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Athira Pharma Presents Preclinical Data Further Supporting the Therapeutic Potential of ATH-1105 in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

New results support the neuroprotective effects of ATH-1105 in preclinical models of ALS, as indicated by consistent reduction in plasma neurofilament light chain (NfL) levels and preservation of motor function

Data presented at invitational Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) meeting

BOTHELL, Wash., Oct. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Athira Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHA), a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules to restore neuronal health and slow neurodegeneration, presented new preclinical data supporting the potential benefit of ATH-1105 for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the 22nd Annual Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) Meeting, taking place October 4-6, 2023, virtually and in-person in Clearwater, Florida. ATH-1105 is an orally administered small molecule therapeutic candidate designed to enhance the neurotrophic hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) system.

“Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that ATH-1105 offers broad neuroprotective activity in preclinical models of ALS, including the rescue of motor neurons from insults in vitro and reduction in plasma neurofilament light (NfL), decreased pTDP-43 accumulation in nerves, and improvements in motor and nerve function in vivo,” stated Kevin Church, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Athira Pharma. “There is an urgent need for new ALS treatment options, particularly those aimed at stopping or slowing neurodegeneration. We are encouraged by the consistent benefit of ATH-1105 in these animal models, whether given pre- or post-symptom onset or in combination with riluzole. These findings underscore the broad neuroprotective activity of ATH-1105 and support its ongoing development.”

Poster Presentation (Poster #146): ATH-1105, a small molecule positive modulator of the hepatocyte growth factor system, is neuroprotective in a mouse model of ALS when administered pre- or post-symptom onset, or in combination with riluzole

ATH-1105 demonstrated neuroprotective properties in several preclinical models of ALS:

  • In vitro, ATH-1105 protected motor neurons from excitotoxicity, reduced TDP-43 mis-localization, preserved metabolic stability, and maintained neuromuscular junction integrity.
  • In vivo, treatment with ATH-1105 improved motor and nerve function, mitigated inflammation and neurodegeneration, and reduced plasma NfL and pTDP-43 accumulation in ALS mice when administered alone or in combination with riluzole.

NEALS is a closed meeting, and the presentation will be available on the Scientific Publications & Presentations page of the company’s website at

About ATH-1105
ATH-1105 is an orally administered small molecule designed to positively modulate the neurotrophic hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) system, which plays a critical role in nervous system maintenance and repair, including stimulation of cell survival, increase in neuronal outgrowth and modulation of neuronal network repair. In preclinical models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), ATH-1105 has been shown to significantly increase survival and delay time to first death, enhance motor and nerve function, reduce motor neuron demyelination and axon degeneration, and improve biomarkers of neurodegeneration and inflammation.

About Athira Pharma, Inc.
Athira Pharma, Inc., headquartered in the Seattle, Washington area, is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules to restore neuronal health and slow neurodegeneration. Athira aims to alter the course of neurological diseases by advancing its pipeline of therapeutic candidates targeting the neurotrophic HGF system for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. For more information, visit
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