Concert Pharmaceuticals Announces $8 Million Milestone from Celgene

October 08, 2015 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LEXINGTON, Mass.--()--Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNCE) today announced that it has achieved an $8 million milestone under its development and license agreement with Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) for completion of the Phase 1 clinical evaluation of CTP-730. CTP-730 is a deuterium-modified analog of apremilast, a selective phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibitor. Once-daily dosing of 50 mg of CTP-730 administered for 7 days in the Phase 1 trial demonstrated similar steady-state exposure to historical data for 30 mg of apremilast administered twice daily.

"We are encouraged by the favorable pharmacokinetic profile of CTP-730 observed in our Phase 1 clinical trials," stated Roger Tung, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Concert Pharmaceuticals. "We believe that selective incorporation of deuterium in apremilast has resulted in a potential next generation anti-inflammatory agent."

The Phase 1 program included both single and multiple ascending dose trials. The Phase 1 clinical trials assessed the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of CTP-730 in 85 healthy subjects. Treatment with CTP-730 was generally well tolerated and no serious adverse events were observed. The most common adverse events were similar to those already identified for apremilast.

The CTP-730 Phase 1 clinical trials were conducted under a 2013 development and license agreement established by Concert and Celgene to evaluate deuterium-modified compounds for inflammatory diseases and cancer. The collaboration is initially focused on the development of CTP-730, but has the potential to encompass up to three additional programs. Celgene is responsible for all development costs of CTP-730 beyond the Phase 1 clinical trials conducted by Concert.

About Concert

Concert Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its DCE Platform® (deuterated chemical entity platform) to create novel small molecule drugs. This approach starts with approved drugs, advanced clinical candidates or previously studied compounds that have the potential to be improved with deuterium substitution to enhance clinical safety, tolerability and efficacy. The Company is developing a broad pipeline targeting CNS disorders, genetic diseases, renal disease, inflammatory diseases and cancer. For more information, please visit

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