- First AAV gene therapy treatment for HoFH; interim trial update expected late 2017
ROCKVILLE, Md., March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- REGENXBIO Inc. (Nasdaq:RGNX), a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy based on its proprietary NAV® Technology Platform, today announced that the first patient in a Phase I/II clinical trial of REGENXBIO’s investigational gene therapy RGX-501 for the treatment of homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) has been dosed. RGX-501 uses the NAV AAV8 vector to deliver a functional copy of the human low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) gene to liver cells, which may enable liver cells to make the LDLR protein they need to process LDL cholesterol.
“REGENXBIO is pleased to announce that we have advanced into the clinic with the dosing of the first patient in one of our lead development programs. This significant milestone is a tribute to the hard work of teams at Penn and REGENXBIO to bring this potentially life-changing therapy to patients with HoFH,” said Kenneth T. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of REGENXBIO. “We look forward to continuing enrollment, and expect to report interim trial results by the end of 2017.”
“Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disorder that leads to aggressive premature cardiovascular disease. In those born with HoFH, heart attack or sudden death can occur as early as the teenage years,” said Katherine Wilemon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FH Foundation. “The treatment of a patient in REGENXBIO’s clinical trial represents an important step forward in advancing research to discover a potential new approach to treating this life-threatening disease.”
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About the Phase I/II Clinical Trial of RGX-501
The Phase I/II first-in-human clinical trial is an open-label, single-center study evaluating the safety and efficacy of RGX-501 in up to 12 patients with HoFH in the U.S. and Canada. The primary objective is to assess the safety of a single intravenous administration of RGX-501. The secondary endpoints are the percent of change from baseline of LDL cholesterol at 12 weeks and other lipid outcome measures. This is a dose-escalation study with patients receiving a single dose of 2.5 x 1012 (GC/kg) or 7.5 x 1012 (GC/kg).
RGX-501 is being developed as a novel, one-time intravenous treatment for HoFH. RGX-501 is designed to use the NAV AAV8 vector to deliver a functional copy of the LDLR gene to liver cells. This may enable liver cells to make the LDLR protein they need to process elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C). The liver is a preferred target for HoFH gene therapy as it is the most important organ for expressing LDLRs, and contributes to greater than 90 percent of the capture and breakdown of LDL-C. RGX-501 has received orphan drug product designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
About Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
HoFH occurs when people inherit an abnormal copy of the LDLR gene from each of their parents. Individuals with HoFH have very low levels of – or are completely missing – LDLR, resulting in high levels of LDL-C in the blood. High levels of LDL-C (or "bad" cholesterol) are associated with premature and aggressive buildup of plaque in arteries, life-threatening coronary artery disease and an increase in the risk of a heart attack or stroke. If untreated, individuals with HoFH can suffer serious cardiac events before the age of 30. Current treatments do not provide a cure and may not lower cholesterol to optimal levels.
About REGENXBIO Inc.
REGENXBIO is a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company seeking to improve lives through the curative potential of gene therapy. REGENXBIO’s NAV® Technology Platform, a proprietary adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene delivery platform, consists of exclusive rights to more than 100 novel AAV vectors, including AAV7, AAV8, AAV9 and AAVrh10. REGENXBIO and its third-party NAV Technology Platform Licensees are applying the NAV Technology Platform in the development of a broad pipeline of product candidates in multiple therapeutic areas.
Note Regarding Penn
The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has licensed certain Penn-owned AAV technologies to REGENXBIO, including rights related to RGX-501.
Forward Looking Statements
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