SHANGHAI, Hua Medicine (“Hua Medicine”; SEHK: 2552) today announced that at the 6th China BioMed Innovation and Investment Conference held September 25-27 in Suzhou, China (the “CBIIC”), Professor Jianhua MA, Director of the Department of Endocrinology, Nanjing First Hospital, Standing Member of the Chinese Diabetes Society, as one of the principal researchers, presented the results from a clinical study called DREAM, which showed that dorzagliatin, a glucokinase activator and a first-in-class investigational drug of Hua Medicine, may make progress in diabetes remission.
The DREAM study is an observational, non-pharmacologic and non-interventional clinical study initiated by certain researchers participating in the SEED study (also known as HMM0301). The SEED study is a Phase III registered clinical study of dorzagliatin monotherapy in drug-naive Type 2 diabetes patients to observe its long-term efficacy and safety. The main objective of the DREAM study is to evaluate the ability of Type 2 diabetes patients who participated in our SEED Study and achieved glycemic control as defined by investigators, to maintain normal to near-normal glucose levels (i.e., remission of Type 2 diabetes), without any glucose-lowering medication after the completion of the SEED study for a minimum follow-up period of 52-weeks.
The DREAM study was conducted in a total of 69 patients in five clinical sites in China. The researchers comprehensively evaluated the subjects and set their individual HbA1c control goals, and the results of the research showed that the subjects had a 52-week glucose remission rate of 65.2% (95% CI, 53.4%, 77.0%)  during the research period.
Professor Jianhua MA said, “Dorzagliatin, a new class of glucokinase activator, has demonstrated the ability to effectively improve early phase insulin secretion and beta cell function and insulin resistance resulting in Type 2 diabetes remission. In the previous SEED study, dorzagliatin monotherapy also demonstrated stable long-term efficacy and a good safety profile. The DREAM study again showed positive results, where patients who reached normal blood glucose level after dorzagliatin treatment were able to maintain their blood glucose level and beta cell function after discontinuation of medication. This result will help us gain a deeper understanding of the mechanism of diabetes remission and explore more effective therapy for patients in clinical treatment. The DREAM study explores the possibility of oral dosing in diabetes remission and is of great significance in expanding the treatment options for Type 2 diabetes.”
At the CBIIC, in addition to the DREAM study results, Dr. Li CHEN, CEO, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Hua Medicine, also analyzed the landscape of medication for Type 2 diabetes and shared Hua Medicine’s development experience and future outlook at the session of Listed Company Roadshow.
Dr. Li CHEN said that, “China has the largest number of diabetes patients in the world, with the number of Type 2 diabetes patients in China exceeding 120 million. According to an epidemiological study published in BMJ by Chinese researchers in 2020, the prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in China was 12.8% and 35.2%, respectively, from 2015 to 2017, and diabetes prevention and control have become a strategic imperative in addressing this major public health issue. The consensus report on diabetes remission recently released by the American Diabetes Association has sparked new thoughts among clinicians and new drug developers about how to prevent diabetes from becoming a lifelong disease. The positive results of the DREAM study have strengthened our confidence in the cure of Type 2 diabetes. Hua Medicine will continue to explore the broad prospects of monotherapy and combination therapy based on dorzagliatin, while further conducting typing studies and using a combination of big data and artificial intelligence for the precise treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Hua Medicine will also actively establish a glucokinase drug development platform based on the unmet clinical needs of the general public in China, and strive to make new breakthroughs in the fields of neurodegenerative diseases, NASH and other diseases.”
Dorzagliatin is an investigational first-in-class, dual-acting glucokinase activator, designed to control the progressive, degenerative nature of diabetes by restoring glucose homeostasis in patients with Type 2 diabetes. By addressing the defect of the glucose sensor function of glucokinase, dorzagliatin has the potential to restore the impaired insulin and GLP-1 secretion of patients with Type 2 diabetes and serve as a cornerstone therapy targeting the root cause of the disease. Two Phase III registration trials for dorzagliatin monotherapy and the combination of dorzagliatin and metformin have been completed in China, as well as studies on drug mechanism synergy with sitagliptin (DPP-4 inhibitor) and empagliflozin (SGLT-2 inhibitor). The Company has obtained the “Drug Manufacturing Permit” of dorzagliatin issued by the Shanghai Municipal Drug Administrative Bureau, and has submitted its NDA to the National Medical Products Administration, so as to realize the “First in Global, Start from China” mission objective for the benefit of diabetic patients worldwide.
About Hua Medicine
Hua Medicine is a leading, innovative biotechnology company in China focused on developing novel therapies for diseases with unmet medical needs. Founded by an experienced group of entrepreneurs and international investment firms, Hua Medicine advanced a first-in-class oral drug for the treatment of T2DM into NDA stage and it has successfully completed two Phase III registration trials in China for dorzagliatin. The Company has initiated product life-cycle management studies of this novel diabetes therapy and advanced its use in personalized diabetes care. Hua Medicine is working closely with disease experts and regulatory agencies in China and across the world to advance diabetes care solutions for patients worldwide. Hua Medicine is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 2552.HK)
About DREAM Study
The DREAM Study is an observational study designed and conducted by certain lead investigators who had participated in the SEED Study to evaluate the efficacy of dorzagliatin in drug-naive Type 2 diabetes patients. The Company did not design or control the DREAM Study and does not own or control the study’s underlying data, although the Company has provided assistance to the investigators in evaluating related data and findings.