HAMILTON, Bermuda, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kiniksa Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (KNSA) (“Kiniksa”), a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline consisting of five product candidates across various stages of development, focused on autoinflammatory and autoimmune conditions, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested additional information regarding the delivery device to be used in the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial of mavrilimumab in giant cell arteritis. In light of its device-related information request, the FDA placed the company’s recently-submitted investigational new drug application (IND) on clinical hold. The device-related information request does not pertain to preclinical toxicology data nor the design of the company’s Phase 2 clinical trial. The delivery device is 510(k)-cleared, and the company is providing the requested information.
“Mavrilimumab has the potential to be a differentiated treatment option for giant cell arteritis as we believe it targets the cytokine responsible for the critical pathological steps of the disease,” said Sanj K. Patel, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Kiniksa. “We are engaged with the FDA to resolve the device-related information request and look forward to having an active IND and initiating in the U.S. as soon as possible.”
Mavrilimumab is an investigational fully-human monoclonal antibody that antagonizes GM-CSF signaling by binding to the alpha subunit of the GM-CSF receptor. Kiniksa’s lead indication for mavrilimumab is giant cell arteritis, an inflammatory disease of blood vessels.
Kiniksa is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, acquiring, developing and commercializing therapeutic medicines for patients suffering from debilitating diseases with significant unmet medical need. Kiniksa has a sequential pipeline consisting of five product candidates across various stages of development, focused on autoinflammatory and autoimmune conditions. For more information, please visit www.kiniksa.com.
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These and other important factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2018 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on November 6, 2018 and our other reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release. Any such forward-looking statements represent management’s estimates as of the date of this press release. While we may elect to update such forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we disclaim any obligation to do so, even if subsequent events cause our views to change. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.
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