BEN-8744 is derived from the Benevolent PlatformTM and is a potential first-in-class PDE10 inhibitor for the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
The topline data readout from this Phase I study is expected in Q1 2024
BenevolentAI, a leader in the development of advanced AI that accelerates biopharma discovery, today announces that the first participants have been dosed in Phase I first-in-human studies of its oral phosphodiesterase 10 (PDE10) inhibitor, BEN-8744, intended for the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis (UC). The topline data readout from this study is expected in Q1 2024.
Dr. Anne Phelan, Chief Scientific Officer of BenevolentAI, said: “UC is a disease with significant unmet patient needs, as rates of sustained remission remain disappointingly low. Initiation of this Phase I study marks a significant milestone in treating this complex disease and serves as the leading asset in our clinical development portfolio. BEN-8744 exemplifies our innovative approach targeting a novel pathway with the potential for meaningful differentiation from existing standard-of-care treatments.”
Joanna Shields, Chief Executive Officer of BenevolentAI, said: “Our AI powered drug-discovery platform identified PDE10 as a novel target for UC, with no prior direct associations linking it in scientific literature. BEN-8744 demonstrates the capacity of our technology platform to uncover novel avenues in the treatment of disease.”