InflaRx Provides Update on Development Plans for Vilobelimab in Hidradenitis Suppurativa
JENA, Germany, Feb. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- InflaRx N.V. (Nasdaq: IFRX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing anti-inflammatory therapeutics by targeting the complement system, today reported that the Company has received an advice letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to its Phase III program with vilobelimab for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). The feedback indicates that the FDA recommends using the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinical Response Score (“HiSCR”) as the primary endpoint in the Phase III trial. The FDA advice was provided nearly three months after the Company’s protocol submission and contrasts with the FDA advice provided to the Company in a Type A meeting held in Q3 2021. In the minutes of that meeting, FDA provided advice on how to implement, name and validate the meaningfulness of the modified HiSCR, a new primary endpoint suggested by the Company, that would measure the reduction of all three types of inflammatory lesions in HS – inflammatory nodules, abscesses and draining tunnels. A reduction in draining tunnels is not captured by the HiSCR. Within the Type A written response, FDA did not recommend the traditional HiSCR as the primary endpoint measure. Following the advice received in the Type A meeting, earlier this year, InflaRx announced the initiation of a Phase III trial, designed to study patients with moderate to severe HS disease suffering from actively draining tunnels.
Given the unexpected details of the feedback from the FDA, InflaRx will pause activities related to the Phase III trial. The Company will seek to clarify the advice received and determine next steps, which will be communicated accordingly. The FDA has not issued a clinical hold.
As previously announced, InflaRx completed a Type A meeting with the FDA in Q3 2021 to align on the Phase III HS study design. In this meeting, FDA and InflaRx discussed together a new primary efficacy endpoint for a pivotal study program that focuses on patients with active draining tunnels and includes measuring the reduction of all three types of inflammatory lesions. InflaRx incorporated the FDA’s input and submitted the Phase III protocol to the Agency in late November 2021. The FDA had no comments during the 30-day nor the 60-day review period. In Q1 2022, InflaRx determined it was appropriate to begin study activities, as the Company did not expect any critical protocol review issues to be pending with FDA.
Vilobelimab is a first-in-class monoclonal anti-human complement factor C5a antibody, which highly and effectively blocks the biological activity of C5a and demonstrates high selectivity towards its target in human blood. Thus, vilobelimab leaves the formation of the membrane attack complex (C5b-9) intact as an important defense mechanism, which is not the case for molecules blocking the cleavage of C5. Vilobelimab has been demonstrated in pre-clinical studies to control the inflammatory response driven tissue and organ damage by specifically blocking C5a as a key “amplifier” of this response. Vilobelimab is believed to be the first monoclonal anti-C5a antibody introduced into clinical development. Over 300 people have been treated with vilobelimab in completed clinical trials, and the antibody has been shown to be well tolerated. Vilobelimab is currently being developed for various indications, including hidradenitis suppurativa, and has recently reported positive Phase II results in ANCA-associated vasculitis and pyoderma gangraenosum. Vilobelimab is in Phase III development for the treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients and in Phase II development for patients suffering from cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC).
About InflaRx N.V.
InflaRx (Nasdaq: IFRX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on applying its proprietary technology to discover and develop first-in-class or best-in-class, potent and specific inhibitors of C5a and C5aR. Complement C5a and C5aR are powerful inflammatory mediators involved in the progression of a wide variety of autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases. 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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