- Study met all efficacy endpoints with statistical significance for patients on 1 mg dose after 32 weeks of treatment -
- Safety data are consistent with the favorable profile observed in prior clinical trials -
- Receptos plans to accelerate initiation of Phase 3 program in ulcerative colitis and Phase 2 program in Crohn's disease -
SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Receptos, Inc. (Nasdaq:RCPT) today announced that the maintenance period of TOUCHSTONE, the Phase 2 trial of ozanimod (formerly RPC1063) in ulcerative colitis (UC), met all efficacy endpoints with statistical significance in patients on the 1 mg dose of ozanimod after 32 weeks of treatment. The overall safety and tolerability profile of ozanimod was consistent with the results of TOUCHSTONE's induction period and those observed in the RADIANCE Phase 2 trial in relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS), and continues to support the potential for orally administered ozanimod to significantly improve the treatment paradigm for UC patients.
This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial assessed the efficacy, safety and tolerability of two orally administered doses (0.5 mg and 1 mg) of ozanimod versus placebo in 199 patients with moderately-to-severely active UC across 57 sites in 13 countries. For the induction period, the trial met its primary efficacy and all secondary endpoints with statistical significance for patients on the 1 mg dose after 8 weeks of treatment. In the maintenance portion of the trial, 103 patients who had achieved clinical response at week 8 continued with treatment for an additional 24 weeks. The proportion of patients in clinical remission at week 32 as defined by the industry standard Mayo scoring criteria was statistically significant in favor of both the 1 mg group and the 0.5 mg group (p < 0.05) compared to placebo.
All secondary endpoints at week 32, including clinical response, change in the Mayo score and mucosal improvement on endoscopy were also positive and statistically significant for the 1 mg dose. The detailed results of the maintenance period portion of the TOUCHSTONE trial are expected to be presented at a major scientific meeting in the coming months.
Ozanimod was generally well tolerated, and the incidence of adverse events across the active treatment groups and placebo appeared to be similar. Most adverse events were either mild or moderate in nature, and there appeared to be no concerning signals in the adverse events of special interest, including the cardiac and hepatic safety profiles. Rates of liver transaminase elevations observed in patients receiving ozanimod were low and consistent with the earlier Phase 2 trial in RMS.
"The robust results observed in the maintenance portion of this trial support the longer term efficacy of ozanimod," said Dr. William Sandborn, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Director, University of California San Diego Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. "Ozanimod appears to show effectiveness in both inducing and maintaining clinical remission and response in patients with ulcerative colitis, with a favorable overall safety profile."
Receptos plans to initiate a Phase 3 program in 2015 in patients with moderately-to-severely active UC to confirm these findings. In addition, these results continue to suggest the potential for ozanimod to be used in the treatment of Crohn's disease, a related inflammatory bowel disease. Receptos plans to initiate a Phase 2 study of ozanimod for the treatment of Crohn's disease in 2015.
"The positive results of the maintenance period of the TOUCHSTONE study exceeded our expectations with respect to the potential for long term clinical benefit of ozanimod in ulcerative colitis," said Faheem Hasnain, President and Chief Executive Officer of Receptos. "The consistency of the efficacy data across the various endpoints for the high dose, combined with the favorable safety profile, gives us continued confidence to advance the development of ozanimod in inflammatory bowel disease. Having completed our end-of-phase 2 meeting with the FDA and Scientific Advice meetings with the Competent Authorities in Europe, we believe that we now have regulatory alignment and are prepared to accelerate the initiation of the Phase 3 program in ulcerative colitis."
Receptos is a biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutic candidates for the treatment of immune and metabolic diseases. The Company's lead program, ozanimod, is a sphingosine 1-phosphate 1 and 5 receptor small molecule modulator in development for immunology indications including RMS and IBD. Patents supporting ozanimod were exclusively licensed to Receptos from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). The Company is also developing RPC4046, an anti-interleukin-13 (IL-13) antibody for eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), an allergic/immune-mediated orphan disease.
Ozanimod (formerly RPC1063) is a novel, oral, once daily, selective sphingosine 1-phosphate 1 and 5 receptor modulator in development for immunology indications including relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) and ulcerative colitis (UC). In a Phase 2 trial in patients with RMS, ozanimod achieved the primary endpoint of reduction in MRI brain lesion activity as well as secondary endpoints measuring effects on other MRI parameters. The overall safety profile of ozanimod was consistent with the results of prior trials and continues to demonstrate differentiation against other oral agents for treatment of RMS. Receptos is now conducting a Phase 3 clinical development program comprised of two trials: RADIANCE and SUNBEAM, both of which are randomized, double-blind studies designed to compare 0.5 mg and 1.0 mg of ozanimod against interferon beta-1a (Avonex®) in patients with RMS.
Ozanimod is also being studied in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The TOUCHSTONE Phase 2 trial of ozanimod in UC met its primary endpoint and all secondary endpoints with statistical significance in patients on the 1.0 mg dose of ozanimod in both the 8-week induction and the 32-week maintenance periods. The overall safety and tolerability profile of ozanimod was consistent with the results of the RADIANCE Phase 2 trial in RMS, and continues to support the potential for orally administered ozanimod to significantly improve the treatment paradigm for UC patients. Receptos plans to initiate a Phase 3 program in UC and a Phase 2 program in Crohn's disease in 2015.
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