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Biophytis Has Filed with The FDA For Authorization to Initiate SARA-31 Phase 3 Study in Sarcopenia

PARIS, FRANCE and CAMBRIDGE, MA / ACCESSWIRE / July 10, 2023 / Biophytis SA (Nasdaq CM:BPTS)(Euronext Growth Paris:ALBPS) (the "Company" or "Biophytis"), a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in the development of therapies aimed at slowing the degenerative processes associated with aging and improving functional outcomes in patients suffering from age-related diseases, including respiratory failure in patients affected by COVID-19, today announced that it has filed for approval on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) portal to launch its SARA-31 program in the U.S., the first ever Phase 3 study in sarcopenia.

The launch of the Phase 3 program follows promising results from the SARA-INT Phase 2b study and discussions with health authorities in 2022. Based on the results of the previous study and feedback from the U.S. government agency, Biophytis is starting its Phase 3 program by filing the first ever Phase 3 application (SARA-31) in sarcopenia with the FDA. This follows the recent submission to the European Medicines Agency.

The objective of the SARA-31 phase 3 study in sarcopenia is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Sarconeos (BIO101) in the treatment of sarcopenic patients at risk of mobility disability. Approximately 900 patients over 65 years of age with severe sarcopenia (3 ≤ SPPB ≤ 7) with low walking speed (4-m Gait speed ≤ 0.8 m/s) and low grip strength (HGS < 20kg for women and < 35.5 kg for men) will be included. They will be treated for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months, receiving either placebo or 350mg of Sarconeos (BIO101) twice daily. The primary endpoint will be the assessment of the risk of Major Mobility Disability (MMD), measured by the ability to walk 400m in less than 15 minutes over time. In addition to this primary endpoint, the following secondary endpoints will be assessed: walking speed (4-m walking speed from the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) test), handgrip strength (HGS) and patient-reported quality of life (Patient Reported Outcome SarQol, a questionnaire developed specifically for sarcopenia).

Biophytis expects a response from the regulatory authorities during the third quarter of 2023, which would enable Biophytis to initiate the study in the United States. The principal investigator will be Roger A. Fielding, PhD, who heads the Nutrition, Physiology, Exercise and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory at Tufts University in Boston.

Stanislas Veillet, Chairman and CEO of Biophytis stated: «Following the success of SARA-INT's phase 2b clinical trial, the filing of an application with the EMA in mid-May and with the FDA today for the launch of a phase 3 clinical trial in sarcopenia is a major milestone in the development of our drug candidate. We are pioneers in the field of sarcopenia and intend to be the first company to launch, in partnership with global or regional pharmaceutical companies, a phase 3 clinical development program in this indication.»



Biophytis SA is a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in the development of drug candidates for age-related diseases. Sarconeos (BIO101), our lead drug candidate, is a small molecule in development for age-related neuromuscular (sarcopenia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy) and cardiorespiratory (Covid-19) diseases. Promising clinical results were obtained in the treatment of sarcopenia in an international phase 2 study, enabling the launch of a phase 3 study in this indication (SARA project). The safety and efficacy of Sarconeos(BIO101) in the treatment of severe COVID-19 were studied in a positive international phase 2-3 clinical trial (COVA project), enabling the preparation of conditional marketing authorization (CMA) applications in Europe and Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) applications in the United States. A pediatric formulation of Sarconeos (BIO101) is currently being developed for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD, MYODA project). The company is based in Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Company's ordinary shares are listed on Euronext Growth (Ticker: ALBPS -ISIN: FR0012816825) and the ADSs (American Depositary Shares) are listed on Nasdaq Capital Market (Ticker BPTS - ISIN: US09076G1040).

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