Audion Therapeutics and the REGAIN Consortium Announce Publication in Nature Communications

  • The Phase I part of the study (Multiple Ascending Dose of 3 administrations) confirms safety and tolerability of a dose of 250 microgram of Gamma Secretase Inhibitor LY3056480.

  • Pre-defined Primary Endpoints in the Phase IIa part were not met. Post-hoc analysis of the data however showed signs of clinical efficacy in a subset of patients across various endpoints up to 12 months post-treatment.

  • These efficacy signals warrant further development of LY3056480 under an optimized study protocol that incorporates the learnings from this trial.

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, March 04, 2024 / Biotech Newswire / — Audion Therapeutics BV, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing therapies to treat hearing disorders announced today, together with the REGAIN consortium the publication of the results from a Phase I/IIa trial of an intratympanically administered gamma-secretase inhibitor (LY3056480) as a drug treatment for acquired sensorineural hearing loss (ISRCTN number 59733689).  The study was conducted by the REGAIN consortium; an international consortium of 7 partners with a unique combination of expertise in hearing loss biology, drug development and clinical expertise in hearing disorders.

The data were published in Nature Communications ( in a paper entitled ‘A phase I/IIa safety and efficacy trial of intratympanic gamma-secretase inhibitor as a regenerative drug treatment for sensorineural hearing loss’ authored by Schilder et al.

Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in humans and an area of significant and growing unmet clinical need. Previous work by Audion Therapeutics co-founder Albert Edge, PhD (Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Harvard Medical School) and others has shown that pharmacological inhibition of Notch signalling with a gamma secretase inhibitor results in partial recovery of hearing in animal models of sensorineural hearing loss. LY3056480 was identified as a drug candidate with an optimal profile and following successful preclinical development a Phase I/IIa clinical trial was designed and performed. The paper reports on the results of this trial.

The Phase I trial including 15 patients in the UK (Multiple Ascending Dose, 3 administrations, one week apart) confirmed tolerability and safety of the highest dose of 250 micrograms.

In the phase IIa trial  the pre-defined primary endpoint (≥10 dB change in the average pure-tone air conduction threshold across 2, 4 and 8 kHz at 12 weeks) was not met. However, post-hoc analysis, as outlined in the supplementary information section of the paper,  shows positive changes in predefined secondary pure-tone audiometry and speech perception in noise measures in 20-25% of patients.

“We are very pleased with the results of this clinical trial conducted as part of the REGAIN consortium, as the study has confirmed the safety and tolerability of intratympanic administration of  LY3056480, but also that it shows signs of clinically relevant responses on multiple outcome measures in a subset of patients. More specifically,  the improvements in the ability to understand speech in a noisy environment that we see in some patients are encouraging as this addresses the primary complaint of many people suffering from hearing loss. Importantly, these improvements continued to be observed during the optional 12 month follow-up period.  We believe that this data set is promising and forms an important building block for further development of this experimental regenerative treatment ”, said Rolf Jan Rutten, Chief Executive Officer of Audion Therapeutics. “We look forward to continue the development of LY3056480 with an optimized clinical trial design that may lead to a higher number of patients responding to the treatment.”

Prof Anne GM Schilder, Coordinating Investigator of the REGAIN consortium said , “We are very pleased with this publication, as the project has generated important learnings about the design and delivery of early phase trials of novel hearing approaches. The preclinical work by Audion Therapeutics was solid and promising so it was a privilege for our Consortium to take this to clinic. It took time to analyse and interpret the trial results, because the tests we have available nowadays are developed to study progression of hearing loss instead of reversion. We did not see improvements in hearing across all patients, but we feel that the positive changes in some patients call for further work with this approach. The trial also highlights the demand among patients to participate in hearing loss research. Our team was contacted by more than 5,000 patients with hearing loss requesting to take part, illustrating the huge unmet clinical need for better hearing treatments.”

Publication reference:
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Post-hoc analyses are presented in the supplementary information section

About LY3056480
LY3056480 is a potent inhibitor of Gamma Secretase/Notch under development by Audion Therapeutics for the treatment of sensorineural hearing loss. In vitro and in vivo experiments have shown that inhibition of Notch is a potential strategy for regeneration of inner ear hair cells and synapses that are lost in a large percentage of patients suffering from sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). LY3056480 is delivered locally to the inner ear through an intratympanic injection that delivers the product to the site of action The local delivery strategy optimizes delivery to the target organ while maintaining low systemic exposure to the drug. LY3056480 is licensed from Eli Lilly.