BRISBANE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIMT), a biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies, today announced an AR101 Phase 3 program update, based on recent feedback from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AR101 is Aimmune’s investigational biologic oral immunotherapy for desensitization of patients with peanut allergy.
The primary efficacy analysis in the ongoing Phase 3 PALISADE trial will now be conducted on ages 4-17 years, which aligns with the Breakthrough Therapy Designation population, based on the company’s discussions with the FDA. The company expects to conduct separate analyses for older patients in PALISADE. Additionally, based on FDA feedback, the company anticipates that the safety database for a potential Biologics License Application (BLA) will include data from at least 600 patients treated with AR101.
“We believe that clarity on safety database size and initially focusing on the Breakthrough Therapy Designation age group increase the probability of regulatory success of our AR101 development program,” said Aimmune CEO Stephen Dilly, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. “At the same time, this initial focus allows us to target the urgent unmet need of the largest age segment of peanut-allergic patients.”
Target Population: Prioritizing High Unmet Medical Need of Largest Age Group
The PALISADE trial enrolled 554 patients, 90 percent of whom were between ages 4-17. This age group, which represents a high-unmet need for peanut allergy therapy, is the largest segment of the 6 million peanut allergic patients in the United States and Europe. By 2018, the number of peanut-allergic patients ages 4-17 is estimated to reach 1.6 million in the United States alone.1-4
“We will move as quickly as possible to make AR101 available to 4-17 year-old patients, in whom AR101 demonstrated encouraging activity in our Phase 2 trial,” said Dr. Dilly. “We are eager to see if our Phase 2 results are confirmed in the same patient population in our ongoing Phase 3 program, but in much larger numbers. We remain committed to broadening access to include older patients in the longer term based on our overall Phase 3 data set.”
BLA Filing Expected to Include Safety Data on 600 Patients Treated with AR101
After discussions with the FDA, the company expects that a potential BLA for AR101 would include efficacy data from the PALISADE trial and safety data from at least 600 patients in the PALISADE, ARC004 and RAMSES trials. ARC004, the PALISADE roll-over trial, is currently enrolling patients.
Aimmune plans to initiate the RAMSES trial, which will enroll approximately 440 patients ages 4-17 in the United States, in 2Q 2017. RAMSES is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that will monitor treatment-emergent adverse events during a six-month up-dosing period. Patients will then be followed in an open-label manner for at least six months on the maintenance dose of 300 mg of AR101 per day.
“We believe that our discussions with the FDA allow us to move forward with a higher degree of clarity about what’s likely to be needed to get AR101 through the regulatory process and, as beneficiaries of Breakthrough Therapy Designation, we will continue to engage with the agency to prepare for a potential 2018 BLA filing,” said Dr. Dilly. “With approximately $283 million in cash and investments at the start of 2017, we have sufficient funding to support the current clinical development plan and North American and European regulatory submissions for AR101.”
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Aimmune will host a conference call and live audio webcast Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT to discuss the announced AR101 program updates. The conference call will be accessible via the company’s website at www.aimmune.com on the Events page under Investor Relations. Please connect to the company’s website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be required to listen to the webcast. Alternatively, participants may dial 1-877-497-1438 (domestic) or 1-262-558-6296 (international) and refer to conference ID 74579812. An archived copy of the webcast will be available on the company’s website for at least 30 days after the conference call.
About Aimmune Therapeutics
Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing treatments for life-threatening food allergies. The company’s Characterized Oral Desensitization ImmunoTherapy (CODIT™) approach is intended to achieve meaningful levels of protection by desensitizing patients with defined, precise amounts of key allergens. Aimmune’s first investigational product using CODIT™, AR101 for the treatment of peanut allergy, has received the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the desensitization of peanut-allergic patients 4-17 years of age and is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 clinical trials in ages 4-55. AR101 is a characterized, regulated, oral biological drug product containing the protein profile found in peanuts. For more information, please see www.aimmune.com.
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