Apellis Pharmaceuticals Announces 18-Month Results of Phase 2 Study (FILLY) of APL-2 in Geographic Atrophy
The company previously reported that APL-2 met its primary endpoint of reducing the growth rate of the GA lesion (measured as square root transformation of GA lesion area) compared to sham after 12 months of treatment. APL-2 administered monthly via intravitreal injection showed a 29% (p=0.008) reduction in the rate of GA lesion growth compared to sham after 12 months of treatment. With every other month administration of APL-2, a 20% (p=0.067) reduction was observed. Statistical significance was defined as p<0.1 for this study. After the 12 month dosing period, subjects were followed for a further six months without treatment. During this period of non-treatment, the GA lesions in the previously treated groups grew at a rate similar to sham. Subjects previously treated with monthly APL-2 showed only a 12% reduction over the six month period compared to sham, while those previously treated with every other month APL-2 showed a 9% reduction compared to sham.
No changes in the safety profile were observed in the 12-18 month period. Over the full 18-month study period, a total of 26 cases of exudative AMD were reported by the investigators. These were seen more frequently in the APL-2-treated patients (18 in the monthly treatment group, 7 in the every other month treatment group and 1 in the sham control group). No negative impact on visual acuity was observed.
“Geographic atrophy is a blinding disease, and today there are no approved treatment options for patients,” commented
The 18-month results of the FILLY trial will be presented by Dr. Singh at the 41st Annual Meeting of the
The Company previously announced that, following discussions with
About the FILLY trial
The FILLY trial is a 246-patient Phase 2 multicenter, randomized, single-masked, sham-controlled clinical trial of APL-2 in patients with GA conducted at over 40 clinical sites, located in the United States, Australia and
APL-2 is designed to inhibit the complement cascade centrally at C3, and may have the potential to treat a wide range of complement-mediated diseases more effectively than is possible with partial inhibitors of complement. APL-2 is a synthetic cyclic peptide conjugated to a polyethylene glycol (PEG) polymer that binds specifically to C3 and C3b, effectively blocking all three pathways of complement activation (classical, lectin, and alternative). In addition to the FILLY trial in GA, Apellis is currently evaluating APL-2 in two clinical trials for systemic administration in paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). Interim data from these trials demonstrated meaningful improvements in lactate dehydrogenase and hemoglobin levels in previously untreated patients as well as patients who are suboptimal responders to eculizumab, the current standard of care in the treatment of PNH. Phase 3 studies are planned in GA and PNH, and future clinical studies of APL-2 are anticipated in other diseases in which complement is implicated.
About geographic atrophy (GA)
GA is an advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disorder of the central portion of the retina, known as the macula, which is responsible for central vision and color perception. GA is a chronic, progressive condition that leads to central blind spots and permanent loss of vision. Based on published studies, we estimate that approximately one million people have GA in the United States alone. There are currently no approved treatments for GA.
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