Scientific Co-Founder Dr. Ben Barres
BRISBANE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Annexon, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANNX), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of complement medicines for patients with classical complement-mediated autoimmune, neurodegenerative and ophthalmic disorders, announced safety and dose-response data from its Phase 1 clinical trial of ANX009, the company’s subcutaneously administered product candidate that is designed to block the activity of C1q and the entire classical complement pathway. In addition, Annexon reported preclinical data supporting the role of the complement pathway in warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (wAIHA). The data were presented during two poster sessions at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.
“We are pleased to present these data at ASH, which further support our approach of targeting C1q in order to fully block the downstream components of the complement pathway,” said Sanjay Keswani, MBBS, FRCP, executive vice president and chief medical officer of Annexon. “ANX009 was shown to be well-tolerated with complete and sustained C1q inhibition, supporting its continued clinical advancement. In addition, as we continue to progress our clinical program with ANX005 for the treatment of wAIHA, these in vitro analyses provide important insights into the role that complement activation plays in wAIHA and the potential to enrich for patients most likely to respond to anti-C1q therapy in our clinical studies.”
Poster Title: Safety, Tolerability, and Clinical Pharmacology of ANX009, an Inhibitory Antibody Fab Fragment Against C1q, Administered Subcutaneously to Healthy Volunteers (3166)
Data Summary: ANX009 is an antigen-binding fragment (Fab) that disrupts autoantibody complement activation through the inhibition of C1q. It is being developed as subcutaneously administered treatment for antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases of blood and vascular tissues. Data reported in the poster are from a single and multiple ascending dose Phase 1 trial of ANX009 in 48 healthy volunteers. Findings demonstrated that ANX009 was well-tolerated across all doses with no drug-related safety, dose-limiting toxicities, serious adverse events, or adverse events leading to discontinuations. Further, a dose-response was observed across dose cohorts with notable reductions in C1q in serum. Taken together, the findings support the clinical advancement of ANX009 in patients with complement-mediated autoimmune disorders.
Poster Title: Evidence of Classical Complement Pathway Involvement in a Subset of Patients with Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (2001)
Data Summary: Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a constellation of diseases caused by autoantibodies targeting red blood cells (RBCs) with or without complement activation, with the two main types being cold agglutinin disease (CAD) and wAIHA. To understand additional methods to suggest evidence of complement activation in AIHA patients, Annexon conducted a series of in vitro studies using patient blood samples. Findings from a modified in vitro complement deposition assay suggest that sera from CAD patients and a subset of wAIHA patients possess autoantibodies capable of triggering classical pathway C4 deposition on the surface of healthy human RBC. The company believes multiple factors may affect complement deposition in this assay and is assessing how these and other in vitro assay results may be translated to demonstrate classical complement pathway involvement in AIHA patients in vivo in an ongoing Phase 0 non-interventional trial. Annexon is also currently evaluating ANX005 in a Phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of wAIHA patients with evidence of classical complement activity.
Annexon (Nasdaq: ANNX) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of complement medicines for patients with classical complement-mediated autoimmune, neurodegenerative, and ophthalmic disorders of the body, brain, and eye. The company’s pipeline is based on its platform technology addressing a broad spectrum of well-researched classical complement-mediated autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases triggered by aberrant activation of C1q, the initiating molecule of the classical complement pathway. Annexon is advancing a portfolio of innovative product candidates designed to block the activity of C1q and the entire classical complement pathway: ANX005 (intravenous administration), ANX007 (intravitreal administration), and ANX009 (subcutaneous administration). Annexon is deploying a disciplined, biomarker-driven strategy designed to improve the probability of technical success of its portfolio. For more information, visit www.annexonbio.com.
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