– Mavrilimumab reduced time–to–flare and increased sustained remission in Phase 2 giant cell arteritis clinical trial –
– Primary and secondary efficacy endpoints achieved statistical significance –
– Results were consistent across new onset and relapsing/refractory cohorts –
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (Nasdaq: KNSA) (“Kiniksa”), a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of assets designed to modulate immunological pathways across a spectrum of diseases, today announced that new data from the global Phase 2 clinical trial of mavrilimumab in giant cell arteritis (GCA) will be presented at the late-breaking abstracts session during the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Convergence 2020. Mavrilimumab is an investigational fully-human monoclonal antibody that targets granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor receptor alpha (GM-CSFRα). Both the primary and secondary efficacy endpoints achieved statistical significance, and there was a consistent trend of efficacy across the new onset and relapsing/refractory cohorts.
“There is a significant unmet need for safe and effective giant cell arteritis therapies. We believe mavrilimumab, with its upstream inhibition of two immune pathways implicated in giant cell arteritis, has the potential to provide differentiation from current standard of care therapies by addressing the underlying pathophysiology of the disease,” said John F. Paolini, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of Kiniksa. “In the Phase 2 giant cell arteritis trial, mavrilimumab was superior to placebo on the primary and secondary efficacy endpoints of time-to-flare and sustained remission at Week 26. These data further underscore the potential for mavrilimumab to offer a differentiated treatment option for patients with both relapsing/refractory disease as well as new onset disease.”
Dr. Maria Cid1, a co-principal investigator for the global Phase 2 trial, will deliver a virtual presentation entitled Mavrilimumab (anti GM-CSF receptor α monoclonal antibody) Reduces Time to Flare and Increases Sustained Remission in a Phase 2 Trial of Patients with Giant Cell Arteritis at the late-breaking abstracts session (L06 – L11) on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Dr. Sebastian Unizony2 is a co-principal investigator.
The Phase 2 trial randomized 70 patients 3:2 to mavrilimumab 150 mg (N=42) or placebo (N=28) biweekly injected subcutaneously, co-administered with a protocol-defined 26-week oral corticosteroid taper. Patients were stratified by new onset (n=35) or relapsing/refractory (n=35) disease.
The primary efficacy endpoint of time-to-first adjudicated GCA flare by Week 26 in all treated patients was statistically significant (Hazard Ratio = 0.38, p=0.0263).
- Median time-to-flare by Week 26 could not be estimated in mavrilimumab recipients due to the low number of flares in the mavrilimumab treatment arm. The median time-to-flare for placebo recipients was 25.1 weeks.
- There was a 62% lower risk of flare in mavrilimumab recipients compared to placebo recipients.
The secondary efficacy endpoint of sustained remission at Week 26 in all treated patients was also statistically significant.
- The sustained remission rate at Week 26 was 33.3 percentage points higher in mavrilimumab recipients (83.2%) compared to placebo recipients (49.9%) (p=0.0038).
While the study was not powered for disease cohorts, there was a consistent trend of efficacy across the new onset and relapsing/refractory cohorts.
New Onset Cohort
- There was a 71% lower risk of flare in mavrilimumab recipients compared to placebo recipients (Hazard Ratio = 0.29, p=0.0873).
- The sustained remission rate at Week 26 was 28.9 percentage points higher in mavrilimumab recipients (91.3%) compared to placebo recipients (62.3%) (p=0.0727).
- There was a 57% lower risk of flare in mavrilimumab recipients compared to placebo recipients (Hazard Ratio = 0.43, p=0.1231).
- The sustained remission rate at Week 26 was 30.6 percentage points higher in mavrilimumab recipients (72.2%) compared to placebo recipients (41.7%) (p=0.0668).
Mavrilimumab was well-tolerated; there were no drug-related serious adverse events, and the rates of drug-related treatment-emergent adverse events between mavrilimumab recipients and placebo recipients were similar.
The 12-week washout safety follow-up period is ongoing, and additional analyses of this Phase 2 trial are planned. Next steps for the development program in GCA will be further informed by anticipated discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The abstract is available through the ACR website.
Table 1 as submitted to ACR by the authors for publication and as referenced in the abstract follows below. The table was inadvertently omitted during the online posting of the abstract.
Table 1: Efficacy at Week 26.
|Time to Flare by Week 26 and Sustained Remission at Week 26 – Total mITT Population|
|Mavrilimumab 150 mg
|Number of Subjects with Flare, n (%)||8 (19.0)||13 (46.4)|
|Primary Efficacy Endpoint: Time to Flare (weeks) by Week 26 |
|Median, 95% CI||NE (NE, NE)||25.1 (16.0, NE)|
|Hazard Ratio (Mavrilimumab vs Placebo), 95% CI ||0.38 (0.15, 0.92)|
|Secondary Efficacy Endpoint: Sustained Remission at Week 26 (%), 95% CI ||83.2 (67.9, 91.6)||49.9 (29.6, 67.3)|
|Difference in Proportions (95% CI) ||33.3 (10.7, 55.8)|
|Time to Flare by Week 26 and Sustained Remission at Week 26 by Randomization Strata|
|Mavrilimumab 150 mg
|Mavrilimumab 150 mg
|Number of Subjects with Flare, n (%)||3 (12.5)||4 (36.4)||5 (27.8)||9 (52.9)|
|Primary Endpoint: Time to Flare (weeks) by Week 26 |
|Median, 95% CI||NE (NE, NE)||NE (11.7, NE)||NE (16.4, NE)||22.6 (16.0, NE)|
|Hazard Ratio (Mavrilimumab vs Placebo), 95% CI ||0.29 (0.06, 1.31)||0.43 (0.14, 1.30)|
|P-value  ||0.0873||0.1231|
|Secondary Endpoint: Sustained Remission at Week 26 (%) , 95% CI ||91.3 (69.3, 97.7)||62.3 (27.7, 84.0)||72.2 (45.6, 87.4)||41.7 (17.4, 64.5)|
|Difference in Proportions (95% CI) ||28.9 (-2.7, 60.5)||30.6 (-2.1, 63.2)|
|NE = Not estimable.
 Kaplan-Meier method used to estimate the survival functions for each treatment arm.
 Calculated based on a Cox proportional-hazards model with treatment as covariate and stratified by randomization strata.
 Comparison of KPL-301 and placebo with respect to time to flare calculated by using a log-rank test and stratified by randomization strata.
 Kaplan-Meier Survival Estimates with standard error and 95% CI for each arm.
 Two-sided p-value and 95% CI for the difference in sustained remission between two arms using normal approximation. Placebo arm is the reference.
 Calculated based on a Cox proportional-hazards model with treatment as covariate.
 Comparison of KPL-301 and placebo with respect to time to flare calculated by using a log-rank test.
 Subgroup analyses were not powered for significance; nominal p values reported.
The FDA recently granted Orphan Drug designation to mavrilimumab for the treatment of GCA.
Kiniksa intends to make the presentation available through the Science section of its website after the ACR embargo lifts.
Kiniksa is also evaluating mavrilimumab in severe COVID-19 pneumonia and hyperinflammation and is enrolling the Phase 2 portion of a global, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled adaptive design Phase 2/3 clinical trial. Additionally, the company expects to announce data from a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled investigator-initiated study in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2020.
1 Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS); 2 Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
About the Global Phase 2 Clinical Trial of Mavrilimumab in GCA
The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, global Phase 2 clinical trial of mavrilimumab in GCA consists of a 6-week screening period, a 26-week double-blind placebo-controlled treatment period, and a 12-week washout safety follow-up period. Patients age 50 to 85 years with active GCA, confirmed by temporal artery biopsy and/or imaging, with erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) ≥ 30 mm/hour or C-reactive protein (CRP) ≥ 1 mg/dL, and symptoms of GCA within 6 weeks from randomization, were included. All patients were required to have achieved corticosteroid-induced remission (resolution of symptoms, ESR < 20 mm/hour, CRP < 1 mg/dL) prior to randomization.
About Giant Cell Arteritis
Giant cell arteritis is a rare chronic inflammatory disease of medium-to-large arteries. Cranial giant cell arteritis typically presents with headache and jaw claudication as well as constitutional symptoms of fever and fatigue. Acute events can include permanent vision loss from diminished blood flow to the eye. The large vessel form of giant cell arteritis affects the branches of the aorta supplying the trunk and limbs. There is currently one FDA-approved treatment for giant cell arteritis as an adjunct to a corticosteroid taper.
Mavrilimumab is an investigational fully-human monoclonal antibody that targets GM-CSFRα. Mavrilimumab was dosed in over 550 patients with rheumatoid arthritis through Phase 2b clinical studies in Europe and achieved prospectively-defined primary endpoints of efficacy and safety. Kiniksa’s lead indication for mavrilimumab is GCA, a rare inflammatory disease of medium-to-large arteries. Kiniksa is also evaluating mavrilimumab in COVID-19 pneumonia and hyperinflammation. The FDA granted Orphan Drug designation to mavrilimumab for GCA in 2020.
Kiniksa is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutic medicines for patients suffering from debilitating diseases with significant unmet medical need. Kiniksa’s product candidates, rilonacept, mavrilimumab, vixarelimab and KPL-404, are based on strong biologic rationale or validated mechanisms, target underserved conditions and offer the potential for differentiation. These pipeline assets are designed to modulate immunological pathways across a spectrum of diseases. For more information, please visit www.kiniksa.com.
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