Inventiva receives a €4 million milestone payment from AbbVie for cedirogant Phase IIb initiation

Daix (France), Long Island City (New York, United States), January 31, 2022 – Inventiva (Euronext Paris and Nasdaq: IVA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and other diseases with significant unmet medical needs, today announced the receipt of a €4 million milestone payment from AbbVie. It follows the inclusion of the first patient with psoriasis in the ongoing Phase IIb clinical trial with cedirogant (ABBV-157)1, an oral RORg inverse agonist jointly discovered by Inventiva and AbbVie for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

The Phase IIb clinical trial initiated by AbbVie with cedirogant is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the drug candidate in adult patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The details of the clinical trial are available on clinicaltrials.gov2.

Frédéric Cren, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and cofounder of Inventiva, stated: “This new milestone payment and the initiation of a Phase IIb trial in adult patients with psoriasis are excellent news for Inventiva. It is an important step in the development of cedirogant, after the compound showed promising activity as an oral psoriasis agent in a Phase Ib clinical trial led by AbbVie. We are extremely proud to collaborate with AbbVie, a worldwide leader in autoimmune diseases, and we believe cedirogant has the potential to become a new reference treatment in psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases.”

In 2012, Inventiva and AbbVie signed a multi-year drug discovery collaboration agreement to identify potent RORg inverse agonists for the treatment of several auto-immune diseases. Through this collaboration, Inventiva leveraged its discovery expertise and technology platforms to develop drug candidates targeting the nuclear receptor RORg, a validated drug target for the treatment of cutaneous inflammatory disorders such as psoriasis.

This collaboration with AbbVie enables Inventiva to receive payments upon the achievement of clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones, as well as tiered royalties on product sales, from mid single-digit to low double-digit.

About psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common skin disease affecting more than 3% of the US adult population3. In moderate and severe cases, psoriatic lesions can be uncomfortable, itchy and disfiguring. Although the precise pathophysiology of psoriasis is unknown, an abnormal cutaneous immunologic/inflammatory response, associated with epidermal hyper proliferation and abnormal differentiation, seems to be involved.

Current treatment of psoriasis is directed toward the alteration of epidermal differentiation, reducing the inflammatory response and slowing the growth of involved skin cells. The extent and severity of the disease typically determine the therapeutic approach. In mild psoriasis, the most commonly used therapy is topical with the addition of phototherapy in refractory cases. In moderate to severe psoriasis, phototherapy or anoral systemic therapy are used.

About Inventiva

Inventiva is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral small molecule therapies for the treatment of NASH, MPS and other diseases with significant unmet medical need.

Leveraging its expertise and experience in the domain of compounds targeting nuclear receptors, transcription factors and epigenetic modulation, Inventiva is currently advancing two clinical candidates, as well as a deep pipeline of preclinical programs.

Lanifibranor, its lead product candidate, is being developed for the treatment of patients with NASH, a common and progressive chronic liver disease for which there are currently no approved therapies. In 2020, Inventiva announced positive topline data from its Phase IIb clinical trial evaluating lanifibranor for the treatment of adult patients with NASH and obtained both FDA Breakthrough Therapy and Fast Track designation for lanifibranor in the treatment of NASH. Lanifibranor is currently being evaluated in a pivotal Phase III clinical trial.

The Company has established a strategic collaboration with AbbVie in the area of autoimmune diseases resulting in the discovery of the drug candidate cedirogant (ABBV-157), an oral RORg inverse agonist. Cedirogant showed promising activity as an oral psoriasis agent in a Phase Ib clinical trial and is currently being evaluated in a Phase IIb clinical trial in patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis. This collaboration enables Inventiva to receive payments upon the achievement of pre-clinical, clinical, regulatory and commercial milestones, in addition to royalties on any approved products resulting from this collaboration.

Inventiva is also developing odiparcil, a second clinical stage asset, for the treatment of patients with subtypes of MPS, a group of rare genetic disorders. Inventiva announced positive topline data from its Phase IIa clinical trial evaluating odiparcil for the treatment of adult MPS VI patients in 2019 and received both FDA Fast Track and Rare Paediatric Disease designation for odiparcil in MPS VI.
In parallel, Inventiva is in the process of selecting an oncology development candidate for its Hippo signalling pathway program.

The Company has a scientific team of approximately 70 people with deep expertise in the fields of biology, medicinal and computational chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacology, as well as in clinical development. It also owns an extensive library of approximately 240,000 pharmacologically relevant molecules, approximately 60% of which are proprietary, as well as a wholly‑owned research and development facility.

Inventiva is a public company listed on compartment C of the regulated market of Euronext Paris (ticker: IVA – ISIN: FR0013233012) and on the Nasdaq Global Market in the United States (ticker: IVA). www.inventivapharma.com

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1https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05044234
2https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT05044234
3 Source : Armstrong et al., JAMA Dermatol. 2021;157(8):940-946. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2021.2007

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