Partnered Programs – NaV1.7 Inhibitor for the Treatment of Pain
Based on our discovery of NaV1.7 deficiency underlying the rare human disease called congenital indifference to pain, or CIP, where individuals with CIP are unable to feel pain, we believe that NaV1.7 is a highly-validated target for the treatment of pain.
Flexion Therapeutics acquired the global rights to develop and commercialize XEN402, a Nav1.7 inhibitor also known as funapide. Flexion’s FX301 consists of XEN402 formulated for extended release from a thermosensitive hydrogel. The initial development of FX301 is intended to support administration as a peripheral nerve block for control of post-operative pain.
On March 31, 2021, Flexion announced the treatment of the first patient in a Phase 1b proof-of-concept trial evaluating the safety and tolerability of FX301 administered as a single-dose, popliteal fossa block (a commonly used nerve block in foot and ankle-related surgeries) in patients undergoing bunionectomy.
Flexion anticipates data from the Phase 1b trial of FX301 in late 2021. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Xenon is eligible to receive certain clinical, regulatory, and commercial milestone payments, as well as future sales royalties.