Signed informed consent must be obtained prior to participation in the study
Male and female participants, 18 to 65 years of age (inclusive) at screening
DSM-5 defined major depressive disorder (MDD) with a current major depressive episode (MDE) without psychotic features at the time of screening based upon clinical assessment and confirmed by the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.) assessed at Screening
Participants must have current suicidal ideation with intent, confirmed by a "Yes" response to Question B3 AND either Question B10 or Question B11 obtained from the M.I.N.I., assessed at Screening
Current suicidal ideation with intent, confirmed by "Yes" response to Question 3 AND either Question 9 or Question 10 obtained from the SSTS at Baseline
Montgomery-Åsberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score > 28 at Screening and before randomization on Day 1
Participants must agree to receive pharmacological standard of care treatment to treat their MDD (as determined by the treating physician(s) based on clinical judgement and local treatment guidelines) during the trial duration
In the physician's opinion, acute psychiatric hospitalization is clinically warranted to treat the patient's condition, and the patient is either already in the hospital or agrees to be hospitalized voluntarily for the required per protocol period
Any prior or current diagnosis of bipolar disorder, MDD with psychotic features, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder as obtained from M.I.N.I. at Screening
Patients with acute alcohol or substance use disorder or withdrawal symptoms requiring detoxification, or patients who went through detoxification treatment (inpatient or outpatient) within 1 month before Screening.
Participant has a current clinical diagnosis of autism, dementia, or intellectual disability
History of seizures. Note: childhood febrile seizures are not exclusionary
Participants with borderline personality disorder as obtained from M.I.N.I. at Screening.
Participants with suicidal ideation or behavior caused primarily by another non-MDD condition as obtained from M.I.N.I. at Screening
Participants taking medications prohibited by the protocol
Intake of the following medications/ psychotherapy:
Esketamine or Ketamine 2 months before Screening
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) 14 days before Screening
Non-stable psychotherapy regimen and/or started less than 6 weeks before Screening
Any other condition (e.g. known liver disease/liver dysfunction, active malignancy, etc.) which in the opinion of the investigator would put the safety of the participant at risk, impede compliance or hinder completion of the study.