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CNS Pharmaceuticals Achieves Completion of Planned Enrollment in Potentially Pivotal Study of Berubicin for the Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM)

HOUSTON, TX / ACCESSWIRE / January 17, 2024 / CNS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CNSP) ("CNS" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of novel treatments for primary and metastatic cancers in the brain and central nervous system, today announced completion of planned enrollment in its global potentially pivotal study evaluating Berubicin, the Company's novel anthracycline and the first anthracycline to appear to cross the blood-brain barrier, for the treatment of GBM, an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer.

The potentially pivotal study of Berubicin is a multicenter, open-label, randomized controlled study in adult patients with recurrent GBM (WHO Grade IV) after failure of standard first-line therapy and compared to Lomustine. The study has enrolled 247 patients across 46 clinical trial sites in the U.S., Italy, France, Spain, and Switzerland. The primary endpoint of the study is Overall Survival (OS), a rigorous endpoint the FDA has recognized as the basis for approval of oncology drugs when a statistically significant improvement can be shown relative to a randomized control arm.

John Climaco, CEO of CNS Pharmaceuticals commented, "The completion of planned enrollment is yet another important milestone for the Company. With the DSMB's recent positive recommendation based on the interim analysis and the completion of planned enrollment, we are now focused on bringing this study across the finish line. We remain hopeful in our effort to address this devastating disease and potentially offering an effective treatment in GBM that is safe and well tolerated."

As announced on December 18, 2023, the interim analysis of efficacy and safety data in the potentially pivotal study of Berubicin was successfully completed. The recommendation of the independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) was that the Company's ongoing global, potentially pivotal trial of the investigational agent Berubicin for the treatment of GBM continue without any modification. The recommendation follows the DSMB's pre-specified futility analysis of unblinded (to the DSMB only) efficacy and safety data in the Company's trial of Berubicin versus Lomustine, a standard of care in patients with recurrent GBM. More specifically, the DSMB reviewed the primary endpoint of overall survival (OS) and secondary efficacy measures progression-free survival (PFF) and overall response rate (ORR), as well as safety data in evaluable patients. In order to support continuing the trial, Berubicin's efficacy had to be at least comparable to Lomustine's on the primary endpoint (OS).

For more information about this trial, visit and reference identifier NCT04762069.

The FDA has granted CNS Pharmaceuticals Fast Track Designation for Berubicin, which enables more frequent interactions with the agency for guidance on expediting the development and review process. Additionally, the Company has received Orphan Drug Designation from the FDA for using Berubicin to treat malignant glioma, which may provide seven years of marketing exclusivity upon approval of a New Drug Application (NDA).

About Berubicin
Berubicin is an anthracycline, a class of anticancer agents that are among the most powerful chemotherapy drugs and effective against more types of cancer than any other class of chemotherapeutic agents. Anthracyclines are designed to utilize natural processes to induce deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage in targeted cancer cells by interfering with the action of topoisomerase II, a critical enzyme enabling cell proliferation. Berubicin treatment of brain cancer patients appeared to demonstrate positive responses that include one durable complete response in a Phase 1 human clinical trial conducted by Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Berubicin was developed by Dr. Waldemar Priebe, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

About CNS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
CNS Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing a pipeline of anti-cancer drug candidates for the treatment of primary and metastatic cancers of the brain and central nervous system. The Company's lead drug candidate, Berubicin, is a novel anthracycline and the first anthracycline to appear to cross the blood-brain barrier. Berubicin is currently in development for the treatment of a number of serious brain and CNS oncology indications including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer.

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