Q32 Bio Announces Publication of Preclinical Data in Molecular Therapy Demonstrating the Therapeutic Potential of Tissue-Targeted Complement Inhibitor ADX-097 for Complement-Mediated Diseases

 

-- Novel approach to directly target local tissue complement dysregulation resulted in durable and efficacious complement blockade without systemic inhibition in preclinical studies --

-- Company is planning to evaluate ADX-097 in a Phase 2 clinical trial of complement-mediated renal diseases, with initial data expected by year-end 2024 and topline results in 2025, and a Phase 2 clinical trial in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (AAV) --

WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Q32 Bio Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company developing biologic therapeutics to restore immune homeostasis, today announced the publication of preclinical data in Molecular Therapy that further validates the therapeutic potential of ADX-097, a tissue-targeted complement inhibitor. The paper, titled "C3d-Targeted factor H inhibits tissue complement in disease models and reduces glomerular injury without affecting circulating complement," was co-authored by Q32 Bio scientists Fei Liu, Ph.D., and Sarah Ryan, with Chief Scientific Officer Shelia Violette, Ph.D., and Stefan Wawersik, Ph.D., Vice President and Head of Research at Q32 Bio as senior authors.

ADX-097 is Q32 Bio's lead program from its tissue-targeted complement inhibitor platform. Q32 Bio has completed a Phase 1 clinical trial of ADX-097 and expects to initiate an open-label Phase 2 renal basket clinical trial this year as well as a Phase 2 clinical trial in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (AAV). Initial data from the renal basket trial is expected by year-end and topline results from both Phase 2 trials are expected in 2025.

"These data described in the Molecular Therapy paper underscore the transformative potential which a tissue-targeting approach may provide, representing an exciting next generation evolution within the complement therapeutics field," said Michael Holers, M.D., University of Colorado Smyth Professor of Rheumatology and a co-founder of Q32 Bio. "Although systemic inhibitors can be leveraged to treat diseases of complement hyperactivity, complete and highly effective inhibition in tissues is very difficult to achieve due to high circulating concentrations and rapid turnover of complement components, and local complement factor production. Systemic treatments also increase infection risk because of complement's essential role in innate immunity."

Q32 Bio explored the biodistribution and pharmacology of fusion proteins containing a C3d antibody and a fragment of the complement negative regulator factor H (fH) in various animal models. The findings supported C3d as an effective localization target to deliver a novel and potent tissue-targeted approach to complement inhibition as demonstrated in mouse, rat and non-human primate models of complement activation. Additionally, in the Passive Heymann Nephritis model of membranous nephropathy in rats, researchers found that local complement inhibition is sufficient to modulate disease progression in vivo. Notably, without requiring systemic complement inhibition, C3d-mAb-fH fusion proteins in this model reduced glomerular complement, as measured in kidney tissue via immunostaining, as well as urinary complement activation biomarkers including the soluble C5b-9 complex. The fusion proteins also inhibited progression of renal injury and preserved podocyte architecture, suggesting disease-modifying efficacy.

"These preclinical data support Q32 Bio's novel approach to tissue-targeted regulation of the complement system and the potential of ADX-097 across multiple complement-mediated diseases," said Dr. Violette. "Together with the promising results from our Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers, which demonstrated a favorable tolerability and immunogenicity profile across all single and multiple dose cohorts, we are excited to advance ADX-097 into a Phase 2 basket clinical trial in multiple renal disease indications this year."

"The data presented indicate that tissue C3d deposition is a feature of several autoimmune diseases affecting multiple organs, co-localizing with active complement, and that C3d-targeting could be a means of locally delivering a complement inhibitor for these indications," added Dr. Wawersik. "These results suggest C3d-directed targeting as a strategy for potent, localized complement inhibitors, demonstrating that targeting local tissue complement results in durable and efficacious complement blockade while avoiding systemic inhibition. This has long been a goal in treating patients with autoimmune and inflammatory disorders."

About ADX-097

ADX-097 is based on a novel platform enabling tissue-targeted regulation of the complement system without long-term systemic blockade, a key differentiator from current complement therapeutics. Q32 Bio recently completed a first-in-human, Phase 1 ascending dose clinical study of ADX-097 in healthy volunteers. Results from the Phase 1 clinical trial demonstrated a favorable tolerability and immunogenicity profile across all single and multiple dose cohorts and weekly subcutaneous dosing met exposures for predicted complete complement inhibition in the tissue with no systemic inhibition. Q32 Bio expects to initiate an open-label Phase 2 basket clinical trial, with initial data expected by year-end 2024, and a Phase 2 clinical trial in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (AAV), with topline results from the AAV and basket trials expected in the second half of 2025.

About Q32 Bio

Q32 Bio is a clinical stage biotechnology company developing biologic therapeutics targeting potent regulators of the innate and adaptive immune systems to re-balance immunity in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Q32 Bio's lead programs, focused on the IL-7 / TSLP receptor pathways and complement system, address immune dysregulation to help patients take back control of their lives.

Q32 Bio's program for adaptive immunity, bempikibart (ADX-914), is a fully human anti-IL-7Rα antibody that re-regulates adaptive immune function for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. It is being evaluated in two Phase 2 trials for the treatment of atopic dermatitis and alopecia areata. The IL-7 and TSLP pathways have been genetically and biologically implicated in driving several T cell-mediated pathological processes in numerous autoimmune diseases. Q32 Bio's program for innate immunity, ADX-097, is based on a novel platform enabling tissue-targeted regulation of the complement system without long-term systemic blockade – a key differentiator versus current complement therapeutics. Q32 Bio has recently completed a first-in-human, Phase 1 ascending dose clinical study of ADX-097 in healthy volunteers.

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