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Cognition Therapeutics Completes Enrollment in Phase 2 SHIMMER Study of CT1812 in Mild-to-Moderate Dementia with Lewy Bodies

PURCHASE, N.Y., April 29, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. (the “Company” or “Cognition”) (NASDAQ: CGTX), a clinical stage company developing drugs that treat neurodegenerative disorders, today announced that the company has reached target enrollment in the randomized, placebo-controlled Phase 2 SHIMMER (COG1201) study (NCT05225415), which is examining the safety and effectiveness of CT1812 in adults with mild-to-moderate dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Top-line results are expected in the second half of 2024 after the last participants have completed six months of treatment.

“There are currently no approved disease-modifying therapies for DLB, leaving people living with this disease in desperate need of treatment options,” Lisa Ricciardi, president and CEO of Cognition Therapeutics, stated, “The majority of patients with DLB have both Aβ and α-synuclein pathology. Because of our unique mechanism of action that targets both Aβ and α-synuclein oligomers, we believe that CT1812 may be able to slow the progression of disease.”

The SHIMMER study will assess safety and changes in cognition and executive function as measured by validated scales including the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and Cognitive Drug Research Battery (CDR) tools. In addition, biomarker evidence of disease modification and target engagement will be analyzed. Once available, the company anticipates reporting topline results in a press release and later presenting them at an appropriate medical meeting.

Ms. Ricciardi concluded, “I want to thank the patients, investigators and clinical partners who participated in SHIMMER. We look forward to analyzing the final results and reporting them later this year.”

About the SHIMMER Study
The SHIMMER study is a double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 clinical trial designed to enroll 120 adults with mild-to-moderate DLB. Participants are evenly randomized to receive either placebo or one of two oral once-daily doses of CT1812 (100 mg or 300 mg) for six months. The SHIMMER study is supported by a grant award from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling approximately $30 million and is being conducted in collaboration with James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, director of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA). The SHIMMER study is being conducted at over 30 sites in the United States, many of which are LBDA centers of excellence.

About CT1812
CT1812 is an experimental orally delivered small molecule that penetrates the blood-brain barrier and binds selectively to the sigma-2 (σ-2) receptor complex, which is involved in the regulation of key cellular processes such as membrane trafficking and autophagy. These processes are disrupted by toxic interaction with oligomers of Aβ or α-synuclein, oxidative stress and other drivers of neurodegenerative disease. The ensuing damage to sensitive synapses can progress to a loss of synaptic function, which manifests as cognitive impairment, loss of motor or executive function and progression of disease.

CT1812 is currently being studied in several clinical trials, including the aforementioned SHIMMER study; two Phase 2 studies in Alzheimer’s disease including the START study (NCT05531656) in adults with MCI or early Alzheimer’s disease and the SHINE study (NCT03507790), which has concluded enrollment in adults with mild-to-moderate disease; and the MAGNIFY study (NCT05893537) in adults with geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to dry age-related macular degeneration.

The company expects to report topline results from the Phase 2 SHINE clinical trial in mid-2024. A virtual KOL event was conducted recently with experts who discussed, the currently approved immunotherapies for early Alzheimer’s disease, their commercial uptake, and the potential for other therapeutic modalities to improve upon their clinical effectiveness through combination or sequential therapy. The archive of this event may be viewed here:

About Dementia with Lewy Bodies
An estimated 1.4 million Americans are living with DLB, a progressive disease that accounts for approximately 5-10% of all dementia cases. Approximately 50% of people with DLB have Aβ co-pathology as well as symptomology of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, making it challenging to diagnose. DLB is caused by a build-up of a protein, α-synuclein, which forms deposits, called Lewy bodies, in the brain. Oligomers of α-synuclein are highly toxic and bind to neurons where they impair critical cellular processes, causing synaptic dysfunction and loss. Patients with DLB often experience cognitive, physical, sleep and behavioral symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions and mood changes. There are currently no disease-modifying treatments approved for DLB patients.

About Cognition Therapeutics, Inc.
Cognition Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company engaged in the discovery and development of innovative, small molecule therapeutics targeting age-related degenerative disorders of the central nervous system and retina. We are currently investigating our lead candidate CT1812 in clinical programs in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and dry age-related macular degeneration (dry AMD). We believe CT1812 and our pipeline of σ-2 receptor modulators can regulate pathways that are impaired in these diseases. We believe that targeting the σ-2 receptor with CT1812 represents a mechanism functionally distinct from other current approaches in clinical development for the treatment of degenerative diseases. More about Cognition Therapeutics and its pipeline can be found at 

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