CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AVROBIO, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVRO), a leading clinical-stage gene therapy company with a mission to free people from a lifetime of genetic disease, today announced new clinical data from its investigational programs for Fabry disease and cystinosis. The data will be presented today at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT) 23rd Annual Meeting.
“We’re excited to see continued strong results across our clinical programs for Fabry disease and cystinosis. The general consistency across our Phase 2 Fabry disease patients treated so far suggests that a one-time dose of our investigational gene therapy may enable patients to durably produce the functional enzyme they need to clear toxic substrates and metabolites. Additionally, six months post-treatment, the first patient in our investigator-sponsored Phase 1/2 trial for cystinosis continues to show positive trends for important measures of kidney function,” said Geoff MacKay, AVROBIO’s president and CEO. “We’re gratified to see platoTM continuing to perform, with the first patient treated using plato’s personalized conditioning regimen of busulfan with therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) reporting a significant reduction in plasma lyso-Gb3 one month post-treatment. At three months, this patient’s leukocyte and plasma enzyme activity were triple the levels seen at the same timepoint in the other Phase 2 patients, who were treated using our academic platform rather than plato.”
New interim data continue to support potential first-line use of AVR-RD-01 for Fabry disease
Four patients have been dosed in the Phase 2 trial (FAB-201) of AVR-RD-01, AVROBIO’s investigational lentiviral gene therapy for Fabry disease. The following new data will be presented today at ASGCT:
- The first patient continued to show increased leukocyte and plasma AGA enzyme activity, now up to 22 months post-treatment. These data suggest the patient is producing an endogenous supply of functional alpha-galactosidase (AGA) enzyme, which is essential to prevent the accumulation of a toxic metabolite, lyso-Gb3, in tissues including the heart and kidneys. A sustained decrease in plasma lyso-Gb3 and total Gb3 levels has previously been reported for this patient out to 18 months.
- The third patient had a sustained decrease in plasma lyso-Gb3 and total Gb3 levels nine months after dosing. This patient also had a stable vector copy number (VCN) out approximately one year post-treatment, suggesting successful engraftment.
- The fourth patient, who is also the first to be dosed with AVROBIO’s plato gene therapy platform, had a 43-percent reduction in the toxic metabolite plasma lyso-Gb3 at one month. At three months, he also had leukocyte enzyme and plasma enzyme activity levels approximately three times higher than the mean activity level of the first three patients in the same trial at the same timepoint.
While the presentation today will focus on data updates for its Phase 2 trial, the company also reports that all three Phase 1 patients who discontinued enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) after receiving AVR-RD-01 gene therapy, remain off ERT as of April 27, 2020.
As of the safety data cut-off date of Nov. 26, 2019, there have been no safety events attributed to AVR-RD-01 drug product in either the Phase 1 or Phase 2 trial. Through the safety data cut-off date, four serious adverse events (SAEs) have been reported in the FAB-201 trial and two SAEs in the Phase 1 trial. The fourth Phase 2 patient, who was dosed after the safety data cut-off date, has reported an SAE, which was not attributed to AVR-RD-01 and which subsequently resolved. Across both studies, each of the SAEs has been consistent with the conditioning regimen, stem cell mobilization, underlying disease or pre-existing conditions. Pre-existing low anti-AGA antibody titers have been detected in four patients in the Phase 1 trial and a transient low titer was observed but not detectable in subsequent measures in one patient in the Phase 2 trial.
AVROBIO continues to actively identify participants for the Phase 2 Fabry disease trial in Australia, Canada and the U.S. The FAB-201 trial is an ongoing open-label, single-arm Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of AVR-RD-01 in eight to 12 treatment-naïve Fabry disease patients.
New six-month data for cystinosis program indicate positive trends in key kidney function measures
New data will also be presented from the first patient dosed in the investigator-sponsored Phase 1/2 trial of AVR-RD-04 for cystinosis, a progressive disease marked by the accumulation of cystine in cellular organelles known as lysosomes. This buildup can cause debilitating symptoms including kidney failure, corneal damage and thyroid dysfunction, often leading to a shortened lifespan. Currently, more than 90 percent of treated cystinosis patients require a kidney transplant in the second or third decade of life. The current standard of care for cystinosis is cysteamine, a burdensome treatment regimen that can require dozens of pills per day and may not prevent overall progression of the disease.
Six months following administration of AVR-RD-04, the patient’s estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), which is a measure of kidney function, improved from 38 mL/mi/1.73m2 at baseline to 52 mL/mi/1.73m2. The patient’s serum creatinine, another measure of kidney function, also improved, falling from 2.2 mg/dL at baseline to 1.6 mg/dL at six months. The patient stopped cysteamine treatment before administration of AVR-RD-04 and remains off cysteamine.
As of the safety data cut-off date of Jan. 27, 2020, which was approximately three months following administration of the investigational gene therapy to the first patient in the AVR-RD-04 program, there have been no reports of safety events attributed to the investigational drug product. In addition, no SAEs have been reported as of the safety data cut-off date. Adverse events did not suggest any unexpected safety signals or trends.
The cystinosis data will be presented today at ASGCT by Stephanie Cherqui, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the principal investigator of the trial and an AVROBIO collaborator and consultant. The Phase 1/2 trial of AVR-RD-04 is funded by grants to UCSD from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Cystinosis Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The trial is actively identifying up to six participants.
About AVROBIO’s personalized gene therapy approach
Our investigational lentiviral gene therapies start with the patient’s own stem cells. We use a lentiviral vector to transduce those cells in order to insert a therapeutic gene designed to enable the patient to produce a functional supply of the protein they lack. These cells are then infused back into the patient, where they are expected to engraft in the bone marrow and produce generations of daughter cells, each containing a copy or copies of the therapeutic gene. To optimize engraftment, we use a personalized conditioning regimen of busulfan with therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) to clear space in the patient’s bone marrow. Our approach is designed to drive durable production of the functional protein throughout the patient’s body, thereby potentially addressing symptoms from “head to toe,” including those originating in the central nervous system.
About lentiviral gene therapy
Lentiviral vectors are differentiated from other delivery mechanisms because of their large cargo capacity and their ability to integrate the therapeutic gene directly into the patient’s chromosomes. This integration is designed to maintain the therapeutic gene’s presence as the patient’s cells divide, which potentially enables dosing of pediatric patients, whose cells divide rapidly as they grow. Because the therapeutic gene is integrated using the vector into patients’ stem cells ex vivo, patients are not excluded from receiving the investigational therapy due to pre-existing antibodies to the viral vector.
Our mission is to free people from a lifetime of genetic disease with a single dose of gene therapy. We aim to halt or reverse disease throughout the body by driving durable expression of functional protein, even in hard-to-reach tissues and organs including the brain, muscle and bone. Our clinical-stage programs include Fabry disease, Gaucher disease and cystinosis and we also are advancing a program in Pompe disease. AVROBIO is powered by the plato™ gene therapy platform, our foundation designed to scale gene therapy worldwide. We are headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., with an office in Toronto, Ontario. For additional information, visit avrobio.com, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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