Arcturus Reports Durability Data Against Omicron Variants, Including BA.5, at Six-Month Timepoint Following Booster with ARCT-154 COVID-19 Vaccine

New clinical data demonstrate high and sustained geometric mean fold rises (GMFR) in neutralizing antibodies against all evaluated Omicron variants 

Six months after booster dose of ARCT-154:

BA.1: GMFR = 22 to 52; Titer = 674 to 1524

BA.2: GMFR = 25 to 55; Titer = 777 to 1713

BA.5: GMFR = 9 to 24; Titer = 295 to 730

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$ARCT #ClinicalTrial–Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (the “Company”, “Arcturus”, “Arcturus Therapeutics”, Nasdaq: ARCT), a global, late-stage clinical messenger RNA medicines company focused on the development of infectious disease vaccines and significant opportunities within liver and respiratory rare diseases, today announced updated data from its ongoing ARCT-154 booster clinical trial. The new results demonstrate broad neutralizing antibody response against Omicron variants of concern, including BA.5, lasting for up to at least six months after administration of low-dose (5 mcg) ARCT-154 booster.

“Our next generation low-dose self-amplifying (STARR™) mRNA technology continues to differentiate itself from conventional mRNA vaccine technology as a highly and broadly immunogenic endemic vaccine platform with durable responses against the most challenging variants including Omicron BA.5 for at least 6 months,” said Joseph Payne, President and CEO of Arcturus Therapeutics. “Further validation of the breadth and duration for the immune responses to ARCT-154 are planned in upcoming pivotal clinical trial activities.”

Data shown above illustrate the ongoing antibody responses to single, low (5 microgram) booster doses of ARCT-154 in healthy adults (n=12) previously vaccinated with Comirnaty®. Samples taken at one, three, and six months after vaccination are shown.

After one month (day 29) and three months (day 91), neutralizing antibody responses to Omicron BA.5 were 33- and 20-fold elevated over pre-boost responses, respectively. After six months (day 181), neutralizing antibody responses to Omicron BA.1, BA.2, BA.5 ranged from 22- to 52-fold, 25- to 55-fold, and 9 to 24-fold elevated over pre-boost responses, respectively.

These data show sustained neutralizing responses to antigenically distinct variants of concern, including Omicron BA.5, for at least six months after vaccination.

About Arcturus Therapeutics

Founded in 2013 and based in San Diego, California, Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCT) is a global late-stage clinical mRNA medicines and vaccines company with enabling technologies: (i) LUNAR® lipid-mediated delivery, (ii) STARR™ mRNA Technology (samRNA) and (iii) mRNA drug substance along with drug product manufacturing expertise. Arcturus’ diverse pipeline of RNA therapeutic and vaccine candidates includes mRNA vaccine programs for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and Influenza, and other programs to potentially treat ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency, and cystic fibrosis, along with partnered programs including glycogen storage disease type III, and hepatitis B virus. Arcturus’ versatile RNA therapeutics platforms can be applied toward multiple types of nucleic acid medicines including messenger RNA, small interfering RNA, replicon RNA, antisense RNA, microRNA, DNA, and gene editing therapeutics. Arcturus’ technologies are protected by patents and patent applications issued in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and other countries. Arcturus’ commitment to the development of novel RNA therapeutics has led to collaborations including, amongst others, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Please connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information visit

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