Because of the relentless effects of ALS, a diverse group of ALS voices — patients, families, organizations and the community — came together to speak about their experiences with ALS and to urge the FDA to work with them to overcome some of the obstacles faced in ALS research, clinical trials and standards of care.
“Patients who suffer from this devastating disease are in critical need of a novel therapy that addresses the functional deficits that limit their activities of daily living,” stated Jeremy M. Shefner, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Upstate Medical University at the State University of New York and Principal Investigator of BENEFIT-ALS. “If successful, this novel mechanism therapy could improve the lives of many patients living with ALS.”
South San Francisco biotechnology company Cytokinetics announced Sept. 10, 2012, that it plans to conduct a new phase 2b clinical trial of its oral drug tirasemtiv (formerly CK-2017357) in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The trial is set to launch later this year.