Marinus Pharmaceuticals Announces Seven Presentations at AES 2023, New Publication in Epilepsia and Results From the Second Generation Formulation MAD Study

November 21, 2023 Off By BusinessWire

Epilepsia publishes two-year open-label extension Marigold trial data of ZTALMY® (ganaxolone) oral suspension CV in patients with CDKL5 deficiency disorder (CDD)

In preliminary results from a Phase 1 multiple ascending dose (MAD) study, the second generation ganaxolone formulation demonstrated linear kinetics through a wide dose range; further formulation development to continue using modified-release technology

RADNOR, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$MRNS #MarinusPharmaMarinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNS), a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat seizure disorders, today announced the acceptance of seven abstracts for presentation at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2023 Annual Meeting, taking place in Orlando, Florida December 1-5, 2023. Marinus will also host a scientific exhibit showcasing a series of posters highlighting the potential of ganaxolone in the treatment of refractory seizure disorders.

“The breadth of ganaxolone data and real-world evidence being presented at this year’s AES Annual Meeting underscore our commitment to advancing research and redefining the future of epilepsy care,” said Joseph Hulihan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Marinus. “In addition, the publication of data from the long-term open-label extension of the Phase 3 Marigold trial in CDD and continued efforts to develop a second generation ganaxolone formulation reinforce our dedication to advancing innovative treatment options that can have a significant impact on patients’ lives.”

The Epilepsia publication titled, “Long-term treatment with ganaxolone for seizures associated with cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 deficiency disorder: 2-year open-label extension follow-up,” can be accessed here. As previously reported, at two years in the open-label extension phase of the Marigold trial, patients (n=50) continuing treatment with ZTALMY experienced a median 48.2% reduction in major motor seizure frequency, providing supportive evidence for the maintenance of effect in seizures associated with CDD. These results are being presented at AES 2023, as outlined below.

Also announced today, preliminary data from a Phase 1 MAD study of a second generation ganaxolone formulation demonstrated linear kinetics through a wide dose range that could allow individualization of treatment in patients with refractory epilepsy, a key goal for the second generation formulation. Based on these results, Marinus expects to apply extended-release technologies to the formulation targeting consistent exposure to achieve once or twice daily dosing while allowing physicians to dose titrate to higher serum concentrations of ganaxolone. The Company now anticipates initiating a clinical trial in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome with a second generation formulation in 2025. The MAD study data will be submitted for presentation at an upcoming medical meeting. IND-enabling studies for a ganaxolone prodrug are expected to be completed by year end 2024.

While development of the second generation formulation proceeds, Marinus intends to explore new clinical programs for ZTALMY oral suspension in other refractory epilepsies in the second half of 2024.

Marinus AES Scientific Exhibit

Advancing Ganaxolone Research in Rare Seizure Disorders: Updates from Marinus Pharmaceuticals

Location: Room W315B

Date/Time: Monday, December 4, 2023, 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET

AES Presentation Details

A Phase 1 Single Ascending Dose, Open-Label Crossover Comparative Bioavailability Study of a Second-Generation Ganaxolone Oral Formulation

Authors: J. Hulihan, M. Gasior, I. Miller, H. Whalen

Poster Session #: 2.258

Date/Time: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Sustained Seizure Control With 2 Years of Ganaxolone Treatment for Cyclin-dependent Kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) Deficiency Disorder (CDD) in the Marigold Study Open-Label Extension

Authors: E. Pestana-Knight, S. Amin, N. Bahi-Buisson, O. Devinsky, E. Marsh, R. Rajaraman, A. Aimetti, E. Rybak, F. Kong, I. Miller, J. Hulihan, S. Demarest

Poster Session #: 2.263

Date/Time: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Analysis of Real-World Characteristics of Patients with CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder Enrolled for Ganaxolone Treatment

Authors: J. Flatt, A. Aimetti, I. Miller

Poster Session #: 2.302

Date/Time: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Patient Journey with Status Epilepticus: Understanding Treatment Pathways, Outcomes, and Healthcare Burden Using Patient Level Real-World Hospital Data

Authors: M. Barra, S. Saikumar, S. Shah, D. Katariya, A. Lovink, H. Vaitkevicius, E. Rybak

Poster Session #: 2.399

Date/Time: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Intravenous Ganaxolone Attenuates Sarin Nerve Agent Induced Seizures

Authors: P. Anantharam, K. Burenheide, A. Hunzinger, J. Moore, P. Beske, M. Metea, M. Saporito

Poster Session #: 3.065

Date/Time: Monday, December 4, 2023, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET

Ganaxolone Administration via G-tube: Subgroup Analysis of the Phase 3 Marigold Study in CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder (CDD)

Authors: M. Gasior, A. Aimetti, J. Hulihan, L. Alvarez

Poster Session #: 3.264

Date/Time: Monday, December 4, 2023, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET

Effect of Concomitant Antiseizure Medications on the Safety and Efficacy of Ganaxolone for the Treatment of Seizures Associated with CDKL5 Deficiency Disorder: Findings from the Phase 3 MARIGOLD Study

Authors: R. Rajaraman, J. Flatt, A. Aimetti, J. Hulihan, S. Perry

Poster Session #: 3.272

Date/Time: Monday, December 4, 2023, 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET

About Marinus Pharmaceuticals

Marinus is a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics for seizure disorders. The Company first introduced FDA-approved prescription medication ZTALMY® (ganaxolone) oral suspension CV in the U.S. in 2022 and continues to invest in the potential of ganaxolone in IV and oral formulations to maximize therapeutic reach for adult and pediatric patients in acute and chronic care settings. For more information about Marinus visit

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