’s lead asset, mesdopetam (IRL790) in a preclinical model for levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson’s disease (PD-LIDs) have noted that the treatment not only improved dyskinesia in the tested rodents but also potentially demonstrated neuroprotective (disease-modifying) properties by restoring or improving alterations in dendritic spine density in the implicated regions. We view the latter as a key observation, given that PD continues to be a progressive disease currently addressed with only symptomatic treatments. However, this data would need to be reproduced in larger clinical trials to be conclusive. Management may seek to test this in the upcoming Phase III trial, which we expect to start before the year-end, provided a development partner is finalised.

Year end

Revenue (SEKm)

PBT*
(SEKm)

EPS*
(SEK)

DPS
(SEK)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/22

61.3

(113.1)

(2.18)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/23

5.7

(177.8)

(3.43)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/24e

32.6

(160.0)

(3.08)

0.0

N/A

N/A

12/25e

0.0

(185.5)

(3.58)

0.0

N/A

N/A

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

The preclinical study results were recently published in the esteemed scientific journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. The study evaluated mesdopetam, a dopamine D3 receptor antagonist, in a preclinical mouse model for PD-LIDs. The experiment included 26 mice, of which PD lesions were induced in 20, while six remained in the control/sham group. Of the PD group, the 10 successfully remodelled mice were then equally divided into the LID (L-dopa) and LID+IRL790 (L-dopa plus mesdopetam) groups. The mice in all three arms were tested on the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) for seven days. It was noted that the mice in the LID+IRL790 group had lower AIMS scores than the LID arm, indicating greater efficacy in ameliorating LID-related motor disorders such as dyskinesia. The data also showed that IRL790 did not negatively influence the anti-parkinsonian effects of L-dopa, supporting the combination treatment. Notably, it was observed that dendritic spine density in the synaptic regions of dopaminergic neurons was higher in the LID+IRL790 group versus the LID group (closer to the control, non-PD group), indicating the potentially restorative/disease-modifying properties of mesdopetam. If reproduced in clinical studies, we expect this to be a differentiator for mesdopetam in PD-LIDs, with a significantly larger market potential.

We remind that following the positive outcome from end-of-Phase II meeting with the FDA in March 2024, mesdopetam is now Phase III-ready, with further development and subsequent commercialisation work to be undertaken by the licensing partner, for which discussions are ongoing. The Phase III study design has been crystalised and will recruit c 250 patients for a treatment duration of 12 weeks, at a dosage of 7.5mg BID. Management had previously communicated that, subject to any delays, a partner could be signed, and the Phase III trial could commence by end-2024. IRLAB’s second clinical asset, pirepemat, is currently in a Phase IIb trial, for which patient recruitment is due to be completed in Q324, with top-line results expected in Q424 or Q125. A third asset, IRL757, has recently entered Phase I clinical studies.

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