Athira Pharma Presents Preclinical Data at the 2022 Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS) Annual Meeting

May 16, 2022 at 7:01 AM EDT

HGF/MET positive modulators reduce pain-related behaviors in a model of diabetic neuropathy

BOTHELL, Wash., May 16, 2022 (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, today announced the presentation of preclinical data on two small molecule positive modulators of the HGF/MET signaling pathway, ATH-1018 and ATH-1019, at the 2022 Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS) Annual Meeting.

The research highlights the effect of ATH-1018 and ATH-1019 on neuropathic pain-related behaviors in a preclinical model of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic neuropathy. Data demonstrate that measures of pain-related behaviors were significantly improved on testing days across all dose levels for each molecule. Pain-related behaviors were also significantly reduced prior to dosing on day 25 when ATH-1018 or ATH-1019 had been cleared from plasma, suggestive of potentially persistent pain-modifying effects.

“Previous work has identified the HGF/MET pathway as a potential therapeutic target for peripheral neuropathies, including diabetic neuropathy, which features components of nerve damage and inflammation. Our preclinical data demonstrates the potential of ATH-1018 and ATH-1019 as therapeutic candidates for painful diabetic neuropathy,” said Kevin Church, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Research of Athira. “We look forward to the continued evaluation of these candidates to further support our pipeline expansion.”

The poster “Small Molecule HGF/MET Positive Modulator Effectively Reduces Pain-Related Behaviors in a Rat Diabetic Neuropathy Model” can be found on the Scientific Publications & Presentations page of the company’s website at The poster is also viewable on the PNS conference website to registrants through Dec. 31, 2022.

About Athira Pharma, Inc.
Athira Pharma Inc., headquartered in the Seattle area, is a late clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing small molecules to restore neuronal health and slow neurodegeneration. Athira aims to provide rapid cognitive improvement and alter the course of neurological diseases with its novel mechanism of action. Athira is currently advancing its pipeline therapeutic candidates, targeting the HGF/MET neurotrophic system, for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies and neuropsychiatric indications. For more information, visit You can also follow Athira on Facebook, LinkedIn and @athirapharma on Twitter and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements
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