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Affibody and Inmagene announce IND Clearance for Izokibep (ABY-035) for the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Partners eye additional applications in autoimmune diseases during 2021
San Diego, U.S., Shanghai, China, and Solna, Sweden, February 10, 2021. Affibody AB (“Affibody”) and Inmagene Biopharmaceuticals (“Inmagene”) today announced that the U.S. FDA has cleared izokibep (ABY-035) to proceed to Phase 2 clinical development in Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a subset of Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA). The partners are jointly developing izokibep to treat multiple autoimmune diseases, and Inmagene has taken the responsibility to manage the global clinical trials for axSpA.
“Obtaining FDA IND clearance is an important milestone for the izokibep program,” said Dr. Jean-Louis Saillot, Inmagene’s Chief Development Officer. “Working closely with our partner Affibody, the Inmagene team is excited to develop a potentially best-in-class treatment to improve the condition and life quality for AS patients.”
The study is a one-year double-blind controlled trial in approximately 300 patients with active Ankylosing Spondylitis. The trial will evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of three different dosage regimens of izokibep as compared to placebo.
“We believe that izokibep is well positioned to improve the life of patients with AS with its high potency and strong safety profile”, commented Fredrik Frejd, CSO of Affibody. “In addition, the IL-17 biology offers ample scope for further development and commercialization. We look forward to exploring the drug’s use to address multiple indications.”
Today’s announcement follows the 2020 initiation of a Phase 2 Psoriatic Arthritis study with izokibep (ABY-035). Inmagene and Affibody expect to file IND applications for izokibep in additional autoimmune diseases during the first part of 2021.
Affibody is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with a broad product pipeline focused on developing innovative bi- and multi-specific next generation biopharmaceuticals based on its unique proprietary technology platforms: Affibody® molecules and Albumod™.
The company operates a focused experimental medicine model and currently has two clinical stage programs. The first is izokibep that targets autoimmune diseases. The second program is a diagnostic imaging program that is directed primarily towards metastatic breast cancer.
Affibody AB is a holding of Patricia Industries.
Further information can be found at: www.affibody.com
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