IRVING, Texas, Jan. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:RETA) (“Reata” or “the Company”), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced the digital publication of an original research article, “Bardoxolone Methyl Improves Kidney Function in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4 and Type 2 Diabetes – Post-hoc Analyses from BEACON,” in the American Journal of Nephrology. The publication complements previously published safety analyses and reports efficacy analyses that characterize bardoxolone’s longer-term effects on kidney function. Key highlights of the paper demonstrate that:
- For patients treated at least 48 weeks, increases in eGFR from baseline and placebo were sustained 4 weeks after cessation of treatment
- Early improvements in eGFR with bardoxolone methyl correlate with durable increases through one year of treatment and sustained eGFR increases after cessation of treatment
- Patients randomized to bardoxolone methyl were significantly less likely to experience a newly validated composite renal endpoint consisting of confirmed ≥30% decline from baseline in eGFR, confirmed eGFR <15 mL/min/1.73 m2, and end-stage renal disease events (hazard ratio 0.48 [95% CI 0.36 to 0.64]; p<0.0001), suggesting that bardoxolone preserves kidney function and may delay the onset of kidney failure in patients with type 2 diabetes and stage 4 chronic kidney disease
“Though BEACON was discontinued early, it was not a failed study, as it yielded critical insights into bardoxolone methyl’s clinical profile,” said Glenn Chertow, M.D., MPH, Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Nephrology at Stanford University School of Medicine. “In this post-hoc analysis, we employed an expanded renal composite endpoint and showed that bardoxolone methyl reduced (by half) the likelihood of developing an adverse renal event. If the associated risks of heart failure due to fluid overload can be mitigated, bardoxolone methyl could prove to be an extremely valuable treatment for diabetic kidney disease.”
“We believe the pharmacology of bardoxolone may be broadly relevant to many forms of kidney disease, not just diabetic CKD,” said Colin Meyer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Reata. “This publication helps provide additional context and rationale for our expanding kidney clinical programs, including our ongoing Phase 3 trial in Alport syndrome and Phase 2 trials in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, IgA nephropathy, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and type 1 diabetic CKD.”
The article can be found online at the following link: https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/486398.
About Bardoxolone Methyl
Bardoxolone methyl is an experimental, oral, once-daily activator of Nrf2, a transcription factor that induces molecular pathways that promote the resolution of inflammation by restoring mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, and inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling. The FDA has granted orphan designation to bardoxolone methyl for the treatment of Alport syndrome and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Bardoxolone methyl is currently being studied in CARDINAL, a Phase 3 study for the treatment of Alport syndrome, PHOENIX, a Phase 2 study for the treatment of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, IgA nephropathy, CKD associated with type 1 diabetes, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and CATALYST, a Phase 3 study for the treatment of connective tissue disease associated pulmonary arterial hypertension.
About Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Reata is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops novel therapeutics for patients with serious or life-threatening diseases by targeting molecular pathways involved in the regulation of cellular metabolism and inflammation. Reata’s two most advanced clinical candidates, bardoxolone methyl and omaveloxolone, target the important transcription factor Nrf2 that promotes the resolution of inflammation by restoring mitochondrial function, reducing oxidative stress, and inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling.
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