NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rallybio Corporation (Nasdaq: RLYB) today announced publication of Phase 1 / 2 proof-of-concept results for RLYB211, a polyclonal anti-HPA-1a antibody derived from human plasma for the prevention of FNAIT. FNAIT is a rare and life-threatening bleeding disorder in which maternal alloantibodies directed against fetal platelets can lead to devastating outcomes for the fetus/neonate. There are currently no approved therapies for the prevention or treatment of FNAIT. The findings were published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, the official journal of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis.
Rallybio’s randomized, single-blind, placebo-controlled, study investigated the ability of a single dose of intravenous RLYB211 to eliminate HPA-1a-positive platelets transfused into HPA-1a-negative healthy subjects. The platelet transfusion in this study was selected based on the precedent of historical clinical trial designs to assess the efficacy of anti-D prophylaxis, in which the transfusion of antigen positive cells is designed to mimic a catastrophic fetal maternal hemorrhage. As has been shown with anti-D prophylactic agents, the ability of RLYB211 to drive the rapid and complete elimination of antigen positive cells is a surrogate indicator of its potential to prevent maternal alloimmunization, and therefore FNAIT. In Cohort 1, subjects received RLYB211 or placebo one hour after transfusion of HPA-1a positive platelets and in Cohort 1B subjects received RLYB211 or placebo followed by platelet transfusion one week later. Proof-of-concept was defined as ≥90% reduction in platelet elimination half-life compared to placebo.
The publication stated:
- RLYB211 accelerated the elimination of HPA-1a positive platelets versus placebo, with all subjects meeting proof-of-concept criteria for greater than 90% reduction in platelet elimination half-life compared to placebo.
- Rapid elimination of transfused platelets was evident 7 days after RLYB211 administration, simulating prophylactic administration of an anti-HPA-1a antibody prior to a fetal-maternal bleed.
RLYB211 was well tolerated and no serious adverse events were reported.
“We are pleased that these clinical results were published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, indicating that RLYB211 markedly accelerated the elimination of HPA-1a-positive platelets. We believe that these data demonstrate the prophylactic potential of anti-HPA-1a antibodies to prevent HPA-1a alloimmunization and occurrence of FNAIT,” said Róisín Armstrong, Ph.D., Rallybio’s FNAIT Program Lead. “Our FNAIT program continues to advance and as previously announced, we are pleased that an abstract reporting results from the Phase 1b proof-of-concept study for RLYB212, our monoclonal candidate, has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming 31st Congress of International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis in June.”
Dr. Christof Geisen, Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Immunohaematology, German Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service, and a key collaborator in the RLYB211 study, stated, “In addition to the rapid elimination of transfused platelets in all subjects, the effect of RLYB211 was also demonstrated when it was administered one week prior to platelet transfusion, suggesting a durable potential treatment effect for HPA-1a-specific antibodies and that FNAIT might safely be prevented by rapidly eliminating platelet antigen from maternal circulation before alloimmunization can occur.”
The RLYB211 Phase 1 / 2 results were published in the April issue (Volume 21, Issue 4, Pages 838-849) of the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtha.2022.11.041.
Given the advantages of small volume subcutaneous dosing of RLYB212 as compared to RLYB211 and the expected manufacturing and supply efficiencies for RLYB212, Rallybio announced in March 2023 that the Company will not continue development of RLYB211.
Fetal and Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a potentially life-threatening rare disease that can cause uncontrolled bleeding in fetuses and newborns. FNAIT can arise during pregnancy due to an immune incompatibility between an expectant mother and her fetus in a specific platelet antigen called human platelet antigen 1, or HPA-1. There are two predominant forms of HPA-1, known as HPA-1a and HPA-1b, which are expressed on the surface of platelets. Individuals who are homozygous for HPA-1b, meaning that they have two copies of the HPA-1b allele and no copies of the HPA-1a allele, are also known as HPA-1a negative. Upon exposure to the HPA-1a antigen, these individuals can develop antibodies to that antigen in a process known as alloimmunization. In expectant mothers, alloimmunization can occur upon mixing of fetal blood with maternal blood. When alloimmunization occurs in an expectant mother, the anti-HPA-1a antibodies that develop in the mother can cross the placenta and destroy platelets in the fetus. The destruction of platelets in the fetus can result in severely low platelet counts, or thrombocytopenia, and potentially lead to devastating consequences including miscarriage, stillbirth, death of the newborn, or severe lifelong neurological disability in those babies who survive. There is currently no approved therapy for the prevention or treatment of FNAIT.
Rallybio (NASDAQ: RLYB) is a clinical-stage biotechnology company with a mission to develop and commercialize life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and rare diseases. Rallybio has built a broad pipeline of promising product candidates aimed at addressing diseases with unmet medical need in areas of maternal fetal health, complement dysregulation, hematology, and metabolic disorders. The company has two clinical stage programs: RLYB212, an anti-HPA-1a antibody for the prevention of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) and RLYB116, a C5 complement inhibitor with the potential to treat several diseases of complement dysregulation, as well as additional programs in preclinical development.
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 and follow us on LinkedIn.
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