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    If you have yet to visit our Montréal clinical facility to learn about the advantages of conducting trials in Canada or had the pleasure of meeting the friendly, uniquely talented, and experienced team working on your studies, you will want to watch our latest video

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    Altasciences Completes Successful Phase I Trial of Ischemix’ Novel Compound for Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

    Laval, Québec, August 30, 2023Altasciences is pleased to have completed a Phase I trial on Ischemix, Inc.’s novel, proprietary cytoprotective drug candidate, CMX-2043, for the treatment of acute TBI. The trial was performed at Altasciences’ clinical facility in Montréal. 

    The Phase I trial was performed to evaluate safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics in a group of 80 healthy participants in a two-part, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Single ascending doses (SAD) of CMX-2043 were administered by brief intravenous infusion to 40 male and female participants. Once completed, an additional 40 male and female participants were randomized and received multiple ascending doses (MAD) in the same manner, over five days. The results of the trial showed a well-characterized pharmacokinetic profile, demonstrating dose proportionality over the ranges studied.

    “This Phase I trial demonstrates that CMX-2043 has the potential for an excellent safety profile when given intravenously over a wide range of doses”, explained Jerry O. Stern, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Ischemix. “There were no serious adverse events, and all treatment-emergent adverse events were mild and self-limiting. Importantly, the Principal Investigator determined that few adverse events were drug-related.”

    There are no TBI-specific therapies approved for the treatment of patients suffering brain injury, yet it is estimated that in the U.S. TBI is responsible for 60,000 deaths per year, and the cause of 80,000 cases of permanent disability.

    “It was a pleasure collaborating as the Principal Investigator on this clinical study. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the CMX-2043 Phase I trial. Having personally witnessed first-hand the outcome that TBI can have on the lives of many people, we hope that the work we are doing with Ischemix will continue to progress. If successful, this treatment could have a tremendous positive impact on the quality of life for TBI patients. That is incredibly rewarding,” stated Dr. Morelli, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Principal Investigator for Altasciences. “We wish the team at Ischemix continued success on the next Phase of clinical research.”

    Additionally, Co-chief Operating Officer, Marie-Hélène Raigneau, said of the study: “Our goal at Altasciences is to help companies like Ischemix expedite the drug development process without compromising on quality or safety. We are proud to support Ischemix in advancing this vital new therapy.”

    Ischemix expects to complete all of the work required for a Phase II trial of CMX-2043 in acute TBI by the end of 2023, and plans to request a pre-IND meeting with FDA for early Q1 2024.

    About Altasciences
    Altasciences is an integrated drug development solution company offering pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies a proven, flexible approach to preclinical and clinical pharmacology studies, including formulation, manufacturing, and analytical services. For over 25 years, Altasciences has been partnering with sponsors to help support educated, faster, and more complete early drug development decisions. Altasciences’ integrated, full-service solutions include preclinical safety testing, clinical pharmacology and proof of concept, bioanalysis, program management, medical writing, biostatistics, clinical monitoring, and data management, all customizable to specific sponsor requirements. Altasciences helps sponsors get better drugs to the people who need them, faster. To learn more about Altasciences, visit

    About Ischemix, Inc.
    Ischemix Inc. is a privately held drug development company based in Grafton, MA. Learn more about the company at

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    Comprehensive Solutions for Your First-in-Human Trials


    A Partner You Can Trust

    Altasciences has decades of experience designing, conducting, and reporting on first-in-human (FIH) clinical trials. Simple or complex, we have the expertise, purpose-built Phase I facilities, and seamless processes to deliver quality with speed and ease. Benefit from our customized approach, including clinical pharmacology units and integrated, state-of-the-art bioanalytical laboratories in the U.S. and Canada, along with the full range of complementary services.

    Have a look at these resources to learn more:

    • The Altascientist: 

    Maximizing Drug Formulation for First-in-Human Trials

    Planning Your First-in-Human Trial


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    Altasciences transforms the traditional outsourcing paradigm by simplifying and streamlining drug development solutions, whether for a single study or multiple programs, to offer an integrated/synchronized approach to CRO and CDMO services.


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    To You, With Science - Our Latest Audiobook Releases

    Listen to the Latest Audiobook Releases of The Altascientist

    Delve deeper into the critical processes behind early phase drug development with audio versions of The Altascientist, written by our experts with you in mind:

    Issue 31 — The Advantages of Conducting Early Phase Clinical Research in Canada
    Find out you can accelerate your early phase clinical research by six to nine weeks in comparison with trials conducted in the U.S.
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    Issue 32 — A Changing Paradigm for Non-rodent Species in Nonclinical Safety Studies
    Discover the increasing body of evidence that supports the use of miniature swine as a viable option for your small and large molecule studies.
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    Hear about the complexities of CNS drug development programs and how an integrated CRO/CDMO can help move your molecule seamlessly from one phase to the next.
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    [NEW PODCAST] Exploring the FDA's Draft Guidance on Psychedelic Drug Research


    Unlocking New Horizons

    The FDA recently published a first-ever draft guidance on clinical development requirements for psychedelic drugs. 

    Join Altasciences’ panel of experts as they provide an in-depth review of the guidance and valuable insights into the areas where further methodological adaptations to study designs may be necessary. These adaptations play a pivotal role in accurately assessing the safety, pharmacology, and efficacy of groundbreaking psychedelic compounds developed for specific medical applications.


    FDA Guidenace for Industry Psychedelic Drugs

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    •    Webpage: CNS Drug Development Solutions
    •    Scientific Journal: Challenges Associated with Schedule I Therapeutic Development
    •    Webinar: Practical Approaches to Conducting Early Clinical Trials with Psychedelics

    Gain 6 to 9 Weeks by Conducting Trials in Canada


    Taking full advantage of Canada's favorable regulatory landscape, Altasciences’ clinical facility in Montréal continues to be a popular choice, successfully completing hundreds of clinical trials each year.

    In this issue of The Altascientist, we discuss the distinct benefits of conducting early phase clinical research on novel compounds in Canada versus other countries.  


    The Advantages of Conducting Early Phase Clinical Research in Canada

    We cover:
    •    Canadian CTA trials–time and cost savings
    •    regulatory review process predictability
    •    business efficiency cost savings
    •    clinical trial participants
    •    Canadian CTA frequently asked questions

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    Webpage: Altasciences' Three Clinical Trial Facilities


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    An Overview of Health Canada's CTA Process

    Watch this podcast in which Altasciences' regulatory experts share key insights on Health Canada's Clinical Trial Application (CTA) regulatory submission process, including answers to your most common questions.

    Altasciences’ Canadian clinical facility consists of seven Phase I units. We conduct over 100 trials every year in Canada, and support the full range of first-in-human studies, specialty studies, and therapeutic areas, such as ophthalmology, CNS, and substance abuse.

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    Accelerating Global Drug Development Timelines With Ethnobridging

    Safe Strategy to Save Time and Money 

    Avoid repeating Phase I studies for drugs intended for the Asian market. Altasciences has the clinical capabilities to demonstrate the biosimilarity of drug products between Asian and non-Asian populations by comparing the pharmacokinetics of the investigational drug in both ethnic groups, providing a safe strategy to save time and money. 

    Key resources for ethnobridging in Phase I clinical trials: 

    In this issue of The Altascientist, we demonstrate how ethnobridging can prevent the need for region-specific development programs, helping you safely achieve commercial milestones more efficiently. Download your copy today



    In this complimentary webinar, Mel B. Affrime, PharmD, Executive Vice President, Translational Medicine, discusses how ethnic differences can impact the bioavailability of your drug candidate and how to design a multiregional clinical development program to hasten worldwide regulatory approval safely. Watch the webinar.


    Speak with an expert today to discuss your next clinical program. 

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