Conference call to update bardoxolone renal program today at 8:30am ET
IRVING, Texas, Nov. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:RETA) (Reata or Company), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today provided an update on the data presented on bardoxolone methyl (bardoxolone) at the 2017 American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week meeting. On November 3rd, as previously announced, Reata presented positive Phase 2 data for the CARDINAL study of bardoxolone in patients with Alport syndrome. The Phase 2 study met its primary efficacy endpoint with bardoxolone significantly increasing estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) after 12 weeks of treatment (p<0.000000001). The Phase 3 portion of the study is currently underway, and data are expected in the second half of 2019.
On November 4th, Reata’s partner, Kyowa Hakko Kirin (KHK), presented results of the TSUBAKI study at the conference. In TSUBAKI, bardoxolone demonstrated statistically significant and clinically meaningful increases in directly-measured glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in patients with type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) using the “gold standard” inulin clearance method. The observed increase in GFR demonstrates that historical increases in eGFR produced by bardoxolone in various forms of CKD, including Alport syndrome, reflect a true increase in kidney function. Bardoxolone demonstrated a favorable safety profile with no effect on blood pressure, urinary volume or sodium retention, and no evidence of overt fluid overload or cardiac toxicity.
Based upon these results, Reata has activated sites in the PHOENIX Phase 2 program to study bardoxolone in patients with other rare forms of CKD, including autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, IgA nephropathy, CKD associated with type 1 diabetes, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. Similar to the Phase 2 portion of CARDINAL, PHOENIX is an open-label trial of bardoxolone orally-administered once-daily for 12 weeks. The primary efficacy endpoint is change from baseline in the eGFR at week 12. Approximately 20 to 30 patients will be enrolled per cohort. The Company anticipates that data from the individual cohorts of PHOENIX will be released throughout the second half of 2018 and 2019.
“Since bardoxolone entered clinical development for CKD, we have been actively characterizing its novel clinical profile,” said Colin Meyer, Chief Medical Officer of Reata. “Extensive clinical and preclinical development and insights from prior clinical studies have allowed us to rapidly generate Phase 2 data in Alport syndrome and initiate a registrational trial in that indication. We believe that bardoxolone may impact a diverse set of kidney indications where inflammation, remodeling, and fibrosis are also central to the loss of kidney function, and we are optimistic that bardoxolone can be a meaningful treatment option for patients with these severe and underserved forms of CKD.”
Reata management will host a call to review the Phase 2 results of TSUBAKI and CARDINAL, and to discuss the PHOENIX program today at 8:30 a.m. ET.
|CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION|
|Date:||Monday, November 6, 2017|
|Audience Dial-in (toll-free):||(844) 348-3946|
|Audience Dial-in (international):||(213) 358-0892|
About Alport Syndrome
Alport syndrome is a rare, genetic form of CKD caused by mutations in the genes encoding type IV collagen, which is a major structural component of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in the kidney. The abnormal expression of type IV collagen causes loss of GBM integrity, abnormal leakage of proteins through the GBM, and excessive reabsorption of protein in the proximal tubules of the kidney. Like other forms of CKD, excessive reabsorption of protein in the tubules induces oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, and renal interstitial inflammation and fibrosis.
Alport syndrome affects approximately 12,000 people in the United States and approximately 40,000 people globally. Almost all patients with Alport syndrome develop end-stage renal disease, and approximately 50% of male patients require dialysis or a kidney transplant by the age of 25. There are currently no approved therapies to treat Alport syndrome.
Bardoxolone 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 for the treatment of Alport syndrome. Bardoxolone is also currently being studied in 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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