InflaRx Announces Positive Topline Results from the Single Ascending Dose (SAD) Phase I Study with C5aR Inhibitor INF904

  • SAD data confirm best-in-class potential for INF904 as orally administered C5aR inhibitor:
    • Safety and tolerability with no signals of concern over entire dose range
    • Pharmacokinetics (PK): favorable dose-proportional systemic exposure with overall PK profile confirming pre-clinical data
    • Desired blocking activity (>90%) of C5a-induced neutrophil activation at disease relevant C5a levels 24 hours post administration for doses of 30 mg to 240 mg
    • INF904 can be formulated with drug strength of 30 mg per capsule
  • Data from the ongoing multiple ascending dose (MAD) part of the study to be presented in early 2024
  • Company to host a conference call today, September 11, 2023 at 8:30 am EDT/14:30 CEST

JENA, Germany, Sept. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a biotechnology company pioneering anti-inflammatory therapeutics targeting the complement system, announced today its topline results from the single ascending dose (SAD) part of its randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled Phase I trial of the orally administered, low molecular weight C5aR inhibitor INF904. In the SAD part of the study, INF904 demonstrated an excellent safety and tolerability profile as well as a very favorable pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) profile, confirming INF904´s best-in-class potential.

The SAD part of the Phase I first-in-human trial enrolled 62 healthy volunteers within six different dosing groups from 3 mg to 240 mg who were randomly assigned to receive INF904 or a placebo. Different drug concentrations were tested for the 60 mg dosing group. The main objectives were to assess safety and tolerability of single ascending doses under fasting conditions. Secondary endpoints included several PK parameters, and the effect of INF904 on C5a-induced neutrophil activation in blood samples from treated volunteers ex vivo also was explored.

“Our team has spent several years developing an orally administered inhibitor of the terminal complement C5a / C5aR pathway with optimized PD and PK properties primarily for the long-term treatment of patients with chronic inflammatory conditions in need of improved therapeutic options. We are very pleased that the results announced today confirm our pre-clinical studies with INF904, which did not reveal any safety concerns and demonstrated favorable PK and PD profiles. We look forward to seeing the results from the MAD part of the study and advancing INF904 in development,” commented Renfeng Guo, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of InflaRx.

The results show that INF904 was well tolerated in treated patients and resulted in no safety signals of concern in single doses ranging from 3 mg to 240 mg. The overall percentage of adverse events (AEs) was lower in the INF904 treated patients compared to the placebo group, and no serious or severe AEs were observed at any dosing level. No related AEs were reported in conjunction with INF904 dosing.

Analysis of INF904 PK in subject plasma samples revealed sustained exposure to INF904 with six hours to maximum concentration (tmax). INF904 plasma levels were dose proportional for systemic exposure (AUClast) and nearly dose proportional for maximum concentration (Cmax) over the dose range used in the study. With the 30 mg dose, INF904 reached a Cmax of 289 ng/ml with an AUClast of 5197 h.ng/ml, which are approximately 3-fold and 10-fold, respectively, higher than the published Phase I data from the only marketed comparator1.

Single doses of 30 mg or higher of INF904 achieved ≥90% blocking of C5a induced up-regulation of the activation marker CD11b on neutrophils in plasma samples from subjects ex vivo at 24 hours post dosing. This inhibition was achieved when 12.6 nM recombinant C5a was added as stimulus in this assay, a C5a concentration which can be observed in patients with severe inflammatory conditions such as the immuno-dermatological disease, hidradenitis suppurativa, or during life-threatening inflammation (e.g., in critically ill COVID-19 patients or septic patients). Thus, INF904 inhibition of C5a-induced neutrophil activation in human plasma achieved the set goal for effective C5aR control at disease relevant C5a levels.

We are excited about the results we have seen to date in this Phase 1 trial, which support the best-in-class potential of our orally administered C5aR inhibitor INF904,” said Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of InflaRx. “Based on these promising results, we are initiating necessary steps to prepare for the future clinical evaluation of INF904. We plan to develop INF904 primarily for complement-mediated, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases where oral administration is the preferred choice for patients,” he added.

The MAD part of the Phase 1 trial is ongoing, and the Company expects to present results from the approximately 24 healthy volunteers at the beginning of 2024. InflaRx is currently preparing to initiate additional required pre-clinical studies, including chronic toxicology studies, for the future clinical development of INF904 in chronic inflammatory diseases. In parallel, the Company is evaluating select potential indications for future development.

Conference call scheduled for today, September 11, 2023

InflaRx will host a conference call today, September 11, 2023 at 8:30 am EDT (14:30 CEST) to provide more details about the announced topline results of the SAD part of its Phase I study of INF904 in healthy human subjects. To participate in the conference call, participants may pre-register here and will receive a dedicated link and dial-in details to easily and quickly access the call. A replay will be available on the InflaRx website in the Investors – Events & Presentations section after the live conference call has concluded.

About INF904

INF904 is an orally administered small molecule inhibitor of C5a-induced signaling via the receptor C5aR. INF904 showed anti-inflammatory therapeutic effects in several pre-clinical disease models, and there were no obvious toxicological findings in investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies, including required good laboratory practice (GLP) toxicity analyses. Oral INF904 showed higher plasma exposure in animals, including non-human primates, and improved neutrophil-inhibitory activity in a hamster model compared to a marketed C5aR inhibitor. Further, in contrast to the marketed C5aR inhibitor, in vitro experiments demonstrated that INF904 has substantially less inhibition of the cytochrome P450 3A4/5 (CYP3A4/5) enzymes, which play an important role in the metabolism of a variety of metabolites and drugs, including glucocorticoids. Reported results from the single ascending dose part of an ongoing first-in-humans study demonstrated that INF904 is well tolerated in treated subjects and exhibits no safety signals of concern in single doses ranging from 3 mg to 240 mg. InflaRx plans to study INF904 for the treatment of complement-mediated, chronic autoimmune and inflammatory diseases where oral administration is the preferred choice for patients.

About InflaRx

InflaRx GmbH (Germany) and InflaRx Pharmaceuticals Inc. (USA) are wholly owned subsidiaries of InflaRx N.V. (together, InflaRx).

InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a biotechnology company pioneering anti-inflammatory therapeutics by applying its proprietary anti-C5a and anti-C5aR technologies to discover, develop and commercialize first-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of the complement activation factor C5a and its receptor C5aR. C5a is a powerful inflammatory mediator involved in the progression of a wide variety of inflammatory diseases. InflaRx’s lead product candidate, vilobelimab, is a novel, intravenously delivered, first-in-class, anti-C5a monoclonal antibody that selectively binds to free C5a and has demonstrated disease-modifying clinical activity and tolerability in multiple clinical studies in different indications. InflaRx was founded in 2007, and the group has offices and subsidiaries in Jena and Munich, Germany, as well as Ann Arbor, MI, USA. For further information, please visit www.inflarx.com.

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1 InflaRx has not conducted a head-to-head comparison of the marketed C5aR inhibitor to INF904 in a clinical study. Without such head-to-head data, InflaRx is unable to make comparative claims between INF904 and the marketed C5aR inhibitor.


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