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About Aurora

Aurora develops an R&D B2B enterprise service SaaS platform for life science clinical research. The company aims to empower the data analysis and operation management of life science research and development, and to accelerate the commercialization of original research drugs and new medical devices. It was founded in 2020 and is based in Shanghai, China.

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Room 1515, Block B, 1188 Kaixuan North Road Putuo District

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Acer Therapeutics Announces University of North Carolina Receives Department of Defense Grant to Support the Proposed Investigator Sponsored OASIS Trial of ACER-801 (Osanetant) to Reduce the Frequency and Severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Oct 6, 2022

Newton, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES $3 million awarded to University of North Carolina (UNC) to support a proposed 180-patient, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in trauma patients Proposed investigator sponsored trial to evaluate the potential for ACER-801 to reduce the frequency and severity of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Up to 20% of people who have experienced a traumatic event will develop PTSD1 leading to over 12 million adults in the US suffering from PTSD during a given year2 NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Acer Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: ACER), a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of therapies for serious rare and life-threatening diseases with significant unmet medical needs, today announced that the University of North Carolina (UNC) Institute for Trauma Recovery has been awarded a $3 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to investigate the potential of ACER-801 (osanetant) to reduce the frequency and severity of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Acute stress disorder refers to the body’s immediate response to trauma, whereas PTSD is the long-term effects of trauma. “Historically, we have been able to provide emergency care to address immediate and long-term problems after visible wounds using tools such as sutures and antibiotics. However, we still have nothing to offer trauma survivors, whether in the emergency department or on the battlefield immediately after trauma, to prevent the development of ‘invisible wounds’,” said Samuel McLean, MD, Professor at UNC, School of Medicine, and lead principal investigator of the proposed study. Dr. McLean continued, “We need to investigate potential treatments like ACER-801 in an effort to better address these challenges.” The proposed Osanetant After Stress to Increase recovery Success (OASIS) trial will examine the safety and efficacy of ACER-801 to reduce acute stress response symptoms, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and behavioral changes among patients presenting to the emergency department after a motor vehicle collision. It is intended to enroll a total of 180 subjects who will be randomized in the emergency department, to receive a low or high dose of ACER-801 or placebo in the emergency department and be discharged with a two-week supply of study drug. Participating sites would include Washington University in St. Louis, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, and Indiana University School of Medicine. Initiation of patient enrollment in the proposed investigator sponsored OASIS trial is anticipated in the first half of 2023, subject to Investigational New Drug (IND) application filing and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. The OASIS trial will build upon a foundation of knowledge and infrastructure developed through the UNC-led, $40 million AURORA initiative. The AURORA study is a major national research initiative to improve the understanding, prevention, and recovery of individuals who have experienced a traumatic event. AURORA is supported by funding from NIH, One Mind, private foundations, and partnerships with leading tech companies such as Mindstrong Health and Verily Life Sciences, the health care arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet. “We are proud to be partnering with a leading academic institution in the field of trauma recovery as we seek to explore ACER-801 as a treatment option to reduce the frequency and severity of PTSD. Leveraging the support from the AURORA initiative allows Acer and UNC to streamline trial efficiency, reduce costs and increase trial power through enriching the target patient population, while utilizing the Department of Defense’s non-dilutive capital to primarily fund OASIS,” said Adrian Quartel, MD, FFPM, Chief Medical Officer of Acer. “The data from thousands of motor vehicle collisions collected through the AURORA initiative should allow us to better predict the correlation of the emergence of acute stress disorder or PTSD symptoms following a motor vehicle collision. We look forward to the planned OASIS trial following IND filing and FDA clearance.” Added Brandon Staglin, President of One Mind “We are thrilled to see how our funding to the AURORA initiative over the last five years is accelerating further advancements such as the OASIS Trial. The targeted outcomes of the OASIS Trial are the types of results that One Mind supports and of incredible value to anyone who experiences trauma and traumatic stress.” Acute and chronic stress disorders can affect both civilian and military populations. According to the National Center for PTSD, in the US about 60% of men and 50% of women experience at least one trauma in their lives.2 In the US alone, one-third of emergency department visits (40-50 million patients per year) are for evaluation after trauma exposures, and in a 2014 study involving 3,157 US veterans, 87% reported exposure to at least one potentially traumatic event during their service.3 Moreover, as many as 500,000 US troops who served in wars between 2001 and 2015 were diagnosed with PTSD.4 Rationale for ACER-801 (osanetant) Evaluation in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Tacr3 gene encodes tachykinin receptor 3 (NK3R), which belongs to the tachykinin receptor family. This family of proteins includes typical G protein-coupled receptors and belongs to the rhodopsin subfamily. NK3R functions by binding to its high-affinity ligand, Neurokinin B (NKB), which is encoded by the Tac3 (human) gene. The role of NKB-NK3R in growth and reproduction has been extensively studied, but NKB-NK3R is also widely expressed in the nervous system from the spinal cord to the brain and is involved in both physiological and pathological processes in the nervous system.5 In animal models, Tac2 (mice) mRNA levels are rapidly up-regulated during fear consolidation 30 minutes after fear conditioning, and subsequent NKB-NK3R activation can lead to over stress sensitization and the consolidation of fear,6 and treatment with osanetant has been shown to block a critical fear/stress sensitization step in the brain.7,8,9 An effective therapeutic to reduce acute and persistent/long-term psychological and somatic symptoms would fulfill a large unmet need. About Acer Therapeutics Acer is a pharmaceutical company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of therapies for serious rare and life-threatening diseases with significant unmet medical needs. Acer’s pipeline includes four investigational programs: ACER-001 (sodium phenylbutyrate) for treatment of various inborn errors of metabolism, including urea cycle disorders (UCDs) and Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD); ACER-801 (osanetant) for treatment of induced Vasomotor Symptoms (iVMS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); EDSIVO™ (celiprolol) for treatment of vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS) in patients with a confirmed type III collagen (COL3A1) mutation; and ACER-2820 (emetine), a host-directed therapy against a variety of viruses, including cytomegalovirus, Zika, dengue, Ebola and COVID-19. For more information, visit . References

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Aurora Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Aurora founded?

    Aurora was founded in 2020.

  • Where is Aurora's headquarters?

    Aurora's headquarters is located at Room 1515, Block B, 1188 Kaixuan North Road, Shanghai.

  • What is Aurora's latest funding round?

    Aurora's latest funding round is Series A - II.

  • How much did Aurora raise?

    Aurora raised a total of $15.45M.

  • Who are the investors of Aurora?

    Investors of Aurora include Hankang Equity Investment Management, B Capital Group, Lightspeed China Partners, Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Industry Investment Fund, Primavera Capital Group and 3 more.

  • Who are Aurora's competitors?

    Competitors of Aurora include Dacima Software, Protocol First, Prelude Dynamics, Castor EDC, BioClinica and 10 more.

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