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Eloxx Pharma initiates Phase 2 cystinosis trial

Eloxx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ELOX) initiated a Phase 2 trial of ELX-02 for the treatment of nephropathic cystinosis.

Cystinosis is a genetic disease caused by a mutation in the cystinosin gene, which limits production of functional cystinosin proteins. Patients experience an abnormal build-up of cysteine that can damage organs, including the kidneys.

ELX-02 is a small molecule drug candidate designed to restore production of cystinosin and preserve renal function.

Dr. Paul Goodyer, the study’s principal investigator, said that ELX-02 has “exhibited positive results in cellular and animal models with dose-dependent reductions in white blood cell cystine levels, a biomarker used to monitor cysteamine therapy and to predict clinical benefit.”

Six patients will be enrolled in the trial and receive ELX-02 for four weeks at three escalating dose levels. Eloxx plans to report topline data from the trial early in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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