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30 August 2023
Spiral Therapeutics, Inc. (“Spiral”), a clinical-stage company focused on delivering therapies for inner ear disorders, today announced a new round of financing led by Esperante Ventures and Ferring Ventures SA. This infusion of capital will propel the company’s innovative approach to treating inner ear disorders, including the collection of additional clinical data for its lead program SPT-2101 for Meniere’s Disease, and the continued development of its hearing loss pipeline. As part of this financing, Spiral welcomes the addition of Dean Slagel, Managing Director of Esperante Ventures, to its Board of Directors.
SPT-2101 is a sustained-release steroid formulation designed for minimally invasive, precise and durable administration to the inner ear using Spiral’s novel drug delivery platform. Last year Spiral completed enrollment of an open label clinical study of SPT-2101 in patients with Meniere’s Disease. Data from this study confirmed the favorable safety profile of SPT-2101, as well as marked improvements from baseline in the frequency and severity of patient-reported vertigo episodes at 3 months and in other key efficacy outcome measures. Further, pharmacokinetic data provided confirmation of the superiority of Spiral’s drug delivery platform.
A randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial expansion was initiated earlier this year and will further investigate the safety and efficacy of SPT-2101 given as a single administration. Up to 30 subjects with unilateral Meniere’s Disease are being enrolled across multiple sites in Australia.
Building upon the recently acquired data from Otonomy, Spiral expects to submit an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for SPT-2101 to initiate its pivotal trials in the US by late 2024.
Hugo Peris, CEO of Spiral Therapeutics, said, “This fresh round of investment reflects the confidence in our unique drug delivery approach and technology, and strengthens our resolve to innovate in the field of neurotology. With the recent acquisition of Otonomy assets and our growing therapeutic pipeline, we are positioning Spiral as a forerunner in the field.”