Aurinia Pharmaceuticals today announced that in addition to voclosporin (23.7 mg BID) achieving its primary endpoint of Complete Remission (CR) at 24 weeks, both doses of voclosporin when added to the current standard of care of Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF) and a forced oral corticosteroid taper have met all 24-week pre-specified secondary endpoints vs the control group.
Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AUPH) (TSX:AUP) (“Aurinia” or the“Company”) a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the global immunology market, today announced that in addition to
voclosporin (23.7 mg BID) achieving its primary endpoint of Complete Remission (CR) at 24 weeks, both doses of voclosporin when added to the current standard of care of Mycophenolate Mofetil (MMF) and a forced oral corticosteroid taper have met all 24-week pre-specified secondary endpoints vs the control group.
These pre-specified endpoints include: Partial Remission (PR), which is measured by a ≥50% reduction in UPCR with no concomitant use of rescue medication; time to CR and PR; reduction in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Disease Activity Index or SLEDAI score; and reduction in UPCR over the 24-week treatment period.
|Pre-specified Secondary Endpoint||Control||Low Dose VCS
|High Dose VCS
|Time to Complete Remission (TTCR) [median]||Not achieved||19.7 weeks||23.4 weeks|
|Partial Remission (as measured by UPCR reduction of ≥ 50%
|Time to Partial Remission (TTPR) [median]||6.6 weeks||4.1 weeks||4.4 weeks|
|Reduction in UPCR||-2.216 mg/mg||-3.769 mg/mg||-2.792 mg/mg|
All p-values are vs control
The AURA-LV study remains ongoing to its 48-week endpoint upon which
similar and additional secondary analysis will be analysed and presented
early next year.
“We are thrilled by the results of the AURA study and voclosporin’s
potential to shift the treatment paradigm for active lupus nephritis,”
said Charles Rowland, CEO of Aurinia. “The ability to get more patients
into remission and in a shorter period time than the current standard of
care can have a significant impact on the long-term outcomes for these
“LN is a serious and devastating disease that can severely impact a
patient’s life,” said William Pendergraft, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, at the
University of North Carolina and a Principal Investigator in the study.
“Voclosporin has demonstrated it can nearly double the number of
patients that achieve Complete Remission in the presence of very low
corticosteroid exposure. Based on these data, I believe this drug has
the potential to significantly improve the long-term prognosis of my
patients afflicted with LN and could become an integral component of the
standard of care.”
The Company will present the full efficacy (including pre-specified and
ad hoc sub-analyses) and comprehensive safety data during a webcast
presentation to be held at 8:00am ET. A link to the live webcast and
slides will be available on the Investors section of the Company’s
website at http://www.auriniapharma.com.
The AURA–LV study or “Aurinia Urine
Protein Reduction in Active Lupus Nephritis Study” compared the efficacy
of voclosporin added to current standard of care of mycophenolate
mofetil (MMF, also known as CellCept®) against standard of care with
placebo in achieving complete remission (CR) in patients with active LN.
Both arms also received low doses of corticosteroids as background
therapy. It enrolled 265 patients at centers in over 20 countries
worldwide. On entry to the study, patients were required to have a
diagnosis of LN according to established diagnostic criteria (American
College of Rheumatology) and clinical and biopsy features indicative of
highly active nephritis.
Voclosporin, an investigational
drug, is a novel and potentially best-in-class calcineurin inhibitor
(“CNI”) with clinical data in over 2,000 patients in other indications.
Voclosporin is an immunosuppressant, with a synergistic and dual
mechanism of action that has the potential to improve near- and
long-term outcomes in LN when added to standard of care (MMF). By
inhibiting calcineurin, voclosporin blocks IL-2 expression and T-cell
mediated immune responses. It is made by a modification of a single
amino acid of the cyclosporine molecule which has shown a more
predictable pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic relationship, an
increase in potency, an altered metabolic profile, and potential for
flat dosing. The Company anticipates that upon regulatory approval,
patent protection for voclosporin will be extended in the United States
and certain other major markets, including Europe and Japan, until at
least October 2027 under the Hatch-Waxman Act and comparable laws in
About Lupus Nephritis (LN)
Lupus Nephritis (LN) in an
inflammation of the kidney caused by Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
and represents a serious progression of SLE. SLE is a chronic, complex
and often disabling disorder and affects more than 500,000 people in the
United States (mostly women). The disease is highly heterogeneous,
affecting a wide range of organs & tissue systems. It is estimated that
as many as 60% of all SLE patients have clinical LN requiring treatment.
Unlike SLE, LN has straightforward disease outcomes where an early
response correlates with long-term outcomes, measured by proteinuria. In
patients with LN, renal damage results in proteinuria and/or hematuria
and a decrease in renal function as evidenced by reduced estimated
glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), and increased serum creatinine
levels. LN is debilitating and costly and if poorly controlled, LN can
lead to permanent and irreversible tissue damage within the kidney,
resulting in end-stage renal disease (ESRD), thus making LN a serious
and potentially life-threatening condition.
Aurinia is a clinical stage
biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing
therapies to treat targeted patient populations that are suffering from
serious diseases with a high unmet medical need. The company is
currently developing voclosporin, an investigational drug, for the
treatment of lupus nephritis (LN). The company is headquartered in
Victoria, BC and focuses its development efforts globally. www.auriniapharma.com
Forward Looking Statements
This press release
contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to
Aurinia’s regulatory strategy (including plans to meet with the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration to discuss these data and the voclosporin’s
subsequent clinical development and path to registration in LN),
Aurinia’s analysis, assessment and conclusions of the results of the
AURA-LV clinical study, and the efficacy and commercial potential of
voclosporin. It is possible that such results or conclusions may change
based on further analyses of these data. Words such as “plans,”
“intends,” “may,” “will,” “believe,” and similar expressions are
intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking
statements are based upon Aurinia’s current expectations.
Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Aurinia’s
actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from
those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of
these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, the
risk that Aurinia’s analyses, assessment and conclusions of the results
of the AURA-LV clinical study set forth in this release may change based
on further analyses of such data, and the risk that Aurinia’s clinical
studies for voclosporin may not lead to regulatory approval. These and
other risk factors are discussed under “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in
Aurinia’s Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2015
filed with Canadian securities authorities and available at www.sedar.com
and on Form 40-F with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and
available at www.sec.gov,
each as updated by subsequent filings, including filings on Form 6-K.
Aurinia expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release
publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements
contained herein to reflect any change in Aurinia’s expectations with
regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on
which any such statements are based.