Palo Alto, Calif.-based Limbix Health Inc. secured $9 million in series A funding for development of Spark, its prescription digital therapeutic (PDT) designed to treat depression in adolescents. GSR Ventures led the round with additional funding from other existing investors, including Sequoia Capital, Storm Ventures, Nextgen Venture Partners and Bixink Therapeutics.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc. has struck an agreement with privately held Navitor Pharmaceuticals Inc. to run a joint phase II program for Navitor's mTORC1 activator, NV-5138, in treatment-resistant depression (TRD).
London-based Livanova plc has entered a collaboration with Verily Inc., an Alphabet company, to enrich data from its RECOVER trial using tools and analytics developed by Verily. The study, which kicked off last September, is assessing the effectiveness of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy for patients with difficult-to-treat depression (DTD).
Fisher Wallace Laboratories of New York has filed a citizen’s petition with the U.S. FDA regarding the agency’s proposed class III designation for cranial electrotherapy stimulators (CES) for treatment of depression. The company argued that the agency disallowed evidence at an advisory hearing regarding this therapy provided by direct rather than alternating current, but also that the FDA had reneged on an earlier decision to classify these devices as class II devices.
Seven years after an advisory hearing on the subject, the FDA has determined that cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) devices will be slotted as class III devices when used for depression. The decision comes despite a number of irregularities that took place at the February 2012 advisory hearing.
A second phase II failure to differentiate from placebo in a test of benefits for people with depression has put AV-101, an NMDA receptor antagonist developed by Vistagen Therapeutics Inc., in uncertain territory.
Top-line data from Relmada Therapeutics Inc.'s phase II study of REL-1017 (dextromethadone) in patients with treatment-resistant depression caused the stock to more than double Tuesday, a great day on the market.
The routine application of medical device technology to neurological indications beyond pain remains challenging in all but the most severe patients. Micro-cap Neuronetics Inc. is aiming to change all that with its Neurostar transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) system that is noninvasive and used in the physician's office.
Word from the FDA to Axsome Therapeutics Inc. about the effort with oral N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist AXS-05 in depression – and the company's accelerated push with the compound – had Wall Street watching the NMDA space with even more interest than usual.