Israeli Neuronix Reports Positive Results In Its Multi-Center Alzheimer’s Study
29 November, 2016
The Israeli med-tech company can now proceed to submit its therapy system for FDA clearance
Israeli med-tech compnay Neuronix announced positive results from its pivotal, double-blind placebo-controlled, multi-center clinical study, for the assessment of safety and efficacy of the neuroAD Therapy System, in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, Neuronix announces it has filed a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) de-novo application seeking regulatory clearance to market its neuroAD Therapy System for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. If approved, the neuroAD Therapy System would be the first medical device ever cleared by the FDA for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Study involved 131 patients at nine medical centers in the United States and one in Israel. The Study evaluated the safety and efficacy of the neuroAD Therapy System in comparison to placebo, following six weeks of treatment and six weeks of follow-up, using the cognitive and behavioral standard scales for the evaluation of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The Study’s positive outcomes confirm and extend the results of former studies conducted across the world with the neuroAD Therapy System.
Based on the pivotal Study findings, together with the positive results of earlier studies, Neuronix filed an FDA de-novo application seeking regulatory clearance to market its neuroAD Therapy System for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This submission follows earlier communications with the FDA, as a result of which the neuroAD Therapy System was accepted for review under the Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) program, which is reserved exclusively for medical devices that present novel and breakthrough technologies, and target an unmet medical need which is life threatening or irreversibly debilitating.
Alzheimer’s disease is considered one of the greatest unmet medical needs in the world today, with only a few available drugs offering partial clinical benefit, frequently limited by side effects. The neuroAD Therapy System is a patent-protected, non-invasive medical device, uniquely combining transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with cognitive training, to concurrently target brain regions affected by Alzheimer’s disease. The neuroAD Therapy System can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as drug therapies.
“After years of research and development, and completing several prior successful clinical trials, this recent pivotal multicenter study, which was carried out in some of the most prestigious Alzheimer’s research centers in the world, provides additional evidence that the neuroAD Therapy System offers an important additional potential benefit to patients with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Eyal Baror, CEO of Neuronix. “With these positive findings, we have applied to the FDA for marketing clearance under the EAP program, and expect to have the neuroAD Therapy System cleared in 2017. This will bring new hope for the millions of Alzheimer’s patients and their families who find themselves in a race against time searching for an effective treatment to manage the effects of this debilitating and incurable disease.”
“After seeing the results for myself in patients who have undergone the treatment, I believe that neuroAD is the most exciting breakthrough in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research in more than a decade,” said Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Cognitive Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “While there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, neuroAD is a non-invasive option, with minimal side effects, which has the potential to help patients maintain their cognitive abilities and the independence that so many of us take for granted.”
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