Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Nova Seeks Orphan Drug Status in US for Psilocybin, Hallucinogenic Therapy

Nova Mentis has filed an application for orphan drug designation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for psilocybin, its investigational psychedelic therapy for fragile X syndrome. Recently, psilocybin received orphan drug designation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which offers financial incentives for potential rare disease treatments. Nova also…

FDA OKs Phase 2 Trial Design for Xanamem

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given positive feedback to Actinogen’s pre-investigational new drug (pre-IND) submission regarding Xanamem, its experimental oral therapy for fragile X syndrome. In a written response following a pre-IND meeting with Actinogen, the FDA agreed the data gathered and the proposed trial design…

Study Will Probe Gut Microbiome in ASD, Fragile X

Nova Mentis is launching a clinical study in the U.S. to assess the diversity of gut microbiome — the community of microbes living in the gut — in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including fragile X syndrome, the company announced. The research is intended to help…

NIH Grant Boosts Research Into Faulty Protein Production in Fragile X

A nearly $2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),  will help researchers understand the mechanisms underlying impaired protein production in fragile X syndrome. The awarded project, “Mechanism of Gp1 mGluR-dependent translation and plasticity,” is led by scientists Nien-Pei…