Aerami Therapeutics Initiates Dosing in Phase 1 Trial of AER-901, Its Proprietary Inhaled Imatinib for the Treatment of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Durham, N.C. --
- Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) affects almost 68,000 patients worldwide, with treatment limited to vasodilators, none of which are disease-modifying
- Dosing of patients in Phase 1 trial is currently ongoing with results expected later this year
- Plans to enter Phase 2/3 Trials in early 2022
Aerami Therapeutics, Inc. today announced the initiation of dosing in the Phase 1 clinical trial of its drug-device combination product candidate, AER-901, an inhaled imatinib for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
“We are pleased to announce that the dosing of subjects in our Phase 1 trial is ongoing and that we expect to have results available later this year, which, combined with the completion of our long-term toxicology program, will allow us to quickly move into our planned Phase 2/3 trials targeted for early in 2022,” said Steve Thornton, chief executive officer of Aerami. “We believe that AER-901 might, for the first time, provide the opportunity to modify the course of this insidious disease, and offer another important therapeutic option for patients with limited treatment options.”
Oral imatinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor used to treat certain types of cancers which has been previously investigated in a Phase 3 clinical trial, IMPRES, as an oral formulation for the treatment of PAH, given its potential to reduce the tightening and stiffness of pulmonary arteries. Oral imatinib demonstrated clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvement in pulmonary hemodynamics and physical exercise capacity but the indication was not pursued because of substantial adverse events believed to be a result of systemic toxicity associated with the high oral doses used in the study.
“By delivering AER-901, Aerami’s proprietary inhaled imatinib, directly to the site of the disease, we believe it has the potential to significantly reduce the dose necessary to achieve therapeutic benefit, thereby avoiding the adverse events seen with oral imatinib,” said Timm Crowder, president of Aerami, “Our nebulized formulation and delivery system has the potential to improve efficacy through deeper lung penetration and better drug uptake while reducing the potential for side effects like cough, which is commonly associated with other inhaled technologies such as dry powder formulations.”
Earlier this year Aerami announced an exclusive license and development agreement with Hangzhou Chance Pharmaceuticals Co. Ltd. (“Chance”) to develop and commercialize AER901 in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Chance has recently submitted a pre-IND meeting request to the Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE).
AER-901 has been developed as a nebulized formulation to improve drug uptake and dosing consistency and to avoid or reduce commonly seen issues related to powdered forms for inhalation including cough, which would be problematic in this group of patients who suffer severe shortness of breath. AER-901 is designed to deliver consistent, therapeutically effective, and well tolerated levels of imatinib through once-a-day inhalation via the Fox® device, licensed from Vectura Group plc, which is both 510k cleared and CE marked. A version of this nebulizer is currently marketed to patients with a form of pulmonary arterial hypertension in Europe. The Fox®, a breath actuated, smart nebulizer, is expected to enable AER-901 to be deposited more deeply in the lungs and small airways than a powdered form. A high percentage of powdered inhaled products are deposited in the throat. The Fox® achieves deep lung deposition by administering drug only during inhalation and controlling the flow rate and volume during inspiration.
About Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
PAH is a devastating disease affecting almost 68,000 patients worldwide with limited treatment options. The disease causes blood vessels in the lungs to become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This results in slowing of blood flow through the lungs and increases the blood pressure in the lung arteries. Over time, the heart must work harder to pump blood through the lungs, eventually causing the heart muscle to weaken and fail. PAH is often idiopathic and most commonly affects young women. Current therapeutic options focus mostly on vasodilation and have significant shortcomings including limited efficacy, inconsistent survival benefits, and significant side effects. Even with current medications, median survival is only seven to 10 years.
About Aerami Therapeutics
A clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing inhaled therapies to treat severe respiratory and chronic diseases. More information can be found at www.aerami.com. This press release contains “forward-looking statements” concerning the development and commercialization of Aerami’s product candidates, out-licensing arrangements, timing of clinical trials, the company’s business development efforts and its expectations regarding its prospects. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual future events or results to differ materially from such statements, including risks associated with the clinical development process and the ability to obtain funding to support planned clinical activities. These statements are made as of the date of this press release. Actual results may vary. Aerami undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason.