SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (the “Company”, “Arcturus”, Nasdaq: ARCT), a leading clinical-stage messenger RNA medicines company focused on the development of infectious disease vaccines and significant opportunities within liver and respiratory rare diseases, today announced new data and updates from clinical development programs for ARCT-154 and ARCT-165, its investigational, next-generation, self-amplifying mRNA vaccine candidates targeting variants of concern.
ARCT-154 and ARCT-165 are being studied in a Phase 1/2 trial, sponsored by Arcturus, in U.S. and Singapore. The study is evaluating Arcturus’ COVID vaccine candidates as both a primary vaccination series and as a booster following initial vaccination with Comirnaty®. ARCT-154 is also currently being studied in an ongoing pivotal trial in Vietnam, sponsored and funded by Arcturus’ collaborator Vinbiotech.
Preliminary immunogenicity results from the first eight of 12 participants administered ARCT-154 and the first nine of 12 administered ARCT-165 as a booster following initial vaccination with Comirnaty® in the ongoing Phase 1/2 study demonstrates an encouraging increase in neutralizing antibody titers following booster vaccination, as measured by a validated pseudovirus (D614G variant) microneutralization (MNT) assay as well as in an exploratory surrogate virus neutralization assay (sVNT) assessing responses to multiple variants of concern and variants of interest, including the alpha, beta, gamma and delta strains.
“The booster data showing a rise in neutralizing antibody levels and potentially broad coverage across variants, while preliminary, is encouraging and provides support for the continued development of our next-generation self-amplifying mRNA vaccine candidates as differentiated, low-dose vaccines that may be effective boosters for continued prevention of infections caused by variants of concern,” said Joseph Payne, President and CEO of Arcturus Therapeutics. “We await the data from the pivotal Phase 1/2/3 study of ARCT-154 and anticipate commencing the submission of regulatory documents to the Ministry of Health in Vietnam this month, with completion of Emergency Use Authorization application in the first quarter of 2022, assuming positive data.”
In the ARCT-154 and ARCT-165 arms of the booster cohort of the ongoing Phase 1/2 study being conducted in the U.S. and Singapore, 24 participants divided into two equal groups of 12 received 5 micrograms of ARCT-154 or ARCT-165 following primary vaccination with Comirnaty® at least 5 months earlier. All participants in the booster trial were below 65 years of age at the time of receiving the booster dose. Figures 1 and 2 show the Day 15 and Day 29 post-boost results from pseudovirus microneutralization (MNT) and surrogate virus neutralization (sVNT) assays, respectively, performed with sera from the first eight participants in the ARCT-154 group, and from the first nine participants in the ARCT-165 group. The company anticipates updating the results as subsequent data become available in the coming weeks.
Arcturus and Vinbiotech anticipate commencing the submission of regulatory documents to the Vietnam Ministry of Health (MoH) this month for emergency use authorization (EUA) application for ARCT-154. Contingent upon additional requirements of the MoH, the submission is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.
Arcturus also plans to evaluate sera from ARCT-154 and ARCT-165 vaccinated participants for activity against the SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant and expects to obtain preliminary data in the first quarter of 2022.
About Arcturus Therapeutics
Founded in 2013 and based in San Diego, California, Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCT) is a clinical-stage mRNA medicines and vaccines company with enabling technologies: (i) LUNAR® lipid-mediated delivery, (ii) STARR™ mRNA Technology and (iii) mRNA drug substance along with drug product manufacturing expertise. Arcturus’ diverse pipeline of RNA therapeutic and vaccine candidates includes mRNA vaccine programs for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and influenza, and other programs to potentially treat ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, and cystic fibrosis along with partnered programs including glycogen storage disease type III (GSD III), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Arcturus’ versatile RNA therapeutics platforms can be applied toward multiple types of nucleic acid medicines including messenger RNA, small interfering RNA, replicon RNA, antisense RNA, microRNA, DNA, and gene editing therapeutics. Arcturus’ technologies are covered by its extensive patent portfolio (with patents and patent applications issued in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and other countries). Arcturus’ commitment to the development of novel RNA therapeutics has led to collaborations with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, CureVac AG, Duke-NUS Medical School, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information visit www.ArcturusRx.com. In addition, please connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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