NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rallybio Corporation (Nasdaq: RLYB), a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare diseases, today provided an update on recent accomplishments and announced expected upcoming milestones. The Company will present these updates at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:15 a.m. ET.
“Our mission is to build Rallybio into a leading biotechnology company, with a broad and sustainable pipeline of product candidates that can transform the lives of people with severe and rare disorders and shatter expectations of what’s possible,” said Martin Mackay, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Rallybio. “In 2021, we made meaningful progress against this goal. We announced initial data that reinforced the potential of our preventative approach to FNAIT and advanced our broader portfolio, including the C5 and ENPP1 inhibitor programs, toward the clinic.”
Dr. Mackay continued, “As we enter the new year, we are poised to build on this momentum. We recently began enrolling subjects in our Phase 1 study of RLYB212, our lead product candidate for the prevention of FNAIT, and expect to initiate a Phase 1 study of RLYB116, our C5 inhibitor for the treatment of patients with PNH and gMG, in the first quarter, with initial data from both studies expected in 2022. In parallel, we continue to seek transformative science around the globe and we look forward to further expanding our portfolio with new assets and partners that have the potential to deliver dramatically improved outcomes for patients.”
Recent Portfolio Milestones and Expected Upcoming Milestones:
Maternal Fetal Blood Disorders
Rallybio today announced that the first subjects have been dosed in its Phase 1 study of RLYB212, a novel human monoclonal anti-HPA-1a antibody in development for the prevention of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). The single-blind, placebo-controlled Phase 1 study is designed to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics (PK) of single and repeat subcutaneous doses of RLYB212 in HPA-1a negative healthy volunteers. A subsequent Phase 1b proof-of-concept study, expected to initiate in the second quarter of 2022, is designed to establish the ability of RLYB212 to rapidly eliminate transfused HPA-1a positive platelets from the circulation of HPA-1a negative healthy male volunteers. Potential proof-of-concept data from the Phase 1b study are expected in the third quarter of 2022.
Rallybio expects to initiate a Phase 1 study of RLYB116 in the first quarter of 2022. RLYB116 is a novel, potentially long-acting, subcutaneously administered inhibitor of complement factor 5, or C5, in development for the treatment of patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and generalized Myasthenia Gravis (gMG). Single dose safety, PK and pharmacodynamic data from this Phase 1 study are expected in the second half of 2022.
Together with its partner Exscientia, Rallybio has created and is advancing a set of potentially best-in-class development candidates targeting ENPP1 for the treatment of hypophosphatasia (HPP). The companies have completed the drug design phase and are working to select a development candidate to advance into the clinic, with investigational new drug (IND)-enabling studies expected to commence in the second half of 2022.
Presentation at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Rallybio will webcast its presentation at the 40th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 11:15 a.m. ET. A live webcast of the presentation and subsequent question and answer session will be accessible through the Events and Presentations section of Rallybio’s website. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days following the presentation.
Rallybio is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to identifying and accelerating the development of life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare diseases. Since its launch in January 2018, Rallybio has built a portfolio of promising product candidates, which are now in development to address rare diseases in the areas of hematology, immuno-inflammation, maternal fetal health, and metabolic disorders. The Company’s mission is being advanced by a team of highly experienced biopharma industry leaders with extensive research, development, and rare disease expertise. Rallybio is headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, with an additional facility at the University of Connecticut’s Technology Incubation Program in Farmington, Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.rallybio.com.
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