WINSTON-SALEM, Jun 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Potential for Amplified Therapeutic Effect of REACT(TM) with Bilateral Kidney Injections
Potential to report data from enhanced delivery approach 1Q 2023
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ProKidney LP ("ProKidney"), a leading clinical-stage cellular therapeutics company focused on therapies for chronic kidney disease ("CKD"), today announced an update on its REGEN-007 Phase 2 clinical study of REACT(TM).
Background - ProKidney's REGEN-002 trial is a multi-center, randomized (1-to-1) Phase 2 trial that enrolled 81 stage 3/4 CKD diabetic patients who received two injections in the same kidney six months apart. Patients are being followed for up to two years. Previously disclosed preliminary and interim data as of September 2021 showed promising results with a majority of patients achieving disease stabilization or improved kidney function.
Based on an observed favorable safety profile in REGEN-002 and other previous studies, and a signal of improved kidney function, in REGEN-007 ProKidney is proceeding with the injection of REACT(TM) into both kidneys. ProKidney expects that injecting both kidneys will result in increased therapeutic effect as compared to injecting a single kidney, as the systemic effects of Type-2 diabetes mellitus impact both kidneys. By injecting both kidneys, patients have maximal exposure to REACT(TM) cells, with the potential to impact a greater proportion of damaged renal tissue. The number of glomeruli (the filtering units of the kidney) that are amenable to regenerative therapy is effectively doubled by injecting both kidneys, thereby allowing both kidneys to initiate healing and repair to improve function. The main goal of REGEN-007 is to evaluate whether REACT(TM) injections in both kidneys, as compared to two injections in the same kidney in REGEN-002, will: (a) increase the improvement of kidney function over and above the mean estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) improvement observed in REGEN-002, and/or (b) increase the number of patients in which kidney function stabilizes or improves.
REGEN-007 is an ongoing, prospective, randomized, open-label, repeat dose, double-arm, controlled safety and efficacy study of REACT(TM) in subjects with type 1 or 2 diabetes and CKD. The primary objective of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of up to two REACT(TM) injections delivered into biopsied and non-biopsied contralateral kidneys using a minimally invasive percutaneous approach. This open-label trial uses the same dosing regimen used in the ongoing Phase 3 trial launched in January of this year and will involve dosing both kidneys with REACT(TM). ProKidney commenced enrollment for REGEN-007 in the third quarter of 2021 and has expanded target enrollment from 30 to up to 50 subjects as a result of strong investigator and patient interest. As of June 1, 2022, 24 subjects were enrolled with 12 subjects randomized to cohort 1 and 12 subjects randomized to cohort 2. As of June 1, four subjects in cohort 1 had received their first dose of REACT(TM), two of whom received a second dose into the contralateral kidney, and five subjects in cohort 2 had received their first dose of REACT(TM).
"This study is expected to provide valuable insights into the potential benefits of treatment with doses of REACT(TM) in each kidney, and together with the ongoing Phase 3 program, is expected to support our planned biologics license application submission to the FDA in 2025," said Tim Bertram, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ProKidney. "We believe that dosing both kidneys with REACT(TM) can enhance our mission of sustaining renal function by augmenting the repair process over the course of a patient's life. We look forward to testing this hypothesis as we continue to recruit subjects, and to reporting data from our enhanced delivery approach in 1Q23."
The 50 subjects to be enrolled in REGEN-007 will be randomized (1-to-1) into one of two cohorts. The 25 patients to be randomized to Cohort 1 will receive two REACT(TM) injections in the biopsied and non-biopsied contralateral kidney 3 months apart. The 25 patients to be randomized to Cohort 2 will receive a single REACT(TM) injection into the biopsied kidney, with a second injection into the contralateral kidney if certain pre-defined laboratory triggers are met. For Cohort 2 patients, the triggers include a 30-day sustained decline in eGFR by at least 20% from the baseline value, confirmed with repeat laboratory testing, and/or an increase of greater-than or equal to30% and of at least 30 mg/g in albuminuria from baseline, using a standard urine chemistry, sustained for at least 30 days with two repeat central laboratory testing 7 days apart at least 30 days after initial event for confirmation.
REGEN-007's primary efficacy endpoint is improvement in the rate of renal function decline as indicated by the change from pre-injection baseline value to post-injection total (acute + chronic) slope of eGFR. The primary safety endpoint is treatment-emergent adverse events through 24 months following the last REACT(TM) injection. ProKidney anticipates initial evaluation from this study from a limited number of patients in the first half of 2023, with topline data expected in 2025.
ProKidney's Phase 3 program is expected to enroll up to 1,200 patients into two randomized, multi-center and blinded studies, REGEN-006 (600 patients) and REGEN-016 (600 patients), each with patients randomized (1-to-1) into an active cohort and a sham injection cohort. In both studies, active cohort patients will be injected with REACT(TM) in each kidney once with a three-month interval between injections, and patients randomized to the standard of care (sham) arm of the study will receive sham biopsies and sham injections. REGEN-007 is an unblinded study in which Cohort 1 patients will receive the same treatment regimen as the patients in the Company's Phase 3 program who are randomized to the active arms. We anticipate that REGEN-007 may provide some insights regarding the magnitude of clinical benefit that might be observed in ProKidney's Phase 3 program.
ProKidney, a pioneer in the treatment of CKD through innovation in cellular therapy, was founded in 2015 after a decade of research. ProKidney's lead product candidate, REACT(TM) (Renal Autologous Cell Therapy), is a first-of-its-kind, patented, disease-modifying, autologous cellular therapy with the potential not only to slow and stabilize the progression of CKD, but in some cases drive meaningful improvement in kidney function. REACT(TM) has received Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation, as well as FDA and EMA guidance, supporting the Phase 3 clinical program that launched on schedule in January 2022. On January 18, 2022, ProKidney announced that it would become a publicly traded company via a business combination with Social Capital Suvretta Holdings Corp. III . For more information, visit www.prokidney.com .
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