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Peripheral NOP agonist addressing chronic peripheral neuropathic pain enters clinical development

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Aachen, Germany, 16 December 2020 – Grünenthal announced today that the first participants have been enrolled in a Phase I trial of a peripherally restricted Nociceptin/orphanin peptide receptor (NOP) agonist, an oral investigational medicine with a unique mechanism of action for the treatment of chronic peripheral neuropathic pain.

The Phase I trial will include 76 healthy participants. The trial aims to demonstrate a favourable safety and tolerability profile and to confirm the pharmacokinetic characteristics of the compound following single and multiple-ascending doses. The results of the study are expected to be available in 2021.

“Pain remains a high unmet medical need that we strive to address with innovative medicines. Progressing our peripheral NOP agonist into clinical development is a major success in our efforts to build an industry-leading pipeline of investigational medicines,” says Jan Adams, M.D., Chief…

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