Serlopitant has been evaluated in a 257-patient randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled dose-finding Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of severe chronic pruritus. All serlopitant treatment groups demonstrated reduced pruritus as compared with the placebo group, with statistically significant improvement seen at the two higher dose levels. Based upon this successful Phase 2 study, Menlo Therapeutics in partnership with JT and Torii is expanding development to multiple clinical populations in which severe pruritus represents a significant unmet clinical need.
"We are delighted to have JT and Torii as our partner in Japan. JT and Torii have significant pruritus development and marketing experience in Japan, and they are the current market leader in pruritus therapy for patients on hemodialysis. Torii also has a strong established position in the Japanese dermatology market. These dual market capabilities make JT and Torii an excellent partner for serlopitant development and commercialization," said Steve Basta, CEO of Menlo Therapeutics.
ABOUT Menlo Therapeutics Inc.
Menlo Therapeutics Inc., formerly Tigercat Pharma, Inc., is a clinical stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of serlopitant, a once-daily oral NK1 antagonist, for the treatment of pruritus. Menlo Therapeutics is funded by leading healthcare investors Vivo Capital (http://vivocapital.com), Presidio Partners (http://presidiopartners.com), Remeditex Ventures, LLC (http://www.remeditex.com) and F-Prime Capital (http://fprimecapital.com). More information is available at http://menlotherapeutics.com/.
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