Allakos Announces the Initiation of Antolimab (AK002) Clinical Studies
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Allakos, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALLK), a biotechnology company developing antolimab (AK002) for the treatment of eosinophil and mast cell related diseases, today reported the initiation of three clinical studies of antolimab: a Phase 3 study in eosinophilic gastritis (EG) and/or eosinophilic duodenitis (EoD), a Phase 2/3 study in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), and a Phase 1 study of subcutaneously administered antolimab in healthy volunteers. The Phase 3 EG and/or EoD study and the Phase 2/3 EoE study follow positive results from ENIGMA, the Company’s multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2 study in patients with EG and/or EoD.
Phase 3 Eosinophilic Gastritis (EG) and/or Eosinophilic Duodenitis (EoD) Study Design
The multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 3 trial will enroll approximately 160 patients with active, biopsy-confirmed EG (eosinophil count of ≥30 eosinophils in 5 high powered fields [hpfs] in the stomach) and/or EoD (eosinophil count of ≥30 eosinophils in 3 hpfs in duodenum). Patients will be randomized 1:1 to receive: (a) 1.0 mg/kg of antolimab for the first month followed by five doses of 3.0 mg/kg given monthly, or (b) monthly placebo. The co-primary endpoints of the study are: 1) the proportion of patients achieving ≤ 4 eosinophils in 5hpfs in the stomach and/or ≤15 eosinophils in 3hpfs in the duodenum and 2) absolute change in Total Symptom Score (TSS-6: abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, early satiety, abdominal cramping, loss of appetite) measured using the daily patient reported symptom questionnaire used in ENIGMA. The TSS-6 consists of the six most frequent and severe symptoms reported in ENIGMA.
Phase 2/3 Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) Study Design
The multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 2/3 trial will enroll approximately 300 patients with active, biopsy-confirmed EoE (eosinophil count of ≥15 eosinophils in a single hpf). Patients will be randomized 1:1:1 to receive: (a) six antolimab doses of 1.0 mg/kg given monthly, (b) 1.0 mg/kg of antolimab for the first month followed by five doses of 3.0 mg/kg given monthly, or (c) monthly placebo. The co-primary endpoints of the study are: (1) the proportion of patients achieving ≤6 eosinophils in a single hpf and (2) absolute change in dysphagia symptoms measured using a daily patient reported symptom questionnaire known as the Dysphagia Symptom Questionnaire (DSQ).
Phase 1 Study of Subcutaneously Administered Antolimab in Healthy Volunteers
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 1 trial will evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of subcutaneously administered antolimab in healthy volunteers.
Conference Call and Live Webcast
The Company will host a conference call and webcast with slides today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To participate by telephone, please dial 877-407-9039 (domestic) or 201-689-8470 (international). The conference ID number is 13700828. A live and archived audio webcast can be accessed through the Investors section of the Company's website at www.allakos.com. The archived audio webcast will remain available on the Company's website for 30 days following the conference call.
About Eosinophilic Gastritis, Eosinophilic Duodenitis, and Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Eosinophilic gastritis, eosinophilic duodenitis (previously referred to as eosinophilic gastroenteritis), and eosinophilic esophagitis are severe inflammatory orphan diseases characterized by the presence of high levels of eosinophils in the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus, respectively. Common symptoms of the diseases include severe abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, early satiety, loss of appetite, vomiting, dysphagia, and weight loss. The current estimated prevalence of eosinophilic gastritis and eosinophilic duodenitis in the United States is approximately 50,000 people. The estimated prevalence of eosinophilic esophagitis in the United States is approximately 150,000 people. There are no treatments approved specifically for these diseases. Treatment with systemic steroids can provide symptomatic improvement, but long-term treatment with steroids is generally not possible due to the numerous side effects. Allakos has received orphan drug designation for antolimab in eosinophilic gastritis, eosinophilic gastroenteritis, and eosinophilic esophagitis.
Allakos is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing antibodies that target immunomodulatory receptors present on immune effector cells involved in allergic, inflammatory, and proliferative diseases. The Company’s lead antibody, antolimab (AK002), targets Siglec-8, an inhibitory receptor selectively expressed on human mast cells and eosinophils. Antolimab has been shown to inhibit mast cells and deplete eosinophils. Inappropriately activated eosinophils and mast cells have been identified as key drivers in a number of severe diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract, eyes, skin, lungs and other organs. Antolimab has been tested in six clinical studies. In these studies, antolimab eliminated blood and tissue eosinophils, inhibited mast cells and improved disease symptoms in patients with eosinophilic gastritis and/or eosinophilic duodenitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, mast cell gastrointestinal disease, severe allergic conjunctivitis, chronic urticaria, and indolent systemic mastocytosis. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.allakos.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, Allakos’ progress and business plans and plans relating to its future clinical trials. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from current expectations and beliefs, including but not limited to: Allakos’ early stages of clinical drug development; Allakos’ ability to timely complete clinical trials for, and if approved, commercialize antolimab, its lead compound; Allakos’ ability to obtain required regulatory approvals and appropriate labelling for its product candidates; uncertainties related to the enrollment of patients in its clinical trials; Allakos’ ability to demonstrate sufficient safety and efficacy of its product candidates in its clinical trials; uncertainties related to the success of later-stage clinical trials, regardless of the outcomes of preclinical testing and early-stage trials; market acceptance of Allakos’ product candidates; uncertainties related to the projections of the size of patient populations suffering from the diseases Allakos is targeting; Allakos’ ability to advance additional product candidates beyond antolimab; Allakos’ ability to obtain additional capital to finance its operations; and other important risk factors set forth in Allakos’ most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 25, 2020, and future reports to be filed with the SEC. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Allakos to differ materially from those contained in Allakos’ forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof, and Allakos specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Allakos’ views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
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