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On December 10, 2017, data from preclinical studies of WVE-3972-01, Wave Life Sciences Ltd.s (the Company) investigational stereopure antisense oligonucleotide designed to target the pathogenic allele of the C9ORF72 gene for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), were presented at the 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND. These data were presented by Robert Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD, with whom the Company is working in collaboration to further understand neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, and characterize the pharmacology of oligonucleotides. The slides presented containing these data are furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In addition, on December 11, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing these data. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2 attached hereto, is intended to be furnished and shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
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|99.1||Slides presented on December 10, 2017|
|99.2||Press release issued on December 11, 2017|
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|WAVE LIFE SCIENCES LTD.|
|Date: December 11, 2017||/s/ Keith C. Regnante|
|Keith C. Regnante|
|Chief Financial Officer|
Preclinical Data for
WVE-3972-01 Supporting ALS and FTD Programs
Robert Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD
Chair and Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School
28th International Symposium on ALS/MND December 10, 2017
Robert Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD is Chair and Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In January 2017, Wave Life Sciences and the University of
Massachusetts Medical School established a collaboration to further understand neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, and characterize the pharmacology of oligonucleotides. Research under this collaboration is conducted by Dr. Brown.
On December 10, 2017, during the closing plenary session of the 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND, Dr. Brown presented the following preclinical data for WVE-3972-01, Waves investigational stereopure antisense oligonucleotide designed to target the pathogenic allele of the C9ORF72 gene for the treatment of ALS and FTD.
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Lessons from SOD1 Gene Silencing
Recent Data for SOD1
Novel Reagents for Silencing C9orf72
Targeting C9orf72 in ALS
Lessons from SOD1 Gene Silencing
Recent Data for SOD1
Novel Reagents for Silencing C9orf72
Targeting C9orf72 in ALS
J. C. Dodart M. Moazami Z. Zhong C. Pinto Y. Liu J. Watts
Stereopure Nucleic Acids Therapeutics: Wave Chemistry
Chemically modified oligonucleotides are typically 20 nucleotides long and held together by a backbone of phosphorothioate linkages with uncontrolled chirality
The orientation of atoms at each linkage occurs randomly, adopting either an up or down orientation
These random orientations can result in a mixture of >500,000 unique molecules that may have implications for drug stability, activity, and safety
Uncontrolled 19 phosphorothioate (PS) linkers
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
219 = 524,288
Waves proprietary chemistry and stereochemistry platform enable the precise design, optimization and production of stereopure oligonucleotides
These are novel molecules with atoms precisely arranged in three-dimensional orientation at each linkage
Precisely designing and controlling chirality improves stability, potency and duration of effect in vitro
Controlled and optimized
Nucleotide Rp, up Rp or Sp Linker 2`modified nucleotide Sp down
Preferential knockdown of repeat-containing transcripts by targeting intron 1
(with the toxic hexanucleotide expansion)
All transcripts Pre-mRNA mRNA V3 transcripts
Stabilized intron1 Antisense RNA
ASO targeting intron 1
Screening and lead optimization funnel
Sequence search BioInformatics
CANDIDATE SELECTION ~200 sequences Screening Reporter assay ~10 sequences Profiling PHARMACOLOGY
Sequence selection C9-ALS neurons
C9-BAC mouse C9 mouse 1ary neurons
Lead Optimization 5-10 leads
Chemistry & Stereochemistry
C9-ALS neurons & selection in vitro counterscreens
Targeting intron1 leads to preferential reduction in repeat-containing C9orf72 transcripts (vs. exon 2 targeting)
Patients fibroblast (transfection) 100 nM C9-BAC mouse primary neurons n 1 . 5 (gymnosis) 10 mM
1 . 5 V3 Transcripts All Transcripts
V3 Transcripts All Transcripts V3 Transcripts All Transcripts
C9-ALS patient-derived neurons (gymnosis)
V3 Transcripts All Transcripts
Transcripts knockdown (% of Control, means * SEM) NTC Exon2 Intron 1
NTC = non targeting control ASO
Chemical and stereochemical optimization greatly improve selectivity and potency in C9-ALS neurons
V3 Transcripts V3 Transcripts
Transcripts Knockdown (% of Control, means * SEM) Lead OP SP-3 WVE-3972-01 IC 50 = 0.5 uM
All Transcripts SP-3 WVE-3972-01
SR= stereorandom ASO; SP = stereopure ASO; NTC = non-targeting control ASO.
Stereochemical optimization dramatically improves ASO in vitro potency
Stereochemistry improves RNAse H cleavage efficiency
Percentage of substrate remaining 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65
SR-1 SR-2 SP-3 WVE-3972-01 SR-3 NTC time (mins)
SR= stereorandom ASO; SP = stereopure ASO; NTC = non-targeting control ASO.
WVE-3972-01 produces a
sustained reduction in repeat-
containing transcripts in C9-BAC transgenic mice
V3 Transcripts Intron 1 Transcripts All Transcripts Spinal Cord
Cortex PBS WVE-3972-01 2 wks 4 wks 8 wks 2 wks 4 wks 8 wks 2 wks 4 wks 8 wks 2 wks 4 wks 8 wks 2 wks 4 wks 8 wks V3 Transcripts V3 Transcripts Intron 1 Transcripts Intron 1 Transcripts All Transcripts All Transcripts
C9-BAC mice were administered 50ug of ASO ICV on day 1 and day 8; tissues were collected 2, 4 or 8 weeks after 1st injection. Stats: One-way ANOVA followed by strudent-Newman-Keuis analyses * p V 0.01 versus PBS control group
WVE-3972-01 shows significant
and sustained decreases in polyGPs and RNA foci in C9-BAC transgenic mice
Cortex Spinal Cord RNA Foci in MNs (8 weeks)
PBS WVE-3972-01 PBS WVE-3972-01 PolyGPs ASO concentration PBS WVE-3972-01 RNA Foci / 100 MNs 0 200 400 600 PBS WVE-3972-01 No effects on C9orf72 Protein NT PBS SP-3 WVE-3972-01 C9orf72 GAPDH
C9-BAC mice were administered 50ug of ASO ICV on day 1 and day 8; tissues were collected 2, 4 or 8 weeks after 1st injection Stats: One-way ANOVA followed by Student-Newman-Keuls analyses; * p < 0.01 versus PBS control group. NT = non-transgenic.
Widespread and sustained distribution of ASOs in the nuclei of motor neurons of the spinal cord up (8 weeks
Light View Fluorescence Bright/Flour 40X Oil 40X Zoom
Conclusions: C9 Program
In vitro, stereopure ASOs showed greater selectivity and potency in knockdown of repeat-containing transcripts vs. stererandom ASOs
In vivo studies in C9-BAC transgenic mice:
Confirmed selectivity and potency, and showed sustained reduction of repeat-containing transcripts
Dramatic reduction of DPRs and RNA foci in CNS
Minimum effective dose established
Toxicology studies ongoing
On track for clinical trial initiation in Q4 2018
Preclinical Data Supporting Wave Life Sciences ALS and FTD Programs
Presented at 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND
Lead candidate targets C9ORF72; in vivo animal data demonstrate potent, sustained and preferential
knockdown of toxic biomarkers associated with ALS and FTD
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., December 11, 2017 Wave Life Sciences Ltd. (NASDAQ: WVE), a biotechnology company focused on delivering transformational therapies for patients with serious, genetically-defined diseases, today announced data from preclinical studies of WVE-3972-01, the companys investigational stereopure antisense oligonucleotide designed to target the pathogenic allele of the C9ORF72 gene for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In preclinical studies, WVE-3972-01 demonstrated substantial reduction in disease-associated biomarkers and superior potency to stereorandom oligonucleotides. Wave Life Sciences intends to initiate clinical trials of WVE-3972-01 in ALS and FTD in Q4 2018.
Data from in vitro and in vivo studies of stereorandom and stereopure oligonucleotides, including WVE-3972-01, were presented by Robert Brown, Jr., DPhil, MD at the 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND in Boston during the closing plenary session on December 10, 2017. Dr. Brown is Chair and Professor of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
The degree of silencing of C9orf72 by WVE-3972-01 and the potency of this stereopure antisense oligonucleotide preclinically are quite compelling, said Dr. Brown. We are very excited at the prospect of seeing these unique oligonucleotides in clinical trials in C9orf72 patients in the near term.
Mutations in the C9ORF72 gene are believed to be the most common cause of familial ALS and FTD. These mutations cause the production of repeat-containing transcripts, resulting in accumulation of RNA foci and an increase in dipeptide repeat proteins in the brain and spinal cord. C9ORF72-associated diseases such as familial ALS and FTD are postulated to arise from a reduction of normal C9orf72 protein or a gain in toxic RNA foci or dipeptide repeat proteins.
Wave Life Sciences, in collaboration with Dr. Brown and his team, showed that WVE-3972-01 preferentially reduced repeat-containing transcripts versus all transcripts in neurons derived from ALS patients with a C9ORF72 mutation and demonstrated greater potency when compared with stereorandom oligonucleotides of the same sequence. In vivo studies conducted in a transgenic animal model containing the mutated C9ORF72 gene demonstrated that WVE-3972-01 produced a significant and sustained preferential knockdown of repeat-containing transcripts, RNA foci and dipeptide repeat proteins without altering total C9orf72 protein levels. When measured at eight weeks after treatment, RNA foci in the spinal cord were reduced by 70%. Dipeptide repeat proteins achieved a maximum reduction of 76% and 87% in the spinal cord and the cortex, respectively, and remained significantly low through eight weeks, the last observed time point.
The high potency and sustained effect seen in vivo on important preclinical C9orf72 biomarkers make us optimistic regarding the potential of WVE-3972-01, said Michael Panzara, MD, MPH, Franchise Lead, Neurology at Wave Life
Sciences. The reduction of mutant C9orf72 proteins with preservation of healthy C9orf72 proteins is likewise encouraging. We look forward to working with the ALS and FTD communities to bring WVE-3972-01 into clinical trials in Q4 2018.
In January 2017, Wave Life Sciences and the University of Massachusetts Medical School established a collaboration to further understand neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, and characterize the pharmacology of oligonucleotides. Research under this collaboration is conducted by Dr. Brown, an internationally known researcher and physician leading basic and clinical research on ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Today, Wave Life Sciences will be hosting an expert breakfast discussing the companys neurology pipeline, which will include Dr. Brown presenting data from the preclinical studies of WVE-3972-01. A replay of this presentation will be available following the presentation and accessible on the companys website for a limited time.
About Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
ALS is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease in which the progressive degeneration of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord leads to the inability to initiate or control muscle movement. People with ALS may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe. ALS affects as many as 30,000 people in the United States.
FTD is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease in which progressive nerve cell loss in the brains frontal lobes and temporal lobes leads to personality and behavioral changes, as well as the gradual impairment of language skills. It is the second most common form of early-onset dementia after Alzheimers disease in people under the age of 65. FTD affects approximately 55,000 people in the United States.
ALS and FTD can be caused by mutations in the C9ORF72 gene, which provides instructions for making protein found in various tissues, including nerve cells in the cerebral cortex and motor neurons. The C9ORF72 genetic mutation consists of hundreds to thousands hexanucleotide repeats compared to two to 23 in wild-type transcripts, causing the formation and accumulation of mutant transcripts and proteins in brain tissue. Mutations of the C9ORF72 gene are present in approximately 40% of familial ALS cases and 8% to 10% of sporadic ALS cases. In FTD, the mutations appear in 38% of familial cases and 6% of sporadic cases.
About Wave Life Sciences
Wave Life Sciences is a biotechnology company focused on delivering transformational therapies for patients with serious, genetically-defined diseases. Our chemistry platform enables the creation of highly specific, well characterized oligonucleotides designed to deliver superior efficacy and safety across multiple therapeutic modalities. Our pipeline is initially focused on neurological disorders and extends across several other therapeutic areas.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, without limitation, statements regarding the data from preclinical studies of our ALS and FTD candidate (WVE-3972-01); the degree to which our preclinical data will translate into clinical results; the anticipated timing of our potential future clinical trials for ALS and FTS; our ability to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of our ALS and FTD candidate in clinical trials; our understanding of the correlation between the C9orf72 gene and the cause of ALS and FTD, uncertainties inherent in research and drug development of WVE-3972-01; and Waves strategy and business plans. The words may, will, could, would, should, expect, plan, anticipate, intend, believe, estimate, predict, project, potential, continue, target and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based on Wave managements current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and important factors that may cause actual events or results
to differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including, without limitation, uncertainties inherent in research and drug development, risks and uncertainties related to the delay of any current or planned clinical trials or the development of WVE-3972-01, the ability of our preclinical programs to produce data sufficient to support our clinical trial applications and the timing thereof, potential future clinical data and analysis, as well as those discussed or identified in Waves public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These and other risks and uncertainties are described in greater detail in the section entitled Risk Factors in Waves Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as filed with the SEC on March 16, 2017, and in other filings that Wave makes with the SEC from time to time. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release represent Waves views only as of the date hereof and should not be relied upon as representing its views as of any subsequent date. Wave explicitly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.